The author of Drums girls makes Steven seem so realistic as a narrator because she makes it seem like he is talking in real life. There is no "Steven" when he is talking as a narrator.She makes it seems like he is talking in first-person, well he is.
I think that Jordan Sonnenblick though outside of the lines. He doesn't play it safe. Let's face it, by 8th grade we aren't going to be perfect little angels who never complain, use sarcasm or use un-so-nice language. We will probably be just the opposite, and I think Jordan Sonnenblick brought that into mind and really took how 8th graders act and used those characteristics in his writing. He Summoned his inner 8th grader! That is how I think Jordan made Steven such a good narrater.
I definately think that that was his thought process when writing this book
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The narrator was very good because he understands the feelings of a middle schooler.I know this because the author uses sarcasmand jokes around alot.One example would be when his brother just got cancer he used sarcasm on his parents.
Steven's voice is realistic because the author, Jordan Sonnenblick, makes him sound witty and sarcastic. Some stories that I've read where the main character narrates they make them so the reader isn't able to relate to them. But Steven is so wry like when he told his mom after she accused him of shoving Jeffrey off the stool and he said, "Yea Mom, I body slammed him" and that's very human.
Jordan makes Steven sound very realistic because I think he may have related it to his own life. I think he may have had some of the same experiences as Steven did. When Jeffrey found out that he had leukemia, maybe one of Jordan's family members had leukemia. Finally I think he may have acted the same way as Steven when he found out that Jeffrey was REALLY sick.
I think that the reason that the author made Steven's voice so well is that he could relate to him. For example, everyone was a teenager if they are grown up now, so maybe Jeff modeled Steven's personality around something he had been or experienced before in his life. So, that being said, i think the author said certain personal things that made the charactor pop out to readers. things that were so immature that they couldn't be his real views. These are things that only that charactor would say or do that make the story real.
The author of this book makes Steven's voice so realistic in a few ways. One is that he puts sarcasm in Stevens voice. lots of middle schoolers are sarcastic.A specific time when Steven was sarcastic was on page 18 when he told his mom that he body-slammed Jeffrey.
I think the author makes him sound so real because he has probably seen or experienced something like this. Now it may have been a real story a friend told him or something he really thought about. Some things including Steven's reactions are so realistic i really cant explain how the author came up with them as long as it wasn't experience.
I think it is true that the author had the same experiences as Steven or similar experiences because he really talks like he was there in the scenes in the book
The Author makes this story so realistic because he use sarcasum, strong emoition, and yes, some crude humor and 8th grade boy will use, trust me I know, I have an 8th grde brother myself. An example of this is when Steven has a crush on the " hotest" girl in school other wise known as Renee albert. I know quite a few male specimans who have somthing for the "hotest" girl of their establishment. None the less,This is a very true trait that makes this one bit more realistic.
I think this is so true! Even though Steven is in love with Renee, but nows he will never be her boyfriend and is realistic about it.
What makes it so real is that he uses alot of sarcasim and uppercases the words to make them more explosive. The sarcasim almost shapes the expressions on his face. So do the uppercase letters.
The author makes Steven real by discribing HOW he feels. Plus the author shoes the sarcasm in his voice and the outrage. Like when his mom tells him about Jeffy's leukimea. After she tells Steven, the author shows Steven's outrage and sarcasm by him flipping out.
I think the author makes Steven's voice really realistic because he acts like he is in a middle schoolers skin, Steven's skin. He says what a middle schooler would say and act like. For example Jordan the author, writes down how steven looks at Renee Albert and what he is thinking about her. Jordan also says how Steven describes her and what she is wearing everyday.
I never thought about what Steven focuses on describing in the book, but now that you bring it up it's a gfreat part of the book! Steven mostly talks about Renee, his annoying brother, and annoying friend like a real middle school student.
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They make it in the voice of a tennager. It makes it funny because teenagers have sarcasm. I really like how it is like a kid talking. I think that this is the best that it could be.
Jordan sonneblick did a great job of mKing Steven sound like an actual 8th grader. He did this by using language an eight grader would use. Also the stuff he does is the kind of stuff a teenager would do
I think the author makes Steven sound like a very good narrator because the author makes it so Steven actually sounds like a kid. An example would be when the author puts the dialogue in Steven's mind it sounds like how a kid would talk about i they were in that situation. Another example is when Steven is talking to his friends he doesn't talk like a person normally would but like a kid at hisIage.
I think the author makes Steven sound realistic because he makes him talk like a kid his age would actual talk like. An example is when in the book you hear What Steven is thinking, it sounds like an actual kid Steven's would talk. Another example would be when you hear Steven talking to his friends he isn't talking like a person normally would but like a kid would. Those are some examples of how the author makes Steven sound realistic.
What Jordan Sonnenblick does to make Steven's voice sound realistic is he uses words and phrases that a teenager of middle schooler would use. He talks like a self-centered child but, throughout the story becomes less self centered. Also mentioned in the story the caps that his family use, make you as a person when you read it think and read it to yourself differently. You hear the voice in your head while reading what they are saying, depending on how it's written is how it echos in your head. So he writes it like a child would talk.
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I totaly agree with everything you wrote and it is a well developed response.
The author does make steven seem alive because he added a point of view and comments from steven.
I agree with you but I would definately make my response more detailed.
Steven acts like the narrator by just tellin eveything part by part. One example is wen he was in the hospital with jeffery playing with the rescue hero. Another one is wen he had left the dance his brother's ear was just really sweaty.
I think the Sonnenblick does a great job of capturing a middle school student's voice in this book. He uses sarcasm like a real middle school student would, like when Steven is talking to his Mom about Jeffrey. He also makes Steven real by making him use a lot of humor a middle schol student would, like self deprecating humor and sterotyping teachers.
I think that the reason stevens voice sounds so realistic is because it sound like something a teenager would say and think. For example I can relate to the time he was getting dressed for the dance, His mom kept giving him "fashion" tips and he, quite frankly didn't care. This has happened to me a number of times when my mom ha told me what do dress when the occasion isn't that formal anyway.
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