When We Make It

By Elisabet Velasquez

An unforgettable, torrential, and hopeful debut young adult novel-in-verse that redefines what it means to “make it,” for readers of Nicholasa Mohr and Elizabeth Acevedo.


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Sarai is a first-generation Puerto Rican question asker who sees the truth, pain, humor, and beauty of the world both inside and outside her Bushwick apartment. Sarai knows that asking questions is the smartest thing she can do, especially when navigating family trauma, masculinity in its most toxic form, and the systemic pressures of life in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. Questioning allows Sarai to live with determination and laughter, and to celebrate herself in a way that has long been denied.

When We Make It is an unforgettable debut novel-in-verse written in conversation with the Nuyorican poetry and literature that has come before it. Elisabet Velasquez’ novel is a love letter to girls who were taught to believe that they would not make it at all, for those born with stories already erased, and those redefining what it means to “make it” every damn day.

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Weight 18 oz
Dimensions 5.75 × 1.5 × 8.75 in