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The many faces of the unreliable narrator : an analysis and typology of young adult novels and their narrators Hall, Lacey


This thesis examines the style of unreliable narration, through the analysis of three young adult novels: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, and Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. Drawing on Theresa Heyd’s theories on detection and classification of unreliable narration using the Gricean maxims, this study sets out to demonstrate how unreliable narration is defined and to highlight the degree of intentionality each narrator possesses. This study also gives attention to the real author of each text, in order to combat the outdated and over studied ‘implied author’ previous research has focused on. This research highlights the narrative technique, while adding to the limited number of resources available on unreliable narration within children’s literature.

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