Got these in advance because I knew you’d
enrapture everyone...just like you did me.
naive and easily deceived or tricked
He thought you were
gullible enough to fall for his lies, and then he decided he wanted to hook back up with his ex while telling you that she’d broken his heart so badly he couldn’t emotionally connect with you.
quivering as from weakness or fear
tremulous pain in her voice crashed Ashish back to reality.
be able to manage or manage successfully
I know they’ll just think I’m this giant failure if I move back home because I can’t
hack it away from them.
an idea that is implied or suggested
He put an arm around her shoulder. It felt easy now, like something he’d do with Pinky, with no other
connotations surrounding it.
marked by skill or cunning in achieving a desired end
Ashish was walking toward the parking lot with a girl who had to be Celia, with her gorgeous red halter and short shorts, her perfect cowboy boots and
artfully arranged bun.
a secret rendezvous, especially a romantic one
Was Ashish just a big cheater? Were he and Celia just feeding her an old, tired story she’d be a total fool to believe? But why? What would be the point? Well, maybe they needed Sweetie to believe so they could continue their
tryst in all the secretive excitement.
difficult to manage or mold
This might just be the first crack in Amma’s
in a manner that cannot be taken back
How had he gone from neatly tying things up, from finally arriving at the conclusion that he was
irrevocably in love with Sweetie to having her call him a fart goblin jerkwad, whatever that was, threatening him with her Mafia girl gang and then storming off into the night?
move away from each other
I already knew I didn’t have feelings for her, but she still had this...this hold on me, you know? Like the ghost of our relationship was always there when I was with you, and I thought once I just met up with her and got everything out in the open, that ghost would finally
in a hesitant manner
“I love you too, Ashish.” She leaned in to kiss his lips, first
tentatively, then with more hunger.
worry unnecessarily or excessively
But there was still one
niggling thing left. Something she had to tell Ashish, so he knew how things were with her, too. So he could be prepared.
professing feelings or virtues one does not have
I know it sounds
hypocritical after I’ve dated you behind their backs for the past month.
blindly and obstinately attached to some creed or opinion
I know what I’ve always believed to be true is true—my ability to find romantic love isn’t tied to my weight. And I’m worth so much more than what
bigoted, ignorant people might think.
away from the correct or expected course
Ashish had insisted on making a list last night when she’d confessed to him how afraid she really was that things would go completely
agreement with a statement or proposal to do something
Pappa grunted, which didn’t exactly sound like
assent, but Ashish rolled with it.
deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or emotion
“Have you ever tried to eat curry that hasn’t been seasoned?” Pappa asked, almost aggressively. “It’s bland. It’s boring. No one likes it.” He cleared his throat. “That’s what our life would be like without you,” he finished
gruffly, crossing and then uncrossing his arms.
an abstracted state of absorption
“Beta, but are you sure you don’t want us to come with you?” Ma asked, pulling him out of his mini
feeling or manifesting profound respect or awe
He was staring at her in absolute wonder. The way you stare at a double rainbow. The way the earth stares at the sun. The way that squirrel outside had stared at the peanut-butter-covered pinecone she’d set out for it last winter.
Reverentially, like he couldn’t believe his luck.
having great physical beauty
“You look—” she began just as he said, “
She paused and then laughed. “What?”
She left the door open because she didn’t want any of the nosy uncles or aunties telling Amma that her daughter had
ensconced herself in a closed room with a boy.
a neutral zone between two rival powers
“So they’re sort of like
buffers between me and your parents?”
“Human shields, more like,” Sweetie murmured.
marked by high spirits or excitement
Anjali Chechi was always full of a kinetic,
the back side of the neck
Even her curly hair was exuberant—it reached out in all directions from her head like it just couldn’t bear to be contained, even though she’d tried to tame it into a bun at the
nape of her neck.
being present everywhere at once
People wished her a happy birthday and asked her about her grades (the
ubiquitous Indian question), her plans for college (ditto), and her plans to lose weight (tritto).
breathe excessively hard and fast
Her heart was pounding so hard, her voice actually wobbled with the effort of trying not to
feeling great rapture or delight
It sat proudly on a table, surrounded by
ecstatic children. “The chocolate fountain,” Sweetie said softly.
with obstinate determination
They had no respect for his boundaries. But more than that, they were his family, which meant they were always
doggedly there for him.
wander aimlessly in search of pleasure
“Selfish. This is what you are, Sweetie. So selfish. The decisions you’ve made have been only to benefit you! You didn’t think of your family once! You just wanted to go
gallivanting around with this boy”—she thrust her chin at Ashish—“and you didn’t care about anything else.”
having an outer covering especially of thin metal
His words, confident and strong, were
clad in iron.
walk or tramp about
traipsed in, dressed like royalty.
devout or heartfelt
“Hello again, Vidya,” she said
earnestly. “Please allow me to apologize for stopping by uninvited..."
having self-possession upset; thrown into confusion
Amma looked by turns
discombobulated and furious, as if she had no idea whether to welcome the Patels like a good host or to kick them out.
pour as if from a conduit that carries a rapid flow of water
“No,” Sweetie said suddenly, loudly, her voice
sluicing through the air.
subject to legal action
If something happened to you, the organization would be
There were two girls on the team who bullied Sweetie
force onto another
“My mom ordered a lot of food, you guys,” Sweetie said, laughing. “Please eat or she’ll be
foisting heaping plates on you before long.”
have a meeting in order to talk something over
Ashish and his parents were out at their car,
conferring about something, while Jason Chettan and Achchan were downstairs talking.
engraving or carving in low relief on a stone
Sweetie gazed at the
cameo pendant, nestled in inky-black silk. It was stunning, with a pale-turquoise background and a white figure on top.
Sweetie ran across the finish line, her hands in the air. The crowd cheered, her entire body lit up with that
intoxicating soup of endorphins and adrenaline.