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Chapters 1–5

Coop and his neighbor Jupiter are best friends — despite Coop's unrequited crush. But when Rae moves to town, she threatens to disrupt their friendship.

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  1. sear
    become superficially burned
    The image has already seared itself into my memory, but I need to pull myself back together.
  2. peon
    a laborer who is obliged to do menial work
    “Pffft. Last I checked, you’re in my domain, peon.”
  3. patriarchy
    a form of social organization in which men hold power
    “Oh, well, excuse me for feeling any opposition to you waltzing into my room without knocking and suggesting that I adapt to your uninvited presence.” She sets her phone down—thank God—faces her computer, and mutters, “Friggin’ patriarchy, I swear.”
  4. sustenance
    a source of materials to nourish the body
    And there she is: Jupiter Charity-Sanchez at her computer, with her grass-green fingernails, three studs in each ear, and a hoop through her right nostril, likely organizing some community event to bring “ sustenance and smiles” to the local homeless or a boycott of some major retailer in protest of sweatshop conditions in Sri Lanka.
  5. firebrand
    someone who deliberately foments trouble
    Jupe—my very, very best friend in the universe. Force, firebrand, future leader of America, I’m sure.
  6. ludicrous
    inviting ridicule
    “It’s ludicrous.” She sits back at her laptop.
  7. redundant
    repeating the same sense in different words
    “Normative. I know,” because she says that all the time even though it’s redundant.
  8. malaise
    a general feeling of discomfort, uneasiness, or depression
    ...I asked if she needed a cuddle because, duh, cuddles were are! the supreme cure for all forms of malaise.
  9. deity
    a supernatural being worshipped as controlling the world
    “Right!” Britain says, moving to the squat rack. “You’re like a deity..."
  10. inherent
    existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
    “Neither of you have any appreciation for the inherent value of women as human beings.”
  11. prospect
    someone who is considered for something
    “Coop, once you got your Team Jupe playbook together, you can consult it when you encounter a legitimate prospect. You can’t just pick whatever cute girl is available and try to force the feelings, dawg.”
  12. scrimmage
    practice play between two teams
    I slipped up and told them of me and Jupe’s fairly frequent sleeping arrangements when I had a stiff shoulder from her lying on my arm all night and kept missing jump shots in a scrimmage last season.
  13. adversary
    someone who offers opposition
    One cannot best an adversary without full awareness of said adversary’s strengths.
  14. implement
    pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue
    For one thing, I really haven’t slept since implementing the Game Plan.
  15. idealize
    consider or render as the best or most appropriate type
    When I showed Brit and Golly the list two days ago, Golly shook his head and said I was idealizing her too much: “acting like she has no flaws so you can hold on to the idea that she’s perfect for you.”
  16. squeamish
    easily disturbed or disgusted by unpleasant things
    ...brace yourself if you’re squeamish about biology stuff...
  17. oblige
    provide a service or favor for someone
    “Sit up.” She pats me on the thigh.
    With a nice fake groan, I oblige.
  18. aback
    by surprise
    Now she wants to look all taken aback.
  19. yeti
    a large hairy creature said to live in the Himalayas
    “Like I was saying before the yeti interrupted”—Brit glares at Golly—“y’all should join me. Hella new girls to peruse.”
  20. peruse
    examine or consider with attention and in detail
    “Like I was saying before the yeti interrupted”—Brit glares at Golly—“y’all should join me. Hella new girls to peruse.”
  21. untainted
    (of reputation) free from blemishes
    “Coop, this could be a brand-new prospect, untainted by Decatur High politics.”
  22. progressive
    favoring or promoting modern or innovative ideas
    We live in a pretty " progressive” area, as Mama likes to put it, and barring one incident in ninth grade involving some bigots picketing at one of my basketball games in deeeeeeeeeeep South Georgia, the two-dad life has never really been a big deal.
  23. picket
    take part in a strike or protest
    We live in a pretty "progressive” area, as Mama likes to put it, and barring one incident in ninth grade involving some bigots picketing at one of my basketball games in deeeeeeeeeeep South Georgia, the two-dad life has never really been a big deal.
  24. hiatus
    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
    Do they see each other outside of school? Did they hang out at all during my Game Plan hiatus?
  25. disclosure
    the act of making something evident
    Full disclosure: I’m not used to girls not paying me any attention, and it’s bothering me a lot that Rae’s into Jupe instead of me.
  26. profanity
    vulgar or irreverent speech or action
    It stops me in my tracks because I never hear her use profanity.
  27. indifferent
    marked by a lack of interest
    When they finally break apart, Jupe tells Rae she’ll be over tomorrow, and Rae tosses an indifferent half-wave in my general direction before heading to her dad’s car.
  28. standoffish
    lacking cordiality; unfriendly
    It’d be one thing if she were weird/ standoffish with everyone but Jupe.
  29. devolve
    grow worse
    ...it devolves into depraved imaginings involving Jupe’s brown skin and Rae’s freckles pretty quickly.
  30. depraved
    deviating from what is considered moral or right or proper
    ...it devolves into depraved imaginings involving Jupe’s brown skin and Rae’s freckles pretty quickly.
  31. garb
    clothing of a distinctive style or for a particular occasion
    After our warm-up laps, we all gather on the blue mats and find Rae standing next to Coach Q in standard cheer-practice garb—sports bra, tank top, and cotton shorts that reveal just how long and toned her legs are.
  32. rivet
    hold someone's attention
    Highly doubt I need to mention that the rest of us are riveted.
  33. curt
    brief and to the point
    She doesn’t even glance my way. Just a curt “Thanks, Courtney” in passing.
  34. vulnerability
    the state of being exposed
    “Ugh.” She puts her head in her hands. “You know vulnerability is not my strong suit!” And yet another deep breath.
  35. lieu
    the post or function properly occupied or served by another
    In lieu of a response—because I’m a little choked up—I kiss her forehead, and she squeezes me tighter.
Created on October 25, 2018 (updated October 29, 2018)

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