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"All My Rage" by Sabaa Tahir, Part I

November 4, 2022
Noor and Sal — two Pakistani American teenagers living in a small town — are falling in love as they struggle with difficult family issues.

Here are links to our lists for the novel: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Parts V–VI
veranda
After she delivered the news, I found my father on the veranda.
masquerade
It's like by saying it, he's trying to make me feel like he's a friend, instead of a mess masquerading as my father.
coherent
Ama's not taking care of herself and someone needs to tell Dr. Rothman—preferably in a coherent sentence.
materialize
A bleached-blond head buried in a parka materializes from the shadows of C-hall.
saunter
She saunters past the flagpole, through the crowds of students, and toward the Civic.
innate
But in the same way that giraffes are born knowing how to run, I was born with the innate understanding that having a girlfriend while still living with my parents is verboten.
verboten
But in the same way that giraffes are born knowing how to run, I was born with the innate understanding that having a girlfriend while still living with my parents is verboten.
insubstantial
Her parka is unzipped enough to show the insubstantial WELCOME TO TATOOINE shirt beneath. She must be freezing.
installment
It’s usually Ama hunched over stacks of bills, asking the electric company, the hospital, the cable company if we can pay in installments.
oppressive
Behind Ernst is Security Officer Derek Higgins, aka Darth Derek, so-called because he's an oppressive mouth-breather who sweeps around Juniper High like it's his personal Star Destroyer.
hedge
A direct response would be a lie, so I hedge.
careen
For a guy who careens from one illegal activity to another, Art is uncannily oblivious.
uncanny
For a guy who careens from one illegal activity to another, Art is uncannily oblivious.
wayward
Art adjusts his beanie in the mirror, blond hair poking out like the fingers of a wayward plant.
tumbler
Usually while he drinks Pellegrino out of a ceramic tumbler he ordered because a Pixtagram ad told him it would save the dolphins.
lucrative
“One day she was fine, the next she looked like a corpse. I thought she was a goner. She's fine now, though. And she got a painkiller prescription she never uses, so that's lucrative."
tinny
She pulls out her headphones, hidden in her hoodie, and a tinny song spills from them.
astringent
Then she ducks into the classroom, a blur of beaded bracelets, dark jeans, and the cheap, astringent soap her uncle sells at his liquor shop.
specter
For a second, the Fight hangs between us, specter versions of ourselves six months ago facing each other at a campground in Veil Meadows.
cliche
He's also my former best friend. My first love. My first heartbreak. So cliché and so, so stupid.
obscure
No matter how obscure the theorem, Chachu can explain it.
vagary
“You could be doing my job,” Mr. Collins says. “Hell, you don’t even have an accent like some of the guys working at the base. Why are you here selling liquor and groceries?”
“The vagaries of fate,” Chachu says.
inconsistent
Some days, I think of throwing Kurt Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem in his face. It’s the idea that any logic system in existence is either inconsistent or incomplete.
threshold
I don't remember opening the door. I want to disappear, but I'm frozen at the threshold.
posse
She waits for Grace and Sophie, her eerily identical posse, to leave the little dirt patch outside the locker room before approaching.
modest
Ama keeps her legs covered in public. The docs here know her. They know she prefers modest dress. They didn't even have the decency to cover her up properly?
intently
“I miss—him.” Ama's voice is faint, but she looks past me so intently that I glance over my shoulder.
warily
The emergency room, down the hall from the ICU, is curiously silent. Other than my father, snarling at two cops watching him warily from the door.
ire
My ire rises again because I can taste their disgust.
mangle
I fumble for a prayer, one she taught me because Chachu refused to. I say it aloud, though I'm mangling it because I'm panicking.

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