Terry Trueman Writing Styles in Stuck in Neutral

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Point of View

The novel is written in the first person point of view. The narrative is given through Shawn’s perspective, through his thoughts. Shawn cannot speak or communicate in any way with the other characters in the book. His only form of communication is with the reader. Additionally, the reader only receives a window into Shawn’s life through his observations. Therefore, if Shawn’s eyes cannot focus on something, or if he undergoes a seizure and his spirit leaves his body, the reader is taken with him and misses out on other pieces of the narrative that may be occurring simultaneously.

Shawn’s narration is very much attuned to that of a fourteen-year-old boy. He lusts after girls, swears occasionally, and stresses over events in his life. For this reason, the reader becomes extremely connected to the human characteristics that make Shawn an individual. The...

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