make more attractive, as by adding ornament or color
He was talking to Pinky, who was wearing a T-shirt she’d distressed and
marked by balance or equilibrium and readiness for action
He pushed his shoulders back and was
poised to go into his trademark swagger when he glanced down—and froze.
in fear or dread of possible evil or harm
She got the feeling that he’d been honest with her—he was
apprehensive about this not because of her or how she looked, but because of them.
He gestured to the muscular black boy next to him, who nodded but didn’t give her the
exuberant smile Oliver had.
impervious to correction by punishment
He was the best dressed out of all of them, in a button-down shirt and neatly pressed khaki pants. He looked like a banker in the making. (Whereas Ash was wearing a Pokemon T-shirt he’d probably had since eighth grade, which was kind of
completely wanting or lacking
Samir’s face didn’t hint at anything at all, it was completely
devoid of expression.
having or showing arrogant superiority
And even though his mouth was turned up in a
haughty smirk right then, there was a kind of woundedness in his eyes, a hardness to his jaw that came from feeling defensive, from being hurt.
highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire
Something about the way she held herself—that tentativeness, that open-eyed curiosity, that
beguiling shallow dimple that popped out whenever she smiled or quirked her mouth—all of those things were attractive to Ashish, and he just couldn’t figure out why.
elicit a report from someone about a mission, job, or event
Sweetie: k. I'll text you guys when it's over.
Suki: Yeah let’s grab some fro yo or something and
without doubting or questioning
If Kayla, Suki, and Izzy believed she had this, then she had this. She trusted their judgment
implicitly, even when she didn’t trust her own.
express or state clearly
And until she could
articulate those feelings and
articulate them bravely and well, Sweetie knew, she’d have to keep the whole Sassy Sweetie Project under wraps.
demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
Usually Sweetie felt a little bite of annoyance at Amma’s
impressive in appearance
Ashish’s house was
imposing, even though she’d been here before, just last weekend.
open land with peaty soil covered with heather and moss
She tipped her head back and took in the gigantic mansion, which looked like it belonged on some Scottish
accessory or supplementary item of equipment or clothing
Sunita auntie came fully equipped with her puja thali—a silver tray on which were balanced various powders and other
a tuft of hair in a different direction from the rest
Sweetie could tell from the barely suppressed energy in the room that it was all Sunita auntie could do not to hover and shepherd them to the door, maybe even smooth out Ashish’s
cowlick and kiss him on the cheek.
experiencing or displaying extreme joy or bliss
Outside, birds chirped in the trees
tending to impart new life and vigor to
restorative,” she said carefully. “I like to imagine my stress in a box that I leave at the steps here.”
a ritual reciting of words believed to have a magical effect
There was a surprising comfort in being around his family’s religious culture too, in hearing the familiar words of the priest’s
incantations and smelling the sandalwood incense.
tear or wear off the skin or make sore by abrading
The stuffy embroidered kurta he’d been forced to wear wasn’t even
chafing his skin as much as it usually did.
marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners
The maître d’, a
dapper, short black woman in a suit, greeted them warmly.
a greenhouse in which plants are arranged
“Excellent. I do see you here, Mr Patel. Would you prefer our
conservatory or balcony?”
uninterested because of frequent exposure or indulgence
“‘Peeps and tweeps.’ It’s code for ‘friends and important media.’ I guess the PR consultant decided it was trendier—and is obviously a Twitter fan.” Ashish chuckled. “Maybe ‘VIP’ is too
render motionless because of surprise, terror, or awe
Their view of the mountains in the distance was stunning enough, but right below them was a shimmering reflecting pool filled with koi and aquatic plants that were completely
an indication that something has been present
His brain still held on to the
vestiges of Celia, sure he’d never be over her.
spoil by behaving clumsily or foolishly
bungled easy shots, he got hit in the side of the head because he was looking in the wrong direction, Elijah pretty much carried the game, and Coach ripped him a new one.
a lack of arrogance or false pride
Ashish took all the ribbing from his teammates—both gentle and vicious—with
unrestrained, especially with regard to feelings
He was making
extravagant hand gestures, the way he did when he was mad, and Elijah had on his closed-off, shut-down look.
a quarrel about petty points
He’d never been in the middle of a lovers’
censure severely or angrily
berate us and laugh at us and poke and prod at the thing we don’t want to think about.
grope, scratch, or feel searchingly
Suddenly Sweetie sat up and
scrabbled in her nightstand drawer. She pulled out what she was looking for, and there in the darkness she shook that Magic 8 Ball like her life depended on it.
form intrigues (for) in an underhand manner
As Sweetie had lain in bed last night, thinking about how she’d single-handedly
connived to get Ashish Patel’s attention and then begun to date him, she’d gotten a surge of confidence.
working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
Resisting fatphobic messages was one thing—but what about the
insidious, internalized fatphobia she carried around?
creating an appearance of importance or distinction
“I’m the lead singer.” Sweetie tried not to grimace at how
pretentious that sounded. “Only because Kayla and the others twisted my arm.”
He bowed his head,
lacking intent or capacity to injure
“I don’t know….They look fairly
innocuous to me.”
lessen in force or effect
She could taste the chalky cornstarch of the powder, but it didn’t
dampen the heat of this moment.
noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
He nodded and followed her off the field, both of them dodging the yelling, hollering,
boisterous crowd of grinning, multicolored people.
impossible to deny or disprove
“So it turns out I’m completely,
irrefutably attracted to you.”
She squeezed his hands and her smile
flourished into a grin.