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August 8, 2009

The House on Mango Street

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The House on Mango Street

Author:  Sandra Cisneros

Page Length: 110

Reading Level:  4

Genre:  Fiction novella

PLOT SUMMARY: This story is written with chapters that are short vignettes which plot out the life of the main character, Esperanza.  It takes place in her neighborhood, Mango Street, where she grows physically and emotionally.  Esperanza starts writing to express and voice her feelings as a way to get away from the suffocating effect of the neighborhood. Through the story there are many other short stories of her friends and neighbors on Mango Street.   So, the reader gets a full view of what Esperanza is going through.  Luckily, she and her younger sister, Nenny, become friends with Lucy and Rachel who live across the street.  They all become close enough to have many fun times and adventures there in the small neighborhood.

Esperanza begins to mature and when puberty arrives she starts to like it when the boys watch her dance. Esperanza also becomes friends with Sally, a girl her age who uses boys to get away from her abusive father.   Esperanza is not comfortable with Sally’s sexuality, and their friendship is compromised when Sally dumps Esperanza for a boy at a carnival.   As a result Esperanza is sexually confronted by a bad group of boys at the carnival, and the traumatic experience makes her desire to escape Mango Street very demanding.  However, she later realizes that she will never fully be able to leave Mango Street behind.  She vows that after she leaves she will return to help the people she has left behind.

REVIEW: This book is written in short vignettes, and is a very interesting book about the Hispanic culture in Chicago. I loved reading this book, because of its style, and that it was short and sweet.


4.9 draw on experience for word meanings

4.10 know main idea and details

4.12 analyze characters

4.11 connect and compare ideas

RELATED BOOKS:  Loose Women by Marlee Martin; Holler if you Hear Me, Vintage Cisneros, and Hair Pelitos


REVIEWED BY:  Linda Schwegler

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