Nick Hornby Writing Styles in About a Boy

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Point of View

The novel is told in the third-person and omniscient point of view. The narration moves from Marcus to Will in alternating chapters, Marcus beginning and Will coming second. The changing narration allows the reader to see the action of the novel through the eyes of each of the main characters, which occasionally includes a different view on the same event.

The point of view in this novel is common to most modern bestsellers. However, in this novel the author has two clear narrators who take turns telling the story. This is well thought out and organized, telling the reader a strong story through the eyes of two very different narrators. In fact, by telling the story in this fashion, the writer opens the door to a few comic situations that only the reader can fully appreciate. For this reason, the point of view works well with...

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