Esperanza moved with her family on Mango Street. Esperanza has moved a lot of times with her family which is her only memory of moving. She lives with Papa, Mama, Carlos, Kiki and Nenny.
Each member of the family has different types of hair. Papa's hair is up like a broom, Esperanza's hair is lazy and does not obey barrettes. Nenny's hair is slippery and her hair slides out of your hand. Kiki's hair is like fur and mother's hair is like rosettes and like little candy circles.
Louie decided to take Esperanza and her family for a ride. As they were driving past an alley, they heard sirens. As he was trying to get a way from the police, he drove straight into a pole.
Esperanza and Sally decided to go to the carnival. Esperanza is waiting for Sally while she is on a ride, but a group of boys attack her and force Esperanza to kiss them. Esperanza gets angry at Sally for abandoning her at the carnival.
Esperanza noticed a boy named Sire looking at her. She would walk past his block and noticed him looking at her. She noticed that Sire had a girlfriend named Lois.
A bum man calls Rachel pretty and offers a dollar for her to kiss him. Rachel wanted to do the deal, but Lucy grabbed her hand and ran. Lucy was disappointed in the decision Rachel could have made.