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One Teen Story #2

November 20, 2013
Violets by: Laura Ender.

I won’t say too much about the story itself, only its voice.

It is not often that we find a story written in the second person. Most of what we read whether it be fiction, nonfiction short stories or novels are written in either the 1st or 3rd person. When the 2nd person is used correctly it can be a wonderfully engaging as the odd tone gives the reader a perspective that is very personal, very close. Laura Ender has done a fine job writing this story and it often feels like the narrator is talking to ‘you.’

Junot Diaz used this voice his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the National Book Critic Circle Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It appears in one chapter with the mother and sister (Lola) of the novels main character, Oscar. The prize of this voice is the power of the word ‘you,’ since it is the only word in this voice.

To learn more about the story, you have to read it and then read this interview from the One Teen Story website. 


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