Hopefully, the school year is still full steam ahead. I would like to turn your attention to a book that not only discusses what it means to face challenges in school, but it also refers to what happens when someone’s ambition juxtaposes them to what society expects from them. Ashley Perez’s What Can’t Wait is a coming of age tale that explores what it means to be caught between two worlds.
What Can’t Wait is a book that is most appropriate for young adults. There is some coarse language, which is not atypical for a book geared towards this age group, but it actually gives credence to the book by making the voice of the main character, Marisa, sound more realistic. Perez vividly portrays Marisa realistically as a young woman who is stuck at a crossroad. One appeal to this book is that it is written in first person, and the audience has insight into Marisa’s thoughts. This is very valuable as her thoughts come across as both emotional and intelligent; they set the stage for the conflict in this book. Also, it is worth mentioning that Perez, who is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Indiana University (my alma mater!) has taught K-12 classes in Houston, including bilingual kindergarten. Plus, I know we teach our students not to judge a book by its cover, but the cover is very enticing and sharp; it’s very modern. Continue reading