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Summary: The Book "The House on Mango Street is about a girl named Esperanza, a Mexican American girl who is about 12 years old in the beginning of the book she had just recently moved in to place called Mango Street, but it wasn't anything that she had hoped for as it was a run down building in a crummy neighborhood in the middle of Chicago and says that one day she'll leave Mango Street. Over the course of a year Esperanza matures, sexually and emotionally, the book charts her year as she makes friends and her body develops going through puberty, her first crush and enduring sexual assault. The book contains not only Esperanza's story but also the stories of her neighbors that help paint the a picture of the neighborhood she lives in and the possible paths that are available to Esperanza. Throughout the book Esperanza has many new experiences to her and that is what pushes her into maturity and closer to the adult world. At the start of the book she makes 2 friends Lucy and Rachel, along with her younger sister Nenny. The four hangout as they buy a bike, learn more about boys from Marin,a young woman that lives in the neighborhood, deep conversations, and situations where Esperanza is kissed by an older man at her job. Around the middle of the book is when summer rolled around and she goes into puberty she begins to like boys and dreams about them. This along with the death of her two family members pushes her more to the adult world, as she had been in living in a child's world until then. This goes into more short stories of the older women living on Mango Street. The last chapters of the book is when Esperanza makes a new friend named Sally who is more sexually mature than her recent friends, Sally uses boys and men to escape from her abusive father emotionally. This friendship only results in a bad way for the two. While at a carnival waiting for Sally she gets sexually assaulted again this time from a group of boys. All this leads to is Esperanza wanting to leave Mango Street even more now and while she can't leave just yet she can escape in the writing that she does as this book turns out to as a diary for her.

Book Information: Title: The House on Mango Street, Author: Sandra Cisneros, Published: January 1, 1984, Genre: Coming of Age, Autobiography