Chris Crutcher Writing Styles in Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

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The novel is written in the first person point of view. The narrating character is Eric Calhoune, known as Moby to everyone. Moby presents is story in a series of flashbacks, creating a narration that moves from present tense to past tense as he presents his story with a grouping of comments that helps the reader better understand the actions of the characters about whom he is talking. The point of view is restricted to Moby; therefore, some important action that takes place in the novel takes place outside the knowledge of the narrator and is presented in a story being told rather than seen. Moby's narration is clear and exciting, keeping the reader drawn in to the very last word.

The first person point of view works in this novel because it presents a story about a young, abuse victim from the standpoint of someone...

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