The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.

The Diverse Reader The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros Book Review

Title: The House On Mango Street

Author: Sandra Cisneros

Genre: Novella

Published: 1984

Publisher: Vintage

Total Pages: 130 pages

Topics Include: Growth, Friendship, An Autobiography, Poetry, Fiction and Life Experiences

Amazon Synopsis: The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes—sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous—Sandra Cisneros’ masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.


I remember reading The House On Mango Street in my younger years and remember enjoying it very much. I wanted to go back down memory lane and reread a few books from my past and see if they still are well written work. So, I decided to reread The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. The plot of this book always had a special place in my mind because of it taking place in Chicago. I think going into detail about this book is needed and the younger Isaly is still smiling after reading this book.


My favorite line:

“All brown all around, we are safe. But watch us drive into a neighborhood of another color and our knees go shakity-shake and our car windows get rolled up tight and our eyes look straight.”


My thoughts:

The House on Mango Street is a novella that takes place in Chicago and told in first person by the main character Esperanza Cordero. Esperanza is from the Latinx community and tells different encounters she has while living in a one bedroom home on the Southside of Chicago on a street called Mango Street. This is my second time reading this novella and it was quite an experience. It was a short read with having 130 pages. The writing style is considered vignettes and each page had a story to tell. The encounters that Esperanza had were written straight to the point and detailed by Sandra Cisneros. I enjoyed this book because it was a collection of short experiences and gave me a nostalgic feeling.

I think reading this as a child and preteen you are able to identify with everything that Esperanza is going through because of the coming of age theme. The stories were engaging, real and gave good representation of what life is like in certain neighborhoods. As a person that was born and raised in Chicago, reading this book made me remember when I was living on the Southside of Chicago. Esperanza’s character depicted someone that was from the Latinx community and living in Chicago because of the writing and language. Esperanza speaks about her name, family, language and culture throughout the book.

Esperanza also focused on the main people that she was close to such as her younger sister Nenny and friends on the street. When she spoke of her experiences she did mention all of her family members as well to the give the audience a well rounded idea of who her family was. The characters were well developed and shown through the eyes of the main character.

While reading this book, I was able to understand what Esperanza was going through as a child growing up and how life changes as we get older. One element that I did want to know while reading was her exact age because I had to guess based off context clues. The writing kept me engaged and I liked the fact that it stayed focus on the life of Esperanza living in a house on Mango Street. I think keeping the book in a first person narrative made the book more relatable but could have been a stronger read with a few adjustments. As the reader, you were growing with this character as she told her experiences.

Cisneros kept this book short but it is one of those books that did not need to be a long lengthy novel which is why I am glad that it was a novella. This book is something that any age group could enjoy because of the adventure aspect, coming of age context and experiences being told. But, this book would most relatable to preteens and teenagers. Overall, I am glad that I reread The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros and recommend it because it gave me a chance to read a book with good writing and an interesting storyline.

You can find this book at: https://amzn.to/2RjLRgY


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