Rebecca Stead Writing Styles in When You Reach Me

Rebecca Stead
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The novel is written in the first person point of view. Miranda is the main character and the narrator of the novel. Miranda tells the story as though she is talking to the person who has written her four mysterious notes that she does not understand until she reaches the end of her narration. The novel is a story she has been instructed to write in these notes, a story that tells of the homeless man who died to save her friend Sal's life.

The point of view of this novel is appropriate for this plot for several reasons. The point of view allows an intimate relationship with the main character, helping the reader to care what happens to Miranda. The reader roots for Miranda as she struggles to make friends and help her mother reach her own dreams. The reader also cries with Miranda when...

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