• Rachel Penate

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

TITLE: The House on Mango Street

AUTHOR: Sandra Cisneros

PUBLISHER: Random House


STARS: ★★★★★

SUMMARY: “Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero.

Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous–it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.”

REVIEW: The House on Mango Street is EVERYTHING that’s good & right about literature. The End!

Hahaha just kidding…

But, really, I always feel inadequate reviewing classics so beloved by so many. How in the world do you say something that hasn’t already been said? Since I know this will be a book I’ll read over and over again, here is what I loved during this inaugural read through:

★ THE PERSPECTIVE OF CHILDHOOD: I’m so glad Cisneros chose to view Esperanza’s life through the lens of her childhood years. There is a simple refreshing quality to writing from the perspective of youth. Those years are so formative and a lot of what we experience as kids is so honest - an honesty we’ve almost forgotten in adulthood.

★ THE STORY STRUCTURE: Ultimately, what really sold me on this book was the vignettes. Not only did this structure lend itself to speed reading, it allowed me a quick snapshot of each little corner of Esperanza’s community. I truly felt like I took a tour of her life and world and for that, I am now so much better off.

Overall, absolutely worth the read.

SENSITIVITY WARNINGS: Death, & implied physical/sexual abuse.

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