The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros

Finally, in a neighborhood in Chicago, Esperanza got what she always dreamed of.

Or did she?

Ever since she was little, her parents had told her fanciful stories of the house they will own and never have to leave. However, when that house finally became a reality, it wasn't at all what she had imagined. Now she can only dream of the day she can leave Mango Street and get away from the broken house. Every chapter reveals a new adventure in Esperanza's life on Mango street and her struggles with her identity, discrimination, and growing up.  

“You will always be Esperanza. You will always be Mango Street. You can't erase what you know. You can't forget who you are.”

The House on Mango Street is perfect for a quick read. It is short and easy to understand so it is a good first choice from the AP list. Personally, I enjoyed Cisneros’ style of the writing. Each chapter was too long to be a poem but it still had the flow and feel of poetry. There were also many messages throughout the writing, such as: discrimination, identity, becoming a woman, and loss. There wasn’t much I didn’t like about the book, but I would have liked to have more detail in each chapter. Occasionally, the events would become confusing and I would have to go back, however; after reading through it a second time it was simple to understand and the author's purpose became clear.

Esperanza's Bike


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1524 N. Campbell, Chicago, Illinois. Digital image. Sandra Cisneros: The House                          on Mango Street Is a Real Place. Sandra Cisneros, n.d. Web. <SANDRA                                 CISNEROS (Sandra Cisneros: The House on Mango Street is a Real                                        Place)>.


Madeline DeMarco. “House on Mango Street Trailer.” Online video clip. Youtube.              

       Youtube, 27 May. 2013. Web. 21 May. 2015.

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