Susan Beth Pfeffer Writing Styles in Life as We Knew It

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Point of View

The story is told in first person from the point of view of Miranda. It is presented as her diary, and so has an entry for almost every day. This is a very personal format, allowing Miranda to share with the reader her most intimate thoughts and feelings. This really helps the reader to get into her head and so understand her character better. The reader is given first hand evidence of how she reacts to things and how she feels about them. When Miranda seems to be angry and argumentative, the reader knows that she is really very frightened, or feeling guilty. This helps to make Miranda a more sympathetic character. Because we are being told the story from Miranda's diary, rather than usual first person narrative, it also means that the reader has no idea if Miranda survives. If Miranda were telling us the...

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