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Parents' Guide to

The House on Mango Street

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

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

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 15 parent reviews

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.
age 16+

Not appropriate for most ages

I am a student but this is my parent's account. Essentially as I was reading this, It dealt with sad and downright depressing matters, such as suicide and rape. It made me sad and disgusted to read this book. It is sickening and is sad.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (94 ):

In these short, poetic installments, Sandra Cisneros captures the sadness and desperation Esperanza sees among her neighbors, especially the women. Esperanza writes about her house on Mango Street with "windows so small you'd think they were holding their breath"; her mother, who quit school and pushes her to continue her education; and her friend Sally, who gets married too young to escape her house, only to end up trapped by her husband, who doesn't allow her to see friends or leave the house. There's also the confusion that comes with growing up, and the beauty in small moments, like riding a bike with friends.

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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