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The Education of Margot Sánchez

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,105 ratings  ·  503 reviews
Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera.


Mami, for destroying my social life
Papi, for allowing Junior to become a Neanderthal
Junior, for becomi
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by Simon & Schuster
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Sunny Carito I think a lot of the book dealt with characters trying to bridge two cultures, from the double standards of Margot's parents and the way they wanted h…moreI think a lot of the book dealt with characters trying to bridge two cultures, from the double standards of Margot's parents and the way they wanted her to go on to high-powered professions to the different personas Margot needed for her private school friends and her coworkers in the South Bronx. A book set in Puerto Rico would been about different things and different people. (less)
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Naz (Read Diverse Books)
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars
This was a very fun, quick read about a teenager who is made to work at her father's supermarket for using his credit card without permission. But it does tackle some heavy subjects as well! While she works there, Margot will meet new people and make new friends, and struggle to maintain the normalcy of her previous life and relationships. I say previous life because this summer will change Margot profoundly.

Margot's "education" will be about gentrification, privilege, and the complexi
Roxanne (The Novel Sanctuary)
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.75* These characters are absolutely infuriating. But real. This book touches on a lot of really important issues, and it's so unapologetically Boricua. I recommend it.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Gossip Girl
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for approving my request for a free digital copy in exchange for a review.

It pains me to say that I did not enjoy The Education of Margot Sanchez (TEOMS). I would describe TEOMS as Gossip Girl with a Latina lead, which is truly refreshing as reader. In fact, this book can easily be expanded into a series. However, I found the lead character vapid and selfish. There little to no character development, and what development there is to speak of only occurs wit
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Diverse readers, high school libraries
Margot wants to be someone else.

However, her family, friends, and pseudo-community will guarantee her desire won't happen.

The Education of Margot Sanchez is a coming of age story featuring a Latina coping with two masks: the one she wears when she's at Somerset Prep and it's ritzy, privileged crowd and the one, more geared towards her true self, she wears around her father, mother, brother, best friend Elizabeth, and a guy locking her heart down without her permission, Moises.

Pretty in Pink mee
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent! And oh Moises. You have my heart.
Francina Simone
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I had some world issues with this book and a few character-reader connection issues.

Other wise it was a good book overall but it fell short in a few places. Video coming soon!!
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Can we stop comparing this book to Pretty in Pink? Okay, thanks. That's a start.

I had super high hopes for this book, but I just ended up being uncomfortable for like most of it. There is so much fat shame and slut shame in this book and most of it are comments made by Margot herself and it goes unchallenged. I had hoped the issue on colorism would be explored, but all we get is Margot saying that yeah she's lighter skin than the people in her family and her mom was considered ugly for being dar
After being caught stealing money from her father, Margot's summer will be spent working at the family store, rather than in the Hamptons with the girls she wants to have an in with at her school. It's a summer that, more than she anticipates, teaches Margot a million and two lessons about life, family, secrets, and about how to be her own person.

The voice in this book is phenomenal and the story itself is SO teen. The trouble Margot finds herself in is big stuff but it's big stuff in the sense
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2017
3.5 stars!

I had extremely high expectations and sadly, I have to say that the book didn't quite deliver. There are a lot of things I loved about it, but also some things that the book lacked. I especially found the ending not really satisfying because while all the conflicts were more or less worked out, there were still scenes that I wished for that never happened.
But I loved the heroine Margot, in all her flawed glory (though I wanted to shake her sometimes), the complicated family dynamics
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes a book really lives up to its (totally gorgeous) cover. Margot Sanchez is so endearingly flawed and real. As a kid who crossed class/cultural boundaries to attend private high school, I really identified with her struggle to reconcile her new self with her family and community of origin. And that community is so brilliantly nuanced! I loved seeing so many stereotype-busting Latinx characters in one book. Elizabeth, Moises, Paloma, Mami, and Jasmine had my heart strings especially. Each ...more
Lilly (Lair Of Books)
4.5 Stars!!!! Thank you Simon & Schuster and Lilliam Rivera for the eGalley of The Education Of Margot Sanchez in exchange for an honest review.

I devoured this book & loved every minute I spent flipping pages this weekend. I've said it before & I'll say it again, there is something special for a reader when they pick up a #ownvoices book. I've heard this book be described as familial and comforting by other Latinx readers/bloggers & I couldn't agree more. Full review to come on my blog Lairofbo
Jessica {Litnoob}
Dnf at 28%

Just can’t relate, Margot and her family are horrible people. It’s frustrating and I can’t get into the story though Moises and his battle against gentrification was what I wanted to keep going for, but the rest is just so annoying I can’t.

