Topic: The Summer That Made Us By: Robyn Carr

The Summer That Made Us is a science and fantasy fiction book. This book takes us into a family who’s lives were spend at a lake. The family spend each summer at the lake until one day there youngest daughter Bunny drowned. After years and years went by the family never went back until Meg, one of the other daughters got stage 4 breast cancer. Meg went through many treatments and wasn’t sure how much longer she had to live. Meg decided to call the oldest daughter Charley and put the idea of spending the summer at the lake just like when they were little. Charley wasn’t sure about that idea but proceeded to help her sister make this happen. I can relate to this story so far because I love spending time at the lake and always want to go back.

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Recently in my book I learned more about the characters. I learned that when Meg was first diagnosed with cancer she was in a coma for a year. Over that year a lot of things had changed to her family. First that was the summer that Bunny had drowned and second Charley was forced to move away. Meg didn’t know much about what had happened so she started asking questions. When Meg found out about what had happened to Bunny she started to have a panic attack. I can relate to this section of the story because I like I have missed out on somethings sometimes and often tend to sort of panic when something I wasn’t expecting is thrown at me.

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In the past chapter a lot of events took place, Charley hired a designer to redesign and fix up the lake house, Meg wrote and mailed out invites to family member and I was introduced to a new character. Charley spent a few days at the lake house where she hired a designer named Melissa. Melissa started to clean up the house, buy new furniture and other items to make the place brand new.
While Charley and Melissa worked on the lake house Meg was busy writing letter to everyone who she could remember that was at the lake during the summers before. Meg invited them to come spend the summer at the lake just like how when they were kids. One of the letters went to a family member of Megs which was a girl her age named Hope. Hope had a husband and two daughters. Hope usually spend the summer at a cove but she decided to change here plans when she got this letter. I can relate to this chapter by remembering how I spend my at the lake with all of my family and close friends. I loved spending it with them and going on boat and tube rides as well as staying up late and sitting around the fire.

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In the past chapter the story continued and told me more about Hope and her life. Recently Hope had got into a divorce and was separated from her two daughters who went to live with their father. Hope had completely changed, she never left her house, she gained lots of weight and spent every day laying around and watching TV and her house was really messy. Even thought Hope and her husband were divorced he still continued to pay all her bill, pay for gas in her car, and let her live in his old 12 bedroom, 6000 squared feet house. When hope got the letter from Meg she called her ex and was trying to convince him to come with her and let her take the girls to the lake for the summer. I can relate to this chapter because my parents are separated and I spend half time with my mom and the other with my dad. I know what this type of life feeling like and I may not like it but its just a part of life and that's the way i have to live it.

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The lake house had been all finished up but just needed some little decorative touches. Charley had travelled into town where she had picked out lots of towels, rugs, dished and other things or various colours to decorate the lake house and make sure it was perfect for when Meg arrived. The Next Morning Charley had awaken to a lady wearing ratty, dirty clothes sitting on a chair just outside the house. The lady didn't move or make any sound. Charley took a few minutes to just sit and watch what she was doing and think about who it might be. Charley figured out who it was and went outside to greet her. The lady had been one of her cousins named Kristy. Kristy had been in prison for committing a murder and had recently been released by one of her lawyers. I can relate to this chapter because when I am older one of my jobs that I would like to do is become a interior designer and design homes and building just like how Charley had picked out decor and items and designed the lake house remodel.

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In the last section I read I learned more about Kristy. Kristy had been released from jail and found her way to the lake house to spend the summer. When Kristy was in jail her mother had gave her a type writer so she could write about her thoughts and what was happening each day. Kristy didn't have much money and all she had was a pair of ripped up jeans and a old dirty jacket, Charley decided to buy her all new outfits and a laptop since she liked writing. Through out this chapter Kristy was telling Charley about how good it feels to be out of jail and back in the real world. This book contains a lot of dialog and communication between all the characters. I can relate to this chapter because I like telling others stories and talking about lots of different things with others.

