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Glen Oaks

Andrea Blythe

Published January 13th 2011
Enter the sum

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Lexie enters Glen Oaks for her first shift as a lifeguard. Kid’s night is a crazy event at Glen Oaks, where all the members’ children are allowed to spend a Monday evening during the summer with the lifeguards and without adults. Lexie hecticallyMoreLexie enters Glen Oaks for her first shift as a lifeguard. Kid’s night is a crazy event at Glen Oaks, where all the members’ children are allowed to spend a Monday evening during the summer with the lifeguards and without adults. Lexie hectically meets many lifeguards, only half she can recognize. Flashbacks begin to occur, about Lexie’s past month, opening up the explanation why she’s been in a “daze” lately.Lexie flirts with Ryan, an attractive lifeguard and swimmer. She is excited when her first shift comes to end, only to find out that the lifeguards are going to Red Robin afterward. Emilie forces her to come.After Kids’ Night, Lexie’s sister, Emilie, notices that something has been bothering Lexie, and begs her to confide in her. Lexie refuses, and decides to open her diary to figure out where she became so messed up. Going through poems and diary entrees, Lexie’s past comes piercing at her, making her fall asleep in her ghostly, painful memories.Lexie dreads working with her old swim nemesis, Allie. However, after spending an hour with her during a shift, Lexie realizes that she and Allie and identical and potential new best friends. Feeling calm and relaxed with Allie, Lexie remembers what it feels like to have a normal friendship with someone who is stable, unlike her best friend, Kaitlyn. After having a fun, lighthearted shift with Allie, Lexie realizes the effect Glen Oaks has, a soothing effect, causing happiness to anyone who enters the premise.Emilie drags Lexie to Sarah’s house for a lifeguard-staff gathering, after Lexie receives a voicemail from her ex-boyfriend/best friend, Justin. After the gathering, Lexie easily gets the scoop on all of the past lifeguard drama, including information on her summer infatuation, Ryan, who has a girlfriend.Lexie works with Sam, and once again, naturally opens up with her, too. She gets to know younger members at the club, who she hasn’t seen since she had swam, 6 years before. This chapter continues to set the laid back, fun atmosphere Glen Oaks entails. Lexie also runs into Matt, the sincere younger friend of her sister, Emilie. Although Lexie doesn’t really know Matt, she makes plans to play tennis with him the following day.Lexie brings Kaitlyn to Glen Oaks to meet Matt and Ryan. Kaitlyn represents the past Lexie is trying to overcome and intertwines Lexie’s past year with her present summer at Glen Oaks.Beginning to like Matt, Lexie is devastated when she finds out he has a crush on Kaitlyn. Lexie backlashes and spats out a clue to Kaitlyn’s history with drugs. Afterward, Emilie confronts Lexie about her rant and tells her that she misunderstood about Matt. Lexie refuses to cooperate with Emilie because she is getting ready for sushi with her friends from high school, the ones she hasn’t seen since summer began.Lexie goes to dinner with her friends from high school and faces her ex-boyfriend, Justin, too. It is the first time they have seen or talked since their break up a month ago. After dinner, Lexie and Kaitlyn go Jacuzzi.Lexie meets up with Matt to go on their first “date,” a bike ride. Matt can see through Lexie’s act, and becomes the first person to finally break through her barriers.After struggling with Matt, Lexie finally opens up and explains what happened during the end of the school year, with her mom’s alcoholism, Kaitlyn’s overdose and Josefin’s depression, which ultimately lead to the ending of her relationship with Justin as a boyfriend and as a best friend.The strong friendship between Emilie and Matt begins to bug Lexie as she realizes that they are going to a tennis match while she has to work that evening. At work, Lexie has a fun shift with Landon, a stranger that she soon finds out has more connections with her than she could ever imagine. They go to sushi to find Justin there with a new girlfriend.After not communicating for a week, Lexie is confused to wake up to a text from Matt. She realizes that, after not responding, she will also be seeing him that night at a Glen Oaks Party. At the party, Lexie finds out that Matt will be leaving for Ohio in 3 weeks, for a tennis match. However, they establish they like each other. Lexie realizes that she truly likes Matt, and only has an immature infatuation with Ryan.Lexie goes to Glen Oaks to realize that the swim meet she is working at is against Rio Del Oro, Justin’s swim team. Luckily with Allie, Lexie is able to avoid Justin during the morning, but faces him later. Justin hates Ryan because he believes that Ryan is the reason Lexie and him broke up, and informs Lexie that he is racing against Ryan in the last match, the biggest race of the entire meet.It’s a close competition between Glen Oaks and Rio Del Oro. The final race decides which team will win the meet. After the swim meet, Matt comes to hang out with Lexie.After a perfect afternoon with Matt, Lexie finds out about a party Ryan is having and invites him. However, Matt explains he has to hit with Emilie.At Ryan’s, Lexie hangs out with Landon and explains to Allie her dilemma with Emilie and Matt. She also figures out that while Ryan has a girlfriend, he is also seeing Sarah, a lifeguard at Glen Oaks.Ryan’s girlfriend shows up and causes a dramatic scene, letting everyone know that he lied to her about the party. Landon and Lexie hang out, while Emilie and Matt hang out, creating the joke that both Landon and Emilie are being “cock-blocks.”Lexie dreads seeing Matt and Glen Oaks, because she doesn’t know what to say to figure out the whole triangle relationship between Matt, Emilie and herself. Never facing a problem, Lexie talks about her feelings openly for the first time in her entire life. After the conversation with Matt, she feels happy and confident. The rest of the chapter summarizes the end of the summer. Until it focuses on the last day Matt is in town, before he leaves for Ohio, where Lexie realizes that she is choosing to hang out with Emilie instead of her.Lexie sulks about the fact that it will never work with Matt. She confronts him again, but instead of a mutual agreement, an indefinite end occurs between them. The summer ends and Lexie realizes that her life will never be the same after her summer at Glen Oaks.