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What should be omitted within a book summary?

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A summary is a synopsis of a story, book, or novel. A summary is not a complete paraphrasing of a text. Instead, a summary should aim to give the themes and/or main ideas and events of a piece of writing. Information found within the writing that support its themes or main ideas can also be included within a summary.  

A summary omits several elements that are contained within an entire piece of writing. A summary should omit information that is not centric to a main idea or theme within a piece of writing. For example, a summary does not include descriptive detail of the environment, clothing, or characters within the original piece of writing.

Additionally, summaries should stay true to the writing. In other words, a reader’s personal interpretation, ideas, or critics of a writing should not be included in a summary.

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