make unclear or less visible
Leather Pants scrunches my hair in her hands. "You need more volume.” She combs my hair forward,
obscuring the sides of my face. "Covers your yeodeureum.”
expose to air so as to cool or freshen
When my hair is completely rolled up, the perm machine and I are sent to the
ventilated lounge for a half hour to marinate.
having a difficult and contrary disposition
"Yesterday I went to your school to talk to Mr. Beasley."
I stiffen at the mention of Winston Preparatory Academy's most
crotchety administrator. "Why?"
an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
"Wait. I don't have to go to Winston anymore?" A tightness I didn't even know I was holding in my shoulders magically lifts, and a giant grin spreads across my face. I consider the implications: no more starchy uniforms, no more Latin class, no more snotty
cliques, and no more disappointed teachers.
cause to do through pressure or necessity
I'm dying to know what nonimmigrant parents say to
coerce their kids.
troubled persistently especially with petty annoyances
I run my fingers through the still-wet ringlets on my shoulders,
vexed. "It's...just like it was before," I tell her with a forced smile.
bestow a quality on
Even though everyone else has switched to the cleaner gas or electric ones, Dad refuses to change. He's convinced real charcoal
imparts the most "traditional" taste.
impossible to determine the meaning of
I glance at the wall of
indecipherable code on the monitor. "Wow, that’s pretty intense."
an act of shocking cruelty
She glances at my hair. "Cute perm, by the way."
I scrunch my nose, remembering the
atrocity atop my head. "Don't lie. I look like a wet poodle."
disarrange or rumple; dishevel
"Don't let that little punk get under your skin." She
tousles my hair. "Besides, it'll loosen up before then."
of or relating to or featuring horseback riding
Hearing them talk about the stuff they do together on weekends at the country club makes me feel like we're from different planets. Like the time Alexis and Avery were gushing about an
equestrian competition, and I jumped in with Quest! I love that board game! I didn't win many popularity points with that one.
lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
"Beauty is not everything." Mom clucks her tongue and loud-whispers to Mrs. Lee, "I'm afraid Yuri will never get married." She tosses her head with
disdain. "She still has no boyfriend."
cause to feel shame
Yuri's porcelain skin flushes bright pink. You'd think we'd have grown immune to this stuff by now, but nope, it's still
mortifying each time.
not genuine or real
faux -concerned expression cloaks Mom's face. "She cannot meet any nice boys because she always studying, studying, studying."
treat with excessive pampering
indulges Dad. "Wah! So smart! She finished her studies two years early."
give a false appearance of
Dad swats at the air,
feigning modesty, like they're talking about him.
freedom from vanity or conceit
Dad swats at the air, feigning
modesty, like they're talking about him.
done by design
She smiles at them with her fake no-teeth grin,
willfully ignoring my silent outrage.
low or inferior in station or quality
In truth, I was assigned the
humble role of Wiseman #2, with no speaking parts whatsoever, much less a solo.
summon up, call forth, or bring together
I'll never forget Jasmine's stand-up about how she got her period during a sleepover but couldn't
muster the courage to ask her friend's mom for a maxi pad because #shygirl-problems.
at ease in talking to others
Hopeless, I fall onto my bed face-first. What I really need is a personality transplant. From a really spontaneous, naturally
outgoing, fun-loving donor.
personal attractiveness that enables you to influence others
I picture waking up from surgery after having
charisma and confidence stitched alongside my organs and being miraculously healed from my stifling self-consciousness.
smother or suppress
I picture waking up from surgery after having charisma and confidence stitched alongside my organs and being miraculously healed from my
apply oil or ointment to the hair
For years [note: emphasize this], my mom has insisted that I condition it, spray it,
pomade it, and perm it to “give it the volume.”
act out without words but with gestures and bodily movements
Be careful how you treat your hair, friends. Next time you’re in the bathroom, watch your back. [pause] No, I mean literally check out with some mirrors or something [
pantomime this]. You might have missed some flakes back there.
a specialized substance released from a gland or cell
"Sorry." Mom points to the white cotton film slathered on her face with floral-scented goo. "I got the new facial mask. Secret ingredient is snail
secretion. Helps with shrinking the pores."
an irrational need to perform trivial or repetitive actions
compulsion, Mom automatically starts tidying the stray papers and books on my desk.
sit or lie with one's limbs spread out
sprawl on the other end of my bed, staring at my closet door, where my K-pop posters hang next to my old Pokémon ones.
marked by excessive complacency or self-satisfaction
smug smile pulls the sides of the sheet mask, making her look like a lackluster Mexican luchador.
not having brilliance or vitality
Her smug smile pulls the sides of the sheet mask, making her look like a
lackluster Mexican luchador.