Young Adult Lit/Crit

April 9, 2008

Story of a Girl

Filed under: STORY OF A GIRL — jwill7 @ 3:16 pm

Reading Story of a Girl, I like the way Zarr faces this HUGE issue of rumors and reputations.  How real is that for teens?  As much as teens want to present themselves as aloof, we all care what other people think of us to lesser or greater extents.  So is Deanna a victim of circumstance?  I thought Zarr started off with a clever multiple perspectives technique, but that quickly went away.  I’ve seen this in other YA books and I like it.  What do any of you think?  Do you think it is used here as a hook?  And what of the story about the girl swimming?  Does that symbolism work for you guys?  I don’t mind it.  I think YA authors have to work harder than ever to sustain readers and a variety of narrative techniques is a way of doing that.  The Book Thief, True Diary, and other offer different modes of reading within a single novel.  More interesting this way, or a gimmick? –Josh



1 Comment »

  1. Hi Josh,

    I think employing a variety of narrative techniques is an effective way to capture the reader’s
    attention, if done consitently (which as you mention, “Story of a Girl” does not).

    If you think about media in the 21st century, our attention
    is almost always divided between so many different sources of information. It makes sense
    that YA books would reflect this reality.


    Comment by scrollman — April 10, 2008 @ 9:06 am

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