Carol Plum-Ucci Writing Styles in What Happened to Lani Garver

Carol Plum-Ucci
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Point of View

This novel is told in first-person limited omniscience narration through Claire McKenzie's perspective. This means that Claire speaks using "me" and "I" and that the only character to whose thoughts the reader has access are Claire's alone. The reader is held very close to Claire's emotions and thoughts, since these are the most important factors to understanding the novel as a whole. Because the reader is held so close to Claire, the point-of-view is completely reliable. As Claire struggles to understand what is happening around her - why her friends are lying to her and why they hate Lani so viciously - she has no reason to manipulate the circumstances for the reader.

Claire's situation, and ultimately her confusion, provides the perfect opportunity for the reader's questions to be answered. Whenever the reader is confused about the events in the novel, particularly questions about Lani's identity...

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