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Rachel is a round character who has learned a lot about growing up from the experience she has had on her eleventh birthday. She retells her story in the first-person point of view, letting the reader witness firsthand Rachel's predicament. By having Rachel recount her birthday rather than a narrator tell the story in the third-person point of view, the reader gets to witness everything Rachel feels during the course of her day. We are able to see Rachel's thoughts as she ponders why when you turn eleven, you do not feel eleven, but rather all the previous years together "like pennies in a tin Band-Aid box." The embarrassment Rachel feels is made apparent through the use of point of view, when her teacher makes
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- she ponders why when you turn eleven, you do not feel eleven, but rather all the previous years together "like pennies in a tin Band-Aid box." ...
- she finally reacts when she starts crying, "My face all hot and spit coming out of my mouth because I can't stop the little animal noises from coming out" ...
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