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In the past chapter I learned about Kristy's family and also about the relation between her family and Charley's family. Both their families were really close and did a lot with each other the the main things that happened was they would all gather at one of their houses after their children went to bed and talk. They most talked about financial plans and money. When Kristy's dad was broke and needed more money Charley's family would give them a loan and help them out. I think this method of loans and helping each other out is a nice and good thing to do. When I grow up and get older I want to be a good example and help others out, like family members or friends. I want to set a good example for my children and family so they can follow in my foot steps and be good examples and people too.

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Charley and Kristy took a trip to town where they both visited their mothers. This was the first time Kristy had seen her mother since she got out of jail and she didn't know what to expect. Charley dropped Kristy off at her mothers flower shop and then drove to her mothers house. When Charley arrived at the house she went inside and noticed it was full of junk, dirty and didn't have a pleasant smell. At first Charley and her mother argued just like they did when Charley was little but then they calmed down and sat down for a cup of coffee and to talk. I can relate to this section because I sometimes argue with my parents at first but then we can work out the problem and be all good again. I also differ from this chapter because I like things clean, neat and organzied not kept like Charley's mother in piles and having lots of clutter.

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In the past section Kristy met her mother. Her mother had not seen her in years and was really happy to finally see her after so long. Kristy took her mother out for lunch and a walk to catch up. While on their walk her mother got the idea of wanting Kristy to come live with her. Kristy did not want to, she wanted to live at the lake house on her own for a while until she found a job and money to buy her own place in the city. Charley met up with them later on and said Kristy had permission to live at the lake house. Even though Kristy's mother wanted her to live with her she agreed to get bus passes to travel once in a while to see her. I can't really relate to this chapter now but maybe in the future I can by helping my mother, visiting her and getting a job so I can help her.

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I really enjoy this book because it has a lot of flash backs. In the last little bits of this chapter Kristy and Charley went over to Meg's house where she showed them lots of photo albums she got containing everything that had happened since their parents were little. When ever they looked at a certain picture the author would tell us the back story and what it was like at that time. They told us stories about their holidays, about their summers at the lake and about what their family was like before Bunny died and their two family split apart. I can relate to this section because I like to look at old photo albums and pictures and look back on what my life was like and earlier times.

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In the past section it shared the story of Bunny's death and how she drowned. Bunny and one of her cousins Beverly were always sneaking out early some morning. One morning they took a canoe out on the lake, knowing neither of them can swim. The canoe flipped leaving Bunny to drown and Beverly holding on to the side of the canoe trying to stay afloat. This event affected their family a lot. Bunny's mother Louis went into depression and their family stopped interacting with each other and fell apart. I like this book because it has lots of different events, it looks back on past events and it has lots of detail. I can relate to this section because I like being with my family but and I am scared of accidents happening just like Bunny's death. This summer we had two deaths in our family, my aunt died in a car crash on her way to take my little cousin to camp and one of my cousins best friends drowned in the lake. These deaths made my family really sad but we did not take it as hard as Bunny's family, we still interact and do lots together. I think Bunny's family still should interact with each other and not take this accident the way they are.

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In the past section it shared the story of Bunny's death and how she drowned. Bunny and one of her cousins Beverly were always sneaking out early some morning. One morning they took a canoe out on the lake, knowing neither of them can swim. The canoe flipped leaving Bunny to drown and Beverly holding on to the side of the canoe trying to stay afloat. This event affected their family a lot. Bunny's mother Louis went into depression and their family stopped interacting with each other and fell apart. I like this book because it has lots of different events, it looks back on past events and it has lots of detail. I can relate to this section because I like being with my family but and I am scared of accidents happening just like Bunny's death. This summer we had two deaths in our family, my aunt died in a car crash on her way to take my little cousin to camp and one of my cousins best friends drowned in the lake. These deaths made my family really sad but we did not take it as hard as Bunny's family, we still interact and do lots together. I think Bunny's family still should interact with each other and not take this accident the way they are.

