Ann Brashares Writing Styles in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

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Point of View

The point of view shifts, depending on the chapter. It may be either first person, an unnamed narrator, speaking in a third person limited viewpoint. The author purposely uses this constantly shifting point of view to mimic the topsy-turvy world of a young teen girl. Most of the first person narration occurs with Carmen, whose viewpoint both opens and closes the book. She tells the reader about the acquisition of the pants, the determination to use it as a symbol of their friendship, and about the Sisterhood.

Other chapters are written in third person, limited, and feature the other girls. It allows for more detail to be included and tells the story objectively. In those chapters that feature an unnamed narrator, the interior thoughts of the girls, only, are featured. Additionally, the author utilizes letters that the girls write to one another. These are written...

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