I really do think that dads are portrayed very unfairly in stories. I know that I have a great relationship with my dad and I am glad that I do. In most books, the dad is either dead, remarried, or just rude. But not all real life dads are like that. Obviously you have the occasional horrible dad story, but its not how all dads are. In the book our class is reading, A Monster Calls Conors dad is visiting Conor from America. Conors dad is remarried and has a baby at home. This easily distracts him from being with Conor fully. You can tell that he is trying his best but Conor is making it really hard on him, and I can’t blame him. I think that Conor feels betrayed, like he just left and forgot about him. I know I would so I don’t think that Conors dad is an absolute jerk, but he still has some room to improve as a dad to Conor.

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Word Nerd 1.10- Enforce

Source: Love? Maybe., Heather Helper-Page 100

Context: I close my eyes. She finds my hand under the blanket and squeezes it. Her fingers are cold against mine.”You don’t have to,” she says. “after all this time, he can’t really enforce visitation.

In their words: verb (used with object), en·forced, en·forc·ing.

to put or keep in force; compel obedience to:to enforce rule; Traffic laws will be strictly enforced.
to obtain (payment, obedience, etc.) by force or compulsion.
to impose (a course of action) upon person:The doctor enforced strict dietary regimen.
to support (a demand, claim, etc.) by force:to enforce one’s rights as a citizen.
to impress or urge (an argument, contention, etc.) forcibly; lay stress upon:He enforced his argument by adding details.
In my words: To force someone to do something or obey.
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Word Nerd 1.9-Duress

Source: Love? Maybe., Heather Hepler-Page 10

Context: ” “Eric,” I say coloring the olives deep purple. “His name was Eric. But he doesn’t count. That was under duress.”

In their word: noun

compulsion by threat or force; coercion; constraint.

Law such constraint or coercion as will render void contract or other legal act entered or performed under its influence.
forcible restraint, especially imprisonment.
In my words: To be forced to do something you don’t want to do.

Deep thinker 1.4

Source: Love? Maybe., Heather Helper- Page 5

Quote: ” “Any word from Stewart?” I ask, looking over at Claire. She shakes her head. “Maybe he doesn’t have phone service up in the mountains.” I feel my heart start racing like it always does when I lie.”

Context: Not much has really happened because the book has just started but basically, they all want valentines for Valentines Day, except for Piper. Piper doesn’t see why she needs a valentine. Just because her birthday in on Valentines Day, her friends think she is a romantic, she’s not. Her friend Claire’s boyfriend is up in the mountains and he’s not responding to Claire’s texts. This makes Claire super on edge.

This makes me think: Piper is very anxious that her boyfriend isn’t texting her back, she could be anxious for many reasons but some that I thought were relevant are, maybe she thinks he has gotten hurt or maybe she thinks that he has found another girl.


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Word Nerd 1.8 – Lunacy

Source: Love? Maybe., Heather Helper-Page 19

Context: “Thankfully I don’t to participate that much in her lunacy.”

In their words: noun, plural lu·na·cies.

insanity; mental disorder.
intermittent insanity, formerly believed to be related to phases of the moon.
extreme foolishness or an instance of it:Her decision to resign was sheer lunacy.
unsoundness of mind sufficient to incapacitate one for civil transactions: former legal term.
In my words: An intense craziness.
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“He Was Without Imagination”

In the story “How to Build a Fire” by Jack London it says “He was without imagination”. I think that this means that a man without imagination, cannot survive. Just like in the story, the man didn’t survive. I think if the man had more of an imagination, he could’ve thought about the possible outcome and prepared for the trials. The man faces many problems while he is out in the cold, I believe if he had more of an imagination he could’ve survived. I know when I face trials I think about the outcome and usually prepare for what will happen

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Word Nerd 1.7-Stifle

Source: Love? Maybe., Heather Helper- page 4

Context: ” I have to stifle the urge to roll my eyes again.”

In Their Words: verb (used with object), sti·fled, sti·fling.

to quell, crush, or end by force:to stifle revolt; to stifle free expression.
to suppress, curb, or withhold:to stifle yawn.
to kill by impeding respiration; smother
In My Words: When you keep yourself from doing something.
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“There Is Not Always A Good Guy”- The First Tale

If the story doesn’t have a clear good guy, or bad guy, what is the point of telling this story? In the real world there is no good guy and bad guy. So, with this I found there is a lot of use in these kinds of stories. Stories where there is not a good guy or a bad guy helps us relate to real life. Everyone makes mistakes, that’s what makes us imperfect, and human, so there are no absolutely perfect good guys, or really bad guys. Like in the book, A Monster Calls he said that we are all in the middle. We all have lessons to learn, and we are always improving.

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Deep Thinker 1.3

Source: Two Summers, Aimee Friedman- page 161

Quote:“I dab at my eyes and refocus in the painting , soaking in all the details: the swirls of Dad’s paintbrush in the blue sky, the tiny crack in the lower right-hand corner of the canvas. The deep, saturated red of the poppies.

Context: Summer’s parents are divorced, but it’s not like a usual divorce when the child goes to one parent for the weekdays and the other for the weekends. Instead Summer lives with her mom a little outside of New York, and her dad lives in France. Right now she is seeing the painting her dad made for her for the first time, and she is so overwhelmed by it, she gets really emotional and starts to see that her dad loves her.

This Makes Me Think: When you go to an art gallery, you admire the art that is there. But with Summers experience it’s different, it was made for her, it’s very important. You only notice the important small details when you feel a connection to the art.


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Deep Thinker 1.2

Source: Two Summers, Aimee Friedman-page 65

Quote: “My head is really hurting, and my legs are shaky, so I let myself fall into the brown chair behind me. I hug my tote bag  my chest, holding back a sob. I don’t think you should come, Dad had said. His voice reverberates in my ears. Why would he do this, reverse everything, ruin everything? Couldn’t he have told me sooner? All my planning and packing and excitement-gone in one phone call. Done. Poof. Magic.”

Context: This is part two of the story so it’s basically another version of what is happening. In his version she never went to Paris, her dad called her and told her not to come this year but to come next year. She’s obviously very disappointed.

This Made Me Think: That Summer may be dreaming, the author hasn’t said it straight forward but they have vaguely hinted at the possibility that this may be a dream. I truly was very confused when I got to the second part of the book, it was a whole different side to the story but I hope it makes more sense towards the end of the book.