''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.

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!!''The House on Mango Street'' contains the following tropes:
* AbusiveParents: Sally's dad beats her.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter Averted like whoa.
* BookEnds: Part of the first vignette appears in the final one, ''Mango Says Goodbye Sometimes.'' And yes, the part that's repeated ends after the comma:
--> We didn't always live on Mango Street. Before that we lived on Loomis on the third floor, and before that we lived on Keeler. Before Keeler it was Paulina,
* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Esperanza's parents tell her she is being this when she stops participating in some family activities, out of frustration with their poverty.
* CharacterTitle: ''Marin'', ''Sire'', and ''Sally''.
* ComingOfAgeStory
* HopeSproutsEternal: The four skinny trees.
* InnocentInaccurate: Esperanza, throughout the entire book.
* {{Jerkass}}: Mamacita's husband. He complains about Mamacita only being able to speak Spanish, when he could teach her English himself.
* LongTitle
** ''There Was an Old Woman She Had So Many Children She Didn't Know What to Do''
** ''Papa Who Wakes Up Tired in the Dark''
** ''Rafaela Who Drinks Coconut & Papaya Juice on Tuesdays''
** ''Alicia & I Talking on Edna's Steps''
* MostWritersAreWriters: Writing is Esperanza's means of escape.
* OneWordTitle: ''Hairs'', ''Laughter'', ''Chanclas'', and ''Hips''.
* 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.]]
* SliceOfLife
* TarotTroubles
* TitleDrop: Many vignette titles are repeated in the stories. To name a few, ''The House on Mango Street'' (which is actually a double Title Drop, given that it's the book's title), ''My Name'', ''Meme Ortiz'', ''Those Who Don't'', ''A Rice Sandwich'', ''Four Skinny Trees'', ''No Speak English'', and ''Mango Says Goodbye Sometimes''.
* [[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.
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