Study Guide

The House on Mango Street Chapter 3

By Sandra Cisneros

Chapter 3

Boys & Girls

  • The boys and girls in the narrator's family can't be seen talking to each other outside of the house – you know, because of the whole cooties thing. They "live in separate worlds" (3.1).
  • So the narrator is stuck with her little sister Nenny, who's too young to be her friend.
  • Someday, the narrator says, she'll have a best friend who will be cool and fun and understand her jokes.
  • Until then, she feels like "a balloon tied to an anchor" (3.4).