Date Completed: 4/1/16
A book that everyone has read, somehow my high school/middle school experience missed out on this fabulous opportunity. In efforts to de-whiten schools, this is a good start.
Cisneros writes masterfully and creatively with these little spurts on different people in a neighborhood from the perspective of a young girl. The imagery is phenomenal, and I loved what things Esperanza chose to focus on and develop stories around. It’s lovely to get a taste of what someone else experiences and feels and think about your relation to those insights and experiences.
I was surprised at just how short the story was, and how Cisneros never took us any deeper than the brief snippets Esperanza chose to focus on. However, I think the book is effective in providing readers with snapshots that mean more than what they appear to be and give insight into Esperanza’s life, beliefs, and dreams.
Sandra Cisneros is the author of many books, ranging from middle grade to memoir and everything in between it seems. She is most well known for this book, The House on Mango Street, I believe, as that is required reading in most schools. You can find out more about her here.