Targ So she came up with the ingenious idea of hiring him to give me vocab lessons to prepare me for my SATs, because he used to work for one of those SAT review classes or whatever. Somehow I was having trouble mustering a silly, goofy grin of my own. I waited there, alone, in the den, listening to the shower run, for a solid five minutes. Rico had told her repeatedly that the key to the party was brevity.
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At least, I thought so last night when I bought this bookback when I actually thought things would be different this year. And somehow I guess I thought that me being different would make everything else different, too. Okay, yeah, so that was a little 2naive. After one day back at Columbus High, I can say that nothings changed much at all. The 3preps stick with the preps, the hoods with the hoods.
Doe-eyed freshmen 4rove around in packs, holding their books with both hands to avoid having them dumped. In classes, teachers make us say our names out loud and something about ourselves. Only one things differentLuke Barton. The new kid. Hes from California. I got press clippings about him all day. In homeroom, Jenny Cassell, a tireless socialite who has sat 8adjacent to me in homeroom since seventh grade, drew an audience with her description: Hes this totally hot skateboarding, movie-star type with a reddish-blond afro and Salvation Army style, with expensive sneakers and jeans that are perfectly worn in.
By far the most 10ebullient description I heard was from my best friend. Nikkis first words to me were straight out of Star Wars: Luke will be mine. She had already turned him into a savior. See Fran, this is exactly what I was talking about! Remember when I said I needed a change?
Well its arrived. Hes here. Luke Bartons the thing thats been missing for me in this town. Hes going to be a 11catalyst for change in my lifeI can already see it. Nikki moved here from Carmel, an 12affluent 13enclave north of Indianapolis.
This happened like five years ago, but Big City Nikki still 14 scapegoats Columbus for some of her personal problems, most 15 particularly her lack of a steady guy. I hadnt even seen the dude yet, but already I was tempted to 16abhor this whole Luke 17phenomenon. I was thinking how annoying it was that some stranger could penetrate the collective imagination of Columbus High more in one day than I had in the previous two years.
And then, eight minutes into my last period class, AP English, in 18struts this tall, goodlooking guy in paintsplattered jeans, a tight 20hipster T, and a shocking mass of curly reddish hair.
Had to be him. More 21intriguing than hot, I 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 aloof standoffish ebullient high-spirited catalyst something that brings about a change affluent wealthy enclave closed society scapegoats. Of course, had I not been happily boyfriended to a legitimate hottie myself, I might have felt a little differently. There was something in his athletic 22gait that made you want to look.
He had, like, star power. I made myself look away, determined not to fall victim to this 23unabashed shock and awe self-promotion campaign. You must be Lucas, Ms. Cloisters said. Luke, he said, apparently not the 24verbose type. Interesting, Ms. Do you know how I knew who you were, Luke? He shrugged.
Well, its not because your reputation 25precedes you, or that I received your 26dossier from the CIA. Its not because I saw you in the hallway and, admiring your 27effulgent beauty, rushed down to the principals office to find out who you were. The class let out a few hesitant laughs. Cloisters had a reputation for humiliating students who didnt meet her 28lofty academic standards.
It was more along the lines that you were the last student to show. Whys that? Im new. Luke half-smiled in a way that said hed played this game before. I got lost. But you made it. You 29persevered. Congratulations, 30neophyte, on finding room For future reference, the room numbers go in 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 gait way of walking unabashed unashamed verbose wordy precedes comes before dossier. Its a logical 32scheme, and youre in Advanced Placement English, so you should be 33cerebral enough to figure it out.
Now find a seat. Luke turned his back on Ms. Cloisters, showing off his 34stolid expression to the rest of the class. I glanced up at him, prepared to 35avert my eyes at any moment. Didnt even score a glance. He sat behind me, in the same row. My back and shoulders felt warm. An 36irrational thought hit me was he 37emitting some sort of Luke ray? I slumped down in my seat to 38 fend it off.
Cloisters introduced the class with a 39rant about the power of words. Of the four things we would focus on in her class, vocabulary would be foremost. It drives me nuts when students ask how studying words will ever assist them in the real world.
The most bankable skill you could have in our media-driven society is to be 40articulate. In fact, a study conducted at several major corporations found that one of the most 41salient 42disparities between employees at the bottom-, middle-, and top-paying 43rungs is their skill levels in vocabulary and 44syntax.
Which is to say, those who express themselves the best get the best jobs. The final three things we would do in her class were read, read and 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 descending downward scheme. We would read short stories, novels, novellas, poetry, 45epics, even a play.
In fact, were going to start right now, Ms. Cloisters said, handing out a short story by Hemingway for us to 46peruse. It was called Hills Like White Elephants, and it was about a young couple drinking beer in a bar, somewhere near some hills in Spain. It didnt seem like it had enough big words or concepts to be good, but there was something to it, a certain 47resonance. Cloisters asked us what we thought about it. In 48accordance with my 49resolution to get more involved in class discussions this year, I raised my hand.
Yes, Ms. Say your name, and then make your comment. My names Francesca Castarelli. And I was just gonna say it seems like the couple in this story has some serious communication issues. They just talk in monosyllables about nothing in particular, and they cant seem to agree on anything. Okaaaay, Ms. Cloisters said in a 50condescending way. Anyone else want to get a little more specific?
She pointed behind me. Im Luke Barton, and I think the communication issues Francesca is referring to are related to the fact that the young woman is pregnant with the mans child, and he is pressuring her to abort. Thats what theyre actually arguing about, even though they dont come right out and say it. My ears got hot at the sound of my name. He was talking about me. Was he making fun of me? Was he calling me a 51dunce? Thats right, Ms. Hemingway has a way of making a situation 52implicit without hitting the reader over the head with it.
Nice close reading, Lucas. Humiliated by The New Guy. Maybe he hadnt meant to. I dropped my pencil and turned to steal a glance at him. Luke was looking back at me with a big ol 53smug grin on his face. But one thing I decided was that since I finally had a real boyfriend, I was going to enjoy that standard dating 54ritual that most girls my age havea dinner-and-a-movie date.
So far I had only experienced it 55vicariously through Nikkis stories and a dozen or so bad romantic comedies.
Head Over Heels: an SAT Vocabulary Novel
Vurg Get the item you ordered or get your money back. Normally I revered this, but right now it just seemed ersatz. No, I was still stuck in paranoia mode. But the word captured his response perfectly. National Nut Day — vocabulary October I put my hand on his shoulder, hoping to turn the tide of his dwindling faith in me. It was totally lame, but it seemed to work, because the suspicious look in his eyes faded back to the scowl that had been there a nedz ago.
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At least, I thought so last night when I bought this bookback when I actually thought things would be different this year. And somehow I guess I thought that me being different would make everything else different, too. Okay, yeah, so that was a little 2naive. After one day back at Columbus High, I can say that nothings changed much at all. The 3preps stick with the preps, the hoods with the hoods. Doe-eyed freshmen 4rove around in packs, holding their books with both hands to avoid having them dumped. In classes, teachers make us say our names out loud and something about ourselves.
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