by Paul Zindel
Analysis: Narrator Point of View
Who is the narrator, can she or he read minds, and, more importantly, can we trust her or him?
First Person (Central Narrator)
The point of view in this novel is really interesting; John and Lorraine narrate alternate chapters and we get both of their perspectives. We also see each of the main characters described through the other's eyes: Lorraine, for instance, can be quite critical of John. If only one of them were narrating, we would have a much different story. The first-person point of view can also be limiting: would an omniscient narrator give us a different impression of John's father, for instance?