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Kristy wanted to get a job as soon as possible. She thought of a job that would be close and easy to get to since she couldn't drive and didn't have a car. Kristy went and applied at the lodge. The lodge was on the opposite side of the lake as the lake house. When she arrived at the lodge a lady who looked like she did not enjoy her job and looked really scary handed her an application form. Kristy found a seat near a window and started filling it out. The lodge had recently been renovated and was much bigger since when Kristy was little. Kristy met the manager and had an interview, she got a job working as a waitress and working in the kitchen. This event reminded me of when we went to the lake this summer with my cousins and stayed n cabins across from a lodge that had a restaurant and a swimming pool. This chapter is like my life now because my parents are wanting me to get a job.

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The last chapter took a big twist and was almost like a horror story. It talked about Kristy's life and how she was put into prison. After the summer of all the accidents and the splitting of the families Kristy had met a boy. Kristy didn't know that the boy did drugs and was into stealing and murdering. When Kristy thought she was just taking a nice walk with him to the gas station to get snacks and drinks she found him tying up the cashier and wanting to steal all the money. Kristy noticed a gun on the floor but was hesitant to pick it up. Kristy was forced by the boy to shoot the cashier or the boy would have to kill her. Kristy shot him and was caught then placed in jail for two life time charges. When Kristy was let out early she found her self at the lake which brings us to the where the story left off last. I really like this chapter because I enjoy murder stories and this chapter reminded me of the show Riverdale which is my favourite shows. Although these types of stories can be cool and fun I also think that they are hurt full. I think what Kristy did was wrong and it affected her whole life.

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Recently in my book a few other characters arrived to the setting which is the lake. Hope and her two daughters came along with Kristy's mother on the weekends. Kristy's hasn't seen Hope in 25 years and when the time came that she arrived the fighting began. Later that night Hope two daughters had the idea of driving to the nearest airport and catching a flight home. On their way to the airport they got into an accident. A drunk driver going the other direction was on the wrong side of the road and hit them. The two girls were both flown to the hospital and their parents were contacted. I often fight with my siblings but it usually doesn't end up with someone running away or anyone getting hurt. I think the what the two girls did was wrong and that they should of waiting until morning and talked to their mother. The cause of the accident was because of a drunk driver. This story has a good example of what happens when people choose to drink and drive, so the lesson here is don't drink and drive.

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At the hospital the girls were both sent in for a bunch of different tests. The tests were clear and didn't show any signs of serious injuries. Charley had drove Hope to the hospital where she was found talking to some old guy who was asleep. The doctors didn't think this was right and took hope in where they found she has some brain disorder and needs treatment. Charley went and found Hopes mother and later brought her to the hospital and explained what happened. Hope had never told her daughters about her mother which would be there grandma. Jo, Hopes mom was introduced to the girls and stayed with them for a while until things were figured out. All three girls, Hope and her daughters were admitted in to the hospital and have to stay there until further notice. When I have kids of my own I am going to make sure they know about all my family members and even take them to visit often. I think it is important for people to know there ancestors and relatives. I remember when I had to stay in the hospital for a week, the only good part about that was they had pretty good for, but other then that I was bored and didn't like the smell.

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In the past section the characters told a story of what it was like during the summers at the lake. Jo and Lou told a story about how they met their husbands and about what it was like when they had visitors at the lake. Jo's husband had moved to a new town for work but still went to the lake on weekends, one weekend he had brought a friend of his who was hitting on Jo's sister Lou. Guest didn't come to the lake very often so when they did it was like a treat to everyone. I can relate to this section because I like meting new people and have guests over to my house and other properties that belong to my family.

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Recently my book took a really big turn and turned into a mystery and horror novel. It all started when Jo and Lou had a flash back to a summer in the past. They had visitors at the time that went by the names Ivan and Corkey. These two people we trying to trick Lou into going into fake investments just so they could rob her. One after noon Jo heard Ivan talking about this plan and confronted him. Ivan then attacked Jo and was hurting her. Lou came to the rescue by hitting Ivan in the back of the head with a paddle. Ivan collapsed and later died. The girls needed to cover up his body so they drove him to a lake and drown him. This section of my book reminded me of my favourite show Riverdale which is a show with lots of these situations. I enjoyed this section by I don’t think a paddle can kill someone in real life and by drowning him to cover up the evidence was the wrong chose and they should have taken him in or to the police.

