What Can(t) Wait

What Can(t) Wait

by Ashley Hope Pérez


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What Can(t) Wait by Ashley Hope Pérez

“Another day finished,gracias a Dios.”

Seventeen-year-old Marisa’s mother has been saying this for as long as Marisa can remember. Her parents came to Houston from Mexico. They work hard, and they expect Marisa to help her familia. An ordinary life—marrying a neighborhood guy, working, having babies—ought to be good enough for her.

Marisa hears something else from her calc teacher. She should study harder, ace the AP test, and get into engineering school in Austin. Some days, it all seems possible. On others, she’s not even sure what she wants.

When her life at home becomes unbearable, Marisa seeks comfort elsewhere—and suddenly neither her best friend nor boyfriend can get through to her. Caught between the expectations of two different worlds, Marisa isn’t sure what she wants—other than a life where she doesn’t end each day thanking God it’s over.

But some things just can’t wait…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761384991
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/2012
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 378,513
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 5.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: HL680L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ashley Hope Pérez grew up in Texas and served in the Teach for America Corps in a neighborhood similar to the one depicted in her debut novel, What Can't Wait. She has worked as a translator and is completing a PhD in comparative literature. She spends most of her time reading, writing, listening to audiobooks, and teaching college classes on vampire literature and Latin-American women writers. For fun, she bakes cookies and runs. She lives in Indiana with her husband, Arnulfo, and their son, Liam Miguel.

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What Can(t) Wait 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I teach in a school where our demographics are very similar to the one in the story. The author was able to catch the culture very well and was extremely realistic. I will use this book in the future to motivate young hispanic girls who want more out of life than what is the norm in their families. For people who are familiar with first generation blue collar Mexican families,this book will be easy to relate to. For people who have not been exposed to this culture, I think the author did a fine job of describing the struggles with out hugely stereotyping Mexicans. Super easy read, read it for the plot but don't expect to find any other literary elements worth exploring.
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This book was amazing. I couldn't put itdown it was so good. I read it within a week or two.
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Haters gonna hate