a ghostly double that haunts its living counterpart
"It's freakish," I admit, my eyes bouncing back and forth. "Felipe, he's your
doppelganger," I say.
the state of being emotionally aroused and worked up
Spurred by Felipe’s find, Sienna starts digging through the bins with the same
fervor as my mom plowing through clearance racks.
surpassing the ordinary or normal
Chameleon Girl has got the same freckles, big hair, and long skinny limbs. And, to top it off, her superpower is the ability to change colors to blend in with her environment. It's
I burst out laughing when I see a busty ninja girl wearing a tight kimono and
brandishing a huge samurai sword on the cover.
a strong liking or preference
"Mom!" I blurt out, cutting Felipe off before he has a chance to finish. "I'm hungry. Like, really hungry. What are we having for dinner? Bibimbap?" I hate to use Mom's
penchant for feeding me against her, but I'm desperate.
in a manner marked by keen caution and watchful prudence
"Those kids go to a Korean hagwon?" Mom looks at me
warily with one hand on the wheel.
thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot
The automatic glass door slides open, and we follow Jasmine into the lobby, where the walls are lined with
dingy floral paintings and bulletin boards, like the kind we had in elementary school.
a small number or amount
"The only thing my strict parents want to foster is a four-point-oh GPA."
I get a
smattering of courtesy laughs.
moderate to inferior in quality
"You know how when you get a pack of Jelly Bellies, it's a mixed bag. You get the okay flavors like bubblegum and banana. Some awful ones like buttered popcorn and licorice. But when you get your favorite one, it makes having to get through all the bad and
mediocre ones worth it. For me, it's all about the Tutti-Fruitti one.”
an event that fails badly or is totally ineffectual
"There's no fixing that set. It's a
dud. Total failure."
a booking for performers
"If only you knew. I teach at the Haha Club and online to help kids and to pay my bills, but you better believe I'm still out there pounding the pavement. I want to be a writer for kids' TV shows. I'm not there yet. In fact, this year alone I got passed over for two comedy writing
gigs—one for a show on Cartoon Network and the other for Disney XD—but I keep hustling."
color with streaks or blotches of different shades
He hits a button on the remote and the sparkly globe glitters as it rotates,
dappling the wall of traditional brush paintings with festive dots of lights.
without musical accompaniment
My dad, the ultimate karaoke king, cannot refuse the microphone. He takes it in both hands and belts out his go-to song, an old classic Korean folk
"I dedicate this song to my best-dressed wife, who makes most delicious food in Koreatown." Then he
croons a Korean love song, showing off his silky tenor.
try to fix or mend in an unskilled manner
He's one of those people who can
tinker with the bass and treble dials on a stereo system forever until he gets the purest sound.
the quality of being worthy of esteem or respect
“I'm sorry, Mr. Montgomery," Dad pleads, searching the tabletop like he's looking for his
able or tending to extend in one or more directions
The doors part, and I immediately scan the
expansive air-conditioned lobby in search of Yuri.
in full control of your faculties
My sister, who Mom once described to some customers as the Asian Audrey Hepburn, perfectly
poised in pastel cardigans and tasteful ballet flats, is wearing an apron and a floppy logoed baseball cap, making a drink.
brief and to the point
Her tone is
"I took the bus."
in a state of sulky dissatisfaction
Disgruntled Pantsuit Lady drums her French manicured fingers on the counter dramatically.
conceal or hide
"Apparently." I turn away so I don't have to look at her. "All you care about is leaving us to join the stupid Peace Corps." My throat aches with
a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
"Well, for your information, so have I. Not that you'd care. You're too busy with your new life to know how stressed out I've been about the showcase this Thursday," I say coolly, with
resentment I didn't know I had.
pay back for some expense incurred
"By the way, that check is a loan.” She taps my notebook with two fingers. "Just so you know, I'll have to work a bunch of extra shifts to cover this. I expect you to
reimburse me in full as soon as you can."
falters. "I can come back later."
ultimately disappointing after a promising or exciting start
I follow her into the staff lounge.
To be honest, I've always wondered what it was like in here, but it's kind of
an aura of heightened interest surrounding a person or thing
It's nothing but a plain, boring room with a huge conference table littered with paper piles, empty pizza boxes, Doritos bags, and soda cans. Not that I was expecting whoopee cushions and beanbag chairs, but this doesn't quite live up to the
the trait of being rude and impertinent
"Wow." This person has some
gall. Everyone knows that notebooks are off-limits. Some things are sacred.
produce a clear liquid secreted into the mouth
I am practically
salivating when I get my plate of tiny corn tortillas piled high with chopped onions, cilantro, and sizzling beef topped with a generous drizzle of spicy salsa verde and radish slices on the side.
a person who joins with another in carrying out some plan
My whole life I've trusted Yuri with my secrets, and she's always been on my side, but I've never put her in a situation that required her to be my
having momentous consequences; of decisive importance
The way the stage lights beat down on my shoulders reminds me of the first time I stood on this stage. That
fateful day when everything changed. My first day of camp.