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Book Review: The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

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*This review may contain spoilers*

Partly biographical and partly fiction – The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is about Esperanza Cordero, a young Latino girl growing up in poverty in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago. The story is beautifully and quite poetically written in a series of short vignettes – no longer than 3 or 4 pages each.

There isn’t a set plot to the novel, instead the vignettes act like snapshots from Esperanza’s day-to-day life.

Esperanza knows that she doesn’t want to belong in the rundown, desolate Mango Street and strives to reject the low expectations the word seems to have for her. By the end of the book, she understood that that she couldn’t forget her past.

“When you leave you must remember to come back for the others. A circle, understand? 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.”

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to everyone, it was a quick and easy read and left me wanting more

-Holly

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