Lilliam Rivera’s debut novel The Education of Margot Sanchez may have just hit stores everywhere this week but authors and reviewers have been raving about it for months! Here’s a sample of some of the great quotes it’s garnered:


“Introducing Lilliam Rivera, one of the most unique and exciting new voices in YA. The Education of Margot Sanchez is funny, poignant, compelling and authentic. She nails the music and conflict of an evolving Bronx, New York. I adore this novel.”

—Matt de la Peña, author of Last Stop on Market Street

“In the hands of debut novelist Lilliam Rivera, Margot’s choices—which friends?  which boy?  which future?—take on a tense urgency.  Lively and telling, smart and compelling, Margot Sanchez is a character to take to your heart and Rivera a voice to remember.”

—Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club

The Education of Margot Sanchez shatters the myth of assimilation by exposing the loss and ache that comes with it. Instead, Lilliam Rivera tells the reader that there is nothing more powerful and beautiful than staying true to oneself.”

—Isabel Quintero, author of Gabi: A Girl in Pieces

The Education of Margot Sanchez feels as classic as Judy Blume and, at the same time, entirely new.  It’s a rich, page-turning tale about a teenage girl stuck between a rock and the growing-up place.”

—Veronica Chambers, author of Mama’s Girl and The Go-Between


Intrigued? Ready to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Latinx culture of The Bronx? Lucky you, we just so happen to be featuring an extended excerpt right now (available until March 6th) so jump right in! While the excerpt will take care of the sights of The Bronx, for the sounds, try listening to this playlist from author Lilliam Rivera while you’re reading for a truly immersive experience!