The House on Mango Street

Book review by Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Poetic coming-of-age story deals with abuse, sexual assault.

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 89 reviews

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age 16+

Worst book my child has read in a long time

My 15 yo loves to read and this was an honors English 9 book this year. It was terrible!! The stories were totally disjointed, uninteresting and kind of weird (like what message are you really trying to send to the kids?). It is, however, pretty short. Not worth reading and would not recommend as part of an ELA curriculum.
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age 18+

Predatory in nature. Depicts rape, teen sex, suicidal thoughts in detail and more

DO NOT let you child read this book. In general, it is a morbidly creative way to tell a story filled with depression, dysfunctionality, and looking at all things through a pessimistic lens. "Oh, but did you read the end?" Is what on school staffer asked me. Does it matter that the last chapter is lighter and shows the main character overcoming all of the horrible experiences? No, not when my child has already had to read, IN DETAIL, about the main character's terrible experience with teen sex and how her friend "Sally" was taken by a group of boys and raped, or how she expresses her desire to end her life in multiple forms. So not only is the book dark and depressing, it is exposing pornographic content to our kids. There are MANY ways to teach kids about the "real world" and how to react and overcome challenges than having them read books like this, which essentially takes their minds to the darkest of places and ignites the imagination into the perverse. Sex is a beautiful thing in the proper context. If a young woman's first impression of sex comes from this book, her idea of it will be completely tainted and add to her dysfunctionality, not keep her from it. Anyone who tries to convince you otherwise is already gone themselves. They have let the lines of morality, decency, and what should and should not be acceptable to kids, slip away. GET THIS BOOK OUT OF YOUR KIDS VIEW FAST!

This title has:

Too much sex
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Book Details

  • Author: Sandra Cisneros
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Vintage Books
  • Publication date: April 9, 1991
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Last updated: October 9, 2021

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