Chapters 22-28

In this funny and heartwarming novel, sixteen-year-old Simon Spier finds himself in the middle of a real-life drama when a classmate threatens to expose his secrets. Learn these words from Becky Albertalli's award-winning debut.
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  1. exclusively
    without any others being included or involved
    The good news is that there are still four days left of vacation, which should clearly be devoted exclusively to sleeping and writing to me.
  2. disoriented
    having lost your bearings
    So now I feel kind of strange and groggy and disoriented, and I think my parents are going to want to do dinner tonight As a Family.
  3. dread
    fearful expectation or anticipation
    I guess there’s still this quiet pulse of dread when I think about seeing Martin again.
  4. prospect
    someone who is considered for something
    At lunch, the girls take it upon themselves to discuss and evaluate the fifty million guys they apparently think are boyfriend prospects for me.
  5. commotion
    a disorderly outburst or tumult
    Taylor and Abby burst through behind them, and there’s this huge commotion of yelling and footsteps.
  6. tolerance
    a disposition to allow freedom of choice and behavior
    But Creekwood’s zero tolerance bullying policy is enforced about as strictly as the freaking dress code.
  7. inappropriate
    not in keeping with what is correct or proper
    “It was beyond disrespectful and inappropriate, and I want you to know that I take this extremely seriously.”
  8. livid
    furiously angry
    And I realize that Ms. Albright is absolutely livid.
  9. heckle
    challenge aggressively
    “But what if I want to heckle Nick?”
  10. ogle
    stare or look at, especially with amorous intentions
    “I was like—yeah. I’m gonna go ogle soccer boys now.”
  11. expressive
    characterized by communicating beliefs or opinions
    And he’s not really talking, but he has very expressive brown eyes.
  12. anticipation
    expecting with confidence of fulfillment
    There’s just this thread of anticipation that I can’t seem to quell.
  13. quell
    overcome or allay
    There’s just this thread of anticipation that I can’t seem to quell.
  14. extraordinary
    highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
    So when the school day ends and nothing extraordinary has happened, it’s a tiny heartbreak.
  15. gape
    look with amazement
    All I can do is sort of gape at him.
  16. soliloquy
    a dramatic speech giving the illusion of unspoken reflection
    A couple of people are arguing about Shakespeare, and then someone stands on a chair and basically bellows Hamlet’s soliloquy into this other dude’s ear.
  17. civilian
    associated with persons who are not active in the military
    Well, Blue is kind of my superhero identity, so you're really talking about my civilian identity.
  18. listless
    marked by low spirits; showing no enthusiasm
    And I’m feeling too heavy and listless to get up and ask my mom.
  19. seismic
    subject to or caused by an earthquake or earth vibration
    But then I get to rehearsal, and there’s this sudden seismic shift.
  20. content
    satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are
    But Cal puts her to work, and she seems content taping up cast photos on the wall of the atrium, next to some screenshots from the Mark Lester movie version and a super-enlarged list of the cast and crew.
  21. overture
    orchestral music at the beginning of an opera or musical
    Props are missing and people wander around partially in costume, and the various Creekwood music prodigies are in the orchestra pit running through the overture.
  22. detest
    dislike intensely
    And then they tell me I have to wear eyeliner, which I absolutely detest.
  23. adrenaline
    a secretion in response to stress, stimulating nerve action
    The exhaustion from the week falls away, and I’m carried forward by adrenaline, laughter, and applause.
  24. intact
    lacking nothing essential, not damaged
    I’m a little bit excited to be going to lunch with my stage makeup still intact.
  25. policy
    a plan of action adopted by an individual or social group
    Something about the words “review” and “ policy” just shuts people down.
  26. unfathomable
    impossible to come to understand
    I'm a little stuck on this Martin situation. It's almost unfathomable.
  27. innuendo
    an indirect and usually malicious implication
    We step off to the side, and Nick gets a menu to look through, and everything they serve here is an innuendo.
  28. doppelganger
    a ghostly double that haunts its living counterpart
    Whom Peter presents by saying, “Meet your doppelganger.” But it's really a little baffling, because Alex doesn’t look like me at all.
  29. sheepish
    showing a sense of shame
    “I’m a junior,” I say.
    “In high school,” he repeats. His arm is still around me. “How old are you?”
    “Seventeen,” I whisper, feeling sheepish.
  30. stern
    serious and harsh in manner or behavior
    “Simon,” says my dad, looking confused and stern and amused all at once. “Is there something you’d like to tell us?”
Created on July 24, 2017 (updated May 25, 2018)

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