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Discuss the structure of the novel. Explain how the two alternating voices contribute to the powerful message of the book.
I just finished the book - wonderful read. Often times having alternating voices disrupts the flow of the story. Happily that does not happen in this book. The authors did a great job of smoothly transitioning between each character's narrative while keeping the story moving forward. The use of uniquely different voices contributes to the transitions and provides insight not only into the different perspectives that race and class bring to a situation but highlights basic human needs that transcend race, class, and gender.
The alternating voices, as written by the authors made me feel like I was code-switching myself between both perspectives/worlds. You can feel and sense the history and points of views from both Campbell and Lena and therefore navigate the scenarios and storyline as they do from the first person narrative. I think it was helpful for this storyline in particular because it's time-framed to go from a high school football game to both characters returning home safely (same night). So the time span in which it all happened allows the reader more depth into the respective characters vantage point(s) along the way.
Totally agree. Where some stories can fall short on using multiple character narrations, this book kept it simple and transitioned well as you said. I just wanted to add onto your final sentence and add that the structure also transcends age as well. From my perspective because as a mid-30's parent, reading it from a high-schoolers perspective gave me hindsight into the ego(s) of a teenager and the decision making process(es) they made along the way. I found it well disciplined as far as how the authors not only executed that structure well but how they were able to keep that direction in mind.
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