I had a feeling I wouldn’t like Margot going into this book. She’s extremely privileged and shallow, which is made loudly known at certain points. She's very reminiscent of Sam from Before I Fall, but at least, Sam grew with the novel. Margot didn’t, really. Margot “Princesa” Sanchez has been forced to work at her father’s supermarket after maxing out her father’s credit card. There, she’s forced to deal with her older, overprotective brother, Junior, Papi’s inane rules, and frown while her f
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Margot Sanchez is in big trouble. She used her father’s credit card to update her wardrobe and now she’s stuck behind the deli counter of the family grocery store, working off the charges as punishment. But Margot isn’t going to let anyone – or anything – stand in the way of her dreams and schemes. When she learns of an exclusive beach party, she’s set on attending, even if it means getting in more trouble. A charming coming-of-age novel about how when you’re a teen it can seem like your parents ...more
Brandy Painter
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Margot's voice is perfectly teen. She is self-absorbed yet open to learning more about the world around her. She is consumed by petty goals and desires yet has a real desperate need to figure out what she's truly meant to do and live for. She is both shallow and deep. She is incredibly real and the situations she finds herself in are very much typical teen problems. The cover makes this book seem like it might be edgier than it actually is. Margot's family has some serious problems, and part of ...more
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Ugh, so voicey it almost made me sick. I love Margot so much for all her rough edges (plus our shared quirk of list-making for EVERYTHING) and her relationship with her brother feels so much like mine with my brother. The depth of the side characters and how important they are to Margot's story is noteworthy too. I usually forget about the secondaries shortly after I finish a book, but this is one time where I definitely won't.

Also, I called it on Jasmine's secret guy and who was stealing money.
da AL
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Am a grown up & loved this for me! What a terrific book! ...more
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
FINALLY this is out in audio. I am so thrilled to have the chance to listen because it was even better than I imagined.
Sylvia (Serial Bibliophile)
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-challenge
This book was the perfect way to start my 2017!

It's fun, full of drama, and best of all? It's diverse! I must admit that the main reason of my enjoyment of this book is that I felt represented. Sometimes I could see myself in the main character and well... it had me sold!

Margot Sanchez lives a - relatively - privileged life. Her family owns "a chain of supermarkets" (just two supermarkets, but why not call it a chain to make it sound better, right?) which is why her family can afford to send her
Feb 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary

The Education of Margot Sanchez was a total cover lure for me. The promise of a Puerto-Rican family just sealed the deal for me. Lilliam Rivera is a great writer and I foresee a very bright future for her if she continues with such solid writing. Here are some of my quick opinions about the book.

-First things first, Margot is not going to be the protagonist for everyone. She is one angry girl, and she’s not afraid to let out her frustrations. She wasn’t particularly likeable. I thought her
Tatiana Lee
Nov 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I was given an eARC from Simon & Schuster and Jellybooks in exchange for reading statistics. (Release Date- February 21, 2017) No spoilers.

Before I start the actual review, I want you to just take a moment. A moment where you imagine yourself as a child, a child who doesn't know what they look like. A child who grew up hearing "But you don't look x," "You look like you have a raccoon on your head," or worse silence. Now imagine you see a YouTube video from a booktuber saying she doe
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, signed, own
I'm glad I bought this book. Sometimes the writing isn't very strong (lots of short, choppy sentences or unrealistic dialogue), but I really liked the story. We have a lot of books about white girls who learn about themselves and learn that being popular isn't always the most important thing, and I loved this for being that story with a Latina protagonist. I liked the characters and that everyone had depth (good people messed up and did bad things, just like in real life) and wasn't a stereotype ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star

Fantastic story about a Latina girl who tried so hard to be somebody else, to learn how to undo herself to please others that she only ended up getting in trouble. Trouble that led to punishment, which led to some hard punishments, which led to her learning the most important lessons of her life.

The writing was a little choppy, and sometimes it worked for Margot's voice and sometimes it made the story seem stilted. But I really liked Margot and her story.

More later.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, ya-contemporary
Low 3 stars | Honestly, the one thing I really like about this book is the cover. I gave it 3 stars because it did keep me entertained and I wanted to see how it would end, but damn this book has some truly awful characters. That said, I’d give this author another chance.
Ceillie Simkiss
I really enjoyed this book. Read my full review here! ...more
Mar 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I thought this book was fun and quick, I liked the world that Margot inhabited, I just had a hard time liking her! 3.5 stars
Ms. Yingling
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline
I was really enjoying this one, with its themes of personal identity, separating from family, and the whole fish-out-of-water aspect of Margot being in a fancy private school and not feeling quite right, but not feeling quite right at her family's grocery store, either. Then the f-bombs started falling and I knew it wasn't for middle grade readers. A shame, but we all have our philosophical stands. Bad language is just inexcusable. And vulgar. If students w
Amazing. This is everything I know & understand & I saw myself in Margot & within these pages. Review to come. ...more
Kelly Gunderman
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

The Education of Margot Sanchez is one of those books that I couldn't help but love. The characters were fun, the plot of the book was a good one, and the cover went really well with the story. There's a lot of emphasis on family, even if it isn't always in a positive light.

Margot Sanchez, called Princesa by her family and those in her neighborhood who know her, is looking at a long and terribly boring summer
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very well written. I got sucked into the typical life of a 15-year-old who worries about what other people think of her. She tries too hard to fit in at her new experience private school where she got in trouble and is now paying back her Papi. This really shines a light on how stupid teenagers can be. I know I wasn't like these kids but I knew kids like this. Very enjoyable and a fast read. I liked Margot even though she was a selfish person. Well rounded characters.
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Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of the young adult novels DEALING IN DREAMS and THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ, both by Simon & Schuster and available now in bookstores everywhere. Named a "2017 Face to Watch" by the Los Angeles Times, Lilliam's work has appeared in New York Times, Elle, and Los Angeles Times, to name a few. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at LilliamRiver ...more

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