Book Review:The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

A couple of days ago, I just finished reading The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros. The book is written in vignettes, which are short descriptive moments/scenes. In these vignettes, the reader embarks the journey of Esperanza Cordero, the main character. Although the reader does not know the exact age of Esperanza, it is hinted throughout the book that she is around fourteen years old.

Esperanza and her family have moved onto a new street : Mango Street. Their house isn’t the dream house that the family imagined of, but Esperanza says that it is better than their previous house. Esperanza quickly makes friends with Lucy and Rachel Guerrero, two sisters from Texas. The three and Esperanza’s little sister Nenny have many adventures in their small neighbourhood. Esperanza writes about her new experiences and she expresses her many thoughts about her neighbourhood, family and surrounding things. Esperanza also writes about escaping the crummy neighbourhood but she promises to come back for the people that she left behind…

This book does have some vignettes that require maturity and sometimes the vignettes are a little hard to understand…

For more information about this book and its author (Sandra Cisneros) please visit Sandra’s website:

By: Purple Pansy


2 thoughts on “Book Review:The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

    • Yup, I finished the book a long time ago! I think I finished it last Monday… It was a really good book and I can’t wait until the author releases a new book!

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