Jimmy Wang Wang من عند Plan-d'Aups-Sainte-Baume, فرنسا
When my roommate saw that I was reading Sandra Cisneros she made one of those faces of disgust, and it came complete with a sound of disgust. It's understandable, though, because Sandra Cisneros is very much an aquired taste that you either love or hate. Sandra Cisneros has very contemporary writing style and often writes about the Latin culture. Neither of those tend to bother people. It's the short story format that will make or break people. Overall I enjoyed the story. At certain parts it tended to drag a little while other parts really picked up. The basic moral of the story wasn't touched upon really until the end of the book in the last few chapters, so that was sort of annoying, but other than that there wasn't any other problems I felt with the writing. The thing that was most intriguing and fascinating and just wonderful about this book was the characters. Every character was fully developed and had wonderful stories about them. My favorite characters, more specifically they're relationship, was Lala and her father. I was constantly reminded of the relationship between my father and I. If you are a daddy's girl, an honest and real daddy's girl (not the spoiled kind) than you should really read this book. There will be parts that will make you want to contact your dad and just let you know you love him. I actually did that after reading a certain paragraph. I advise anyone to pick up this book and give it a read. If you enjoyed The House on Mango Street than you will probably enjoy Caramelo.
Either I am not literary enough, or Daniel Handler's writing is much more appropriate for children's lit. (Lemony Snickett)