Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Teen Review: Mango Street

Reviewed by Criselin, grade 12




The House on Mango Street, by Sandra Cisneros, is about a young Latin girl, 12 years old, named Esperanza, who is growing up in Chicago with Chicanos and Puerto Ricans. Esperanza is writing the story of her experience when she moves to Chicago. Esperanza wishes for a home of her own, and she has big dreams for her future. She gives $5 to a girl to become her friend, she forces an old man to kiss her, she suffers from wearing high heels that don't fit on her feet, she cries for her loved ones who are gone, and she has embarrassing and unforgettable moments, while watching those around her suffer because they have no freedom to do what they want to do with their lives.

This book taught me that you don't need be shy to go school because you have old and ugly clothes, especially if you' re smart. It taught me that you shouldn't waste your life, because you have a chance to improve your future.

This book is a mixed emotion novel: sad and happy. It is inspiring, because it explains that there is a reason why each experience happens in our lives, and each experience will teach us a lesson. It also makes you realize what you need to change to be successful, and if one day you have to leave one place and move to another, each will be part of your life and your heart.

The book cover is so simple--I love the apartment on the cover, but it would be more attractive if the building had a lot of windows with people inside, all the characters standing and looking out. I think that would attract more readers.

I rate this book of 4 out of 5 because it has a lot to teach but is also entertaining.


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