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Recently Hope has been suffering from a delusional disorder which is identified as DSM, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Hope will be needed to be on medication and go to therapy treatments. While Hope has her own problems, her daughters Trude and Bobby have been released from the hospital and sent home with their father Frank. Jo, Hopes mother has offered to take care of Hope and get her the help she needs. Jo had never had a phone before and in order to stay in close contact she got her first Iphone and was learning how to text, call and email. I hope I never have a Mental disorder and if I were to ever get one I hope I would have family and friends to support me and help me just like Hope has her sisters, mother, daughters and friends.

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In the past chapter, I've learned more about the characters. Beverly one of the youngest girls had had a good life and now lives on a farm with 2 children and a husband. When Beverly was little she was taken away and put into a foster family. She grew really close to the parents who took care of her and continued to live with them. Although Beverly has foster parents she is still in close contact with her real mother Jo. This chapter is a good example of how i want to live my life When i grow up I want to live on a farm, raise livestock and children and have a husband.

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Recently in my book, something exciting or embarrassing happened. A while ago in the book Kristy got a job working at the lodge where she met a guy that she fell in love with. Jake, Kristy's boss was a tall handsome guy who cared about others and helped with everything that needed to be done. Jake and Kristy grew really close and finally Jake asked her out on a date. Later the one night Jake walked Kristy home and stayed to meet her family. Charley instantly recognized who he was. When Charley was young she met a guy at a party and fell in love with him, this guys name was Mack. After a few weeks, Charley figured out he had lied about his age and education and later ran away and ditched her. Jake was Mack and was now dating her Charley's cousin Kristy. I think seeing your exboyfriend a few years later and after what he had done would be embarrassing and I wouldn't know what to say or do .

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After all the stuff that happened between characters with confusion of people, Kristy and Jake cleared things up and went to visit Jakes sister and family farm. Kristy was introduced to Jakes sister Zo. Zo was tall with long blonde hair and worked as a nurse, she also farmed with her husband. Jake showed Kristy around the farm and then later told her, she should stay with him all year round at the lodge and he also said that he loved her. Kristy wasn’t sure on this idea and told him she would need more time to think about it. I enjoyed reading about their farm adventure and wish I could be able to go with them. I enjoy being out on the farm and riding quads and helping with cattle.

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Recently in my book Jo had brought Lou for the first time in twenty-seven years. Lou had thought no one liked her and everyone hated her. After a little bit of talking Lou had realized no one hated they all liked her and she was just over thinking the situation. This past weekend I went to a leadership conference and I got to see new things and meet new people. They gave lots of speeches and talked to us about bullying, believing in yourself and how to be a leader. One of the man points was that you need to trust yourself more and think more of yourself. When thinking of yourself you need to think positive and not negative and even if someone say things to you that may have an impact on your feeling and life, those things are not always true and can make you think less of yourself. I think this book shows a good example of how this speech that was said is used in peoples lives today. So the lesson is don't think less of yourself and about negative things, think of the positives and believe in your self and don't trust what people say about you just think for yourself.

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The family reunions continued in my book as Meg tried to bring their family back together just like how it was in the past. Jo and Lou had brought Grandma Berkley up to the lake house one afternoon. Kristy, Hope, Meg, and Charley were all surprised that she had actually come. For a while, they had just sat around, drank coffee and listened to Grandma Berkley tell stroys about their family history and past. The girls got to ask questions and learn a little more about their family. I think it is important for people to know and understand past family members and traditions. When these kinds of stories are told it helps people to have a better understanding of the past and also when a person is told this they also have the opportunity to later pass the story down to future generations and keep the history alive. I like hearing stories about my family and hope that I can pass some of these stories and traditions down to my future children.

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In a few chapters before Charley had decided to write a letter and mail it to her husband, Michael, who was away working. When Michael had gotten the letter he decided to take time off and travel up to the lake to visit her. When he arrived Charley was in total shock and just spent time with him.  Meanwhile Kristy had found Meg laying in bed and in a lot of pain, Krist called John, Megs husband, and he came to help. I can relate to this part because I often get really excited to see people that I haven’t seen in a long time. I can also relate to John because if someone needs help I would stop what I was doing and go help.