Amy Moring’s review of The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros is a 1980’s set book that takes place on a small street in the heart of an unspecified big city, Mango Street. The Latino neighborhood is made up of different types of people, each with their own unique story. Esperanza is at first disappointed with her family’s new home on Mango Street when the house is not satisfactory and life is dull. Her family could not afford any better and she longs for a big luxurious house in a suburb somewhere. Esperanza realizes that she must make the best of her new home and not judge the neighborhood upon its outside, because after she meets and hears the stories of her neighbors she is changed. I thought that this book was that it was written beautifully and had a great message, but due to a lack of action in the plot, it could get a little dull at times. This is why it receives an 8 out of 10. One of the best aspects of The House on Mango Street is the style in which it is written; poetic, seamless, and thoughtful. Also, wonderful imagery is used and there are no dialogue marks, which contributes to its smooth patterns. If has recently gone through as serious change in their life and is having trouble adjusting, this would be a great book for them to read, but anybody can learn something from it.

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