"Every Day" by David Levithan, Day 6008-Day 6021

Every day, A wakes up in a different body—but what happens when A falls in love? Author David Levithan explores the nature of identity in this thought-provoking novel.

Here are links to our lists for the novel: Day 5994-Day 6000, Day 6001-Day 6007, Day 6008-Day 6021, Day 6022-Day 6034

Here is a link to our lists for Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green.

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  1. parody
    make a spoof of
    If smart people are parodying it, that’s a sure sign that some less smart people are believing it.
  2. harrowing
    causing extreme distress
    I’ve been diabetic a couple of times, and the first time was harrowing.
  3. idiosyncrasy
    a behavioral attribute peculiar to an individual
    AJ is full of idiosyncrasies that probably don’t seem all that idiosyncratic to him anymore.
  4. extrapolate
    draw from specific cases for more general cases
    His head is full of statistics, facts and figures extrapolated into thousands of different combinations and comparisons.
  5. wariness
    the trait of being cautious and watchful
    Now a wariness creeps into his expression.
  6. confidant
    someone to whom private matters are told
    I can’t make AJ too much of a confidant, because tomorrow will come and he might not remember anything that’s been said, and that might make Nathan suspicious.
  7. gouge
    force with the thumb
    What punishment would there be if I took the pencil in my hand and gouged out the eye of the girl sitting next to me in chem class?
  8. fray
    a noisy fight
    The school day is already in full swing, so when I open the doors, I jump right into the fray.
  9. paraphernalia
    equipment consisting of miscellaneous articles
    From all the Shakespearean paraphernalia hanging on the walls, I’m guessing we’re in an English classroom.
  10. feign
    give a false appearance of
    So I feign sickness, get permission to stay home.
  11. thermodynamics
    physics concerned with heat and other forms of energy
    What a shock it would be were Valeria to stomp right in and start talking to her about the laws of thermodynamics, or the life of Thomas Jefferson, in flawless English.
  12. perfunctory
    hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough
    Nathan’s post is perfunctory, as if it’s been summarized from his earlier statements.
  13. hyperbolic
    enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness
    Some are clearly the work of nutjobs—clinically paranoid people who need professional help, not arenas in which to vent their hyperbolic conspiracy theories.
  14. testimonial
    something that serves as evidence
    Other testimonials, however, are almost painfully sincere.
  15. permeate
    spread or diffuse through
    If she’s the thought, the hope, the concern underneath my every waking moment, then why wouldn’t she permeate my sleeping hours as well?
  16. incarnation
    time passed in a particular bodily form
    Some girls and boys obliterate their rooms as they grow older, thinking they have to banish all their younger incarnations in order to convincingly inhabit a new one.
  17. frilly
    having decorative ruffles or similar ornamentation
    Nobody notices any difference—not because they don’t care, but because it’s early in the morning, and nobody’s expected to be frilly there.
  18. perpetrate
    perform an act, usually with a negative connotation
    He’s in a talkative mood, focusing on what I imagine is his favorite theme: the injustices perpetrated against him by everyone else, all the time.
  19. palpable
    capable of being perceived
    ...I must struggle against the palpable temptation to do something drastic.
  20. tether
    restraint consisting of a rope or chain
    All it would take are a few well-chosen words to cut the tether.
  21. reverberation
    a remote or indirect consequence of some action
    If you think about it hard enough, if you trace potential reverberations long enough, every step can be a false step, any move can lead to an unintended consequence.
  22. repercussion
    a remote or indirect consequence of some action
    But there could be repercussions for that tomorrow.
  23. lethargy
    inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy
    For our afternoon, I’ve decided to attempt to give Rhiannon the satisfaction of being fully alone. Not the lethargy of lying on the couch or the dull monotony of drifting off in math class.
  24. monotony
    the quality of wearisome constancy and lack of variety
    For our afternoon, I’ve decided to attempt to give Rhiannon the satisfaction of being fully alone. Not the lethargy of lying on the couch or the dull monotony of drifting off in math class.
  25. implore
    call upon in supplication
    Remember this, I implore Rhiannon as I look out over the trees, as I catch her breath.
  26. vestige
    an indication that something has been present
    And with Rhiannon, it seems as if the understanding has already surfaced. Any vestige of doubt has been swept away.
  27. contend
    come to terms with
    In the meantime, there’s Vanessa Martinez to contend with.
  28. chide
    censure severely or angrily
    She has to make do with a single mile, and I can almost hear her chiding me for it.
  29. sartorial
    of or relating to a tailor or to tailoring
    They’re not dressed identically, but it’s clear they’ve all dressed within the same sartorial guidelines, dictated by you-know-who.
  30. susceptible
    yielding readily to or capable of
    She has a poison personality, and I feel that even I am susceptible to it.
  31. ire
    anger or hostility toward some real or supposed grievance
    I simply halt her ire for a single day.
  32. unyielding
    stubbornly unmoving
    George’s mother is made of stern, unyielding material, and she also happens to be the slowest speaker I’ve ever heard.
  33. pantomime
    a performance using gestures and movements without words
    They stare forward at all times, a pantomime of paying perfect attention.
  34. carrel
    small individual study area in a library
    I sit at a carrel by a window and keep being drawn to the traffic, even though I know it’s still a couple of hours until Rhiannon will show up.
  35. brandish
    exhibit aggressively
    She picks up a chopstick and brandishes it as a sword.
  36. internalize
    incorporate within oneself; make subjective or personal
    I hope that George doesn’t internalize her scare tactics.
  37. hinterland
    a remote and undeveloped area
    I drive for almost two hours, west into the hinterlands of Maryland.
  38. contour
    any spatial attributes, especially as defined by outline
    I trace the contours of her face, her collarbone.
  39. luxuriate
    enjoy to excess
    We have entered the safest cocoon our affections can make, and we lie there, and we luxuriate in the wealth of the moment, and gently fall into each other, fall into sleep.
  40. arbitrary
    based on or subject to individual discretion or preference
    It showed me how arbitrary and individual it is, the way we experience the world.
  41. vise
    a holding device attached to a workbench
    There’s a hazy blur to my thoughts, a vise compressing my head.
  42. synapse
    the junction between two neurons
    I am accessing like crazy, but it’s as if my synapses have been dipped in tar.
  43. conciliatory
    intended to placate
    “Dr. P is here,” Dana’s mother chimes in from behind him, with a slightly more conciliatory tone.
  44. convulse
    contract involuntarily, as in a spasm
    My body convulses in pain. Pain is all I can feel.
  45. amends
    something done or paid in expiation of a wrong
    They decide that I will have to go to school tomorrow, and that I will have to make amends to my friends then.

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