speak abruptly, especially as an interruption
“Hey, that's my name, too!" the real Kay
interjects from her wheelchair.
look angry or sullen as if to signal disapproval
“The plot thickens," Sienna says,
glowering at me.
prepare for something unpleasant or difficult
I follow Dad to the living room like a lamb to slaughter,
bracing myself for a scathing lecture with lots of yelling, but instead he collapses into his armchair and stares into the space in front of him with unfocused eyes.
marked by harshly abusive criticism
I follow Dad to the living room like a lamb to slaughter, bracing myself for a
scathing lecture with lots of yelling, but instead he collapses into his armchair and stares into the space in front of him with unfocused eyes.
give off unsteady sounds
I don't have enough courage to lift my eyes when his voice
small and of little importance
Pretty soon she'll be halfway around the world doing stuff that's way more important than me. She won't be able to pick up the phone and help me with my
petty problems then.
the back side of the neck
My whole body flares up, and suddenly there are creepy crawly sensations all over my body. I swear I feel tarantula hairs skittering across the
nape of my neck.
the power to entice or attract
For once, the
allure of shaved ice has no hold on me.
wear off or die down
Nabi wags her fluffy little tail as I leash her up. The summer sun is finally starting to set, and the heat is
in a rebellious manner
She makes a whining sound and
defiantly plants her butt down, letting me know she's had enough exercise for the day.
in a hard-working manner
"As you know, today concludes our Test Prep 101 class. You've all grown so much during our time together. I've pushed you, and you've studied
diligently, and I hope that you'll continue to pursue excellence beyond these walls. I expect to hear lots of good news soon."
a purposeful or industrious undertaking
Mrs. Pak, who I didn't think was capable of blushing, lifts one hand for silence.
"Thank you for all your hard work this summer, students. Good luck in your future academic
be driven or carried along, as by the air
I need to take a break, and the savory aroma of dumplings sizzling in sesame oil
wafting in from the kitchen is calling my name.
cause to be more favorably inclined
Mom takes off her apron and points back upstairs. "After you eat, I want you to clean your room. Cannot concentrate on your work in that mess!"
"Okay." I relent, doing what I can to
It's been so hectic these days, I haven't noticed that my room has slowly
devolved into a hazardous waste zone unfit for human habitation.
a collection containing a variety of sorts of things
"How's it going?" Mom asks, edging around the mound of
miscellany. This is the first time she's set foot in my room since I got in trouble, which is part of the reason why it's in its current state.
disturb, especially by minor irritations
Her hair comment hits the wrong chord, and suddenly I'm all
vigorous and enthusiastic enjoyment
"In just few minutes, we will open and have a new beginning at Chung's Barbecue. Thank you for all your hard work to prepare for today. Let's give best service to our guests," he says with the
gusto of a game show host.
very pleasantly inviting
It must have worked, because just a little bit later, the air is smoky with the
tantalizing smell of grilled meat, and we're busy serving the tables and tables of guests.
go sour or spoil
So we wait, and it's painfully slow. Like watching soybean paste
in disarray; extremely disorderly
disheveled hair and fraught bloodshot eyes, isn't exactly the picture of welcoming hospitality he was earlier.
marked by distress
Dad, with disheveled hair and
fraught bloodshot eyes, isn't exactly the picture of welcoming hospitality he was earlier.
capable of being done with means at hand
feasible!" he shouts from the other couch.
extend out or project in space
juts out in sympathy. "Aww, Yumi. We forgive you. Right, Felipe?"
"Right," he echoes.
having no fixed course
Sienna sings, her frizzy hair bouncing
erratically as she shimmies around Felipe's living room.
evidencing little spirit or courage
"I guess at the heart of it, I was afraid that you'd be disappointed. Maybe it was easier for me to go along with things than stand up to set things straight," I say
support and strengthen
I look up, and I’m immediately
bolstered by the sea of faces from every corner of my life coming together to support me and my family.
draw attention to oneself away from someone else
"So my big sister is a genius. Aced the SATs on her first try before she hit her teens. Yeah, not intimidating at all. Did I mention she’s also gorgeous? My entire life has been one
upstage after another, and to be completely honest, it's hard to hear any advice she has for me...."
a large edible marine gastropod with an ear-shaped shell
The tension in the room is as thick as
abalone porridge as Mom, Yuri, Manuel, and I gather around him in front of the computer.
a state of extreme confusion and disorder
Pandemonium breaks out, and we're all screaming and hugging and jumping and hugging some more.