''The House on Mango Street'' is a 1984 young-adult novel by Sandra Cisneros. It is structured as a series of vignettes told from the point of view of Esperanza, a young Mexican girl, who describes her neighborhood, her life and the people she knows.
!!''The House on Mango Street'' contains the following tropes:
* AbusiveParents: Sally's dad beats her.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter Averted like whoa.
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Esperanza's parents tell her she is being this when she stops participating in some family activities, out of frustration with their poverty.
* HopeSproutsEternal: The four skinny trees.
* InnocentInaccurate: Esperanza, throughout the entire book
* MostWritersAreWriters: Writing is Esperanza's means of escape
* RapeAsDrama: Maybe.
** To clarify: [[spoiler: Esperanza is very clearly assaulted at a carnival by some random man, but it's never stated how far it goes. The reader knows that there was some ''very'' forceful kissing, but Esperanza doesn't elaborate. Was it too horrific? Did she block it from her memory? We don't know.]]
* [[ManChild Woman Child:]] Ruthie. Many characters avoid her because of this.
* WrongSideOfTheTracks: Esperanza and her family live in the Latino part of Chicago, where most families are poor. She derisively describes how white people who go there are scared of her neighborhood, and she also says that it's scary for ''her'' people to go into a wealthy neighborhood.