What's the book about? This coming-of-age novel follows Ezperanza Cordero, a young girl who grows up in an impoverished Latino neighborhood in Chicago amongst Chicanos and Puerto Ricans. The book is told through vignettes that do not follow a chronological order.
Why should you read it? Cisneros writes this book from the perspective of Ezperanza Cordero, the young girl (her age is hinted but never revealed). As a kid who grew up going to public school, I had never read a book like this. First, the protagonist was Latina. Up to that point, none of the books taught in middle school had characters that Latinos could relate to. Second, the book is, in my opinion, an avant-garde masterpiece of literature. The book is told through vignettes, poems, and everyday observations. Cisneros drops the reader into Ezperanza's adolescent physique and it's beautiful, dangerous, and overall relatable.