What Can(t) Wait (Paperback)

By Ashley Perez

Carolrhoda Books, 9780761384991, 234pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2012



Another day finished, gracias a Dios. Seventeen-year-old Marisas 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 family. An ordinary lifemarrying a neighborhood guy, working, having babiesought 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, shes not even sure what she wants. When her life at home becomes unbearable, Marisa seeks comfort elsewhereand suddenly neither her best friend nor boyfriend can get through to her. Caught between the expectations of two different worlds, Marisa isnt sure what she wantsother than a life where she doesnt end each day thanking God its over. But some things just cant wait