WORD LISTS

"The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School" by Sonora Reyes, Chapters 6–12

November 5, 2022
Sixteen-year-old Yamilet Flores is a queer Mexican-American girl who navigates Catholic school and first love while learning to be authentic to herself.

Here are links to our lists for the novel: Chapters 1–5, Chapters 6–12, Chapters 13–17, Chapters 18–27
procure
THOU SHALT PROCURE A
 PSEUDO SUITOR
accordance
In accordance with the unspoken rule, I didn’t pry.
prompt
I switch to an art assignment that requires less thinking. The prompt is “insecurity.”
compartmentalize
I can present compartmentalized versions of myself to each person I know, and no one needs to know about my undercover identity.
humble
“What did we humble peasants do to deserve your company?”
subtle
He gives me a subtle half smile.
wavelength
There’s an art to telepathic communication. Cesar and I are on the same wavelength, so he gets my secret message: huh?
bigotry
I think about telling him I’d rid it of homophobia, racism, and all other forms of bigotry.
insignificant
I can’t tell if he rolled his eyes because my thing was so insignificant compared to his, or if he actually thinks the concept is stupid.
abstract
There’s an abstract rainbow mural covering two of the walls, while the other walls are littered with drawings and paintings.
epitome
She’s just so old-fashioned. The epitome of an Overprotective, Old-School, God-Fearing Mexican™.
elaborate
Cesar doesn’t admit to his lies, even if he’s about to be caught up. Instead, he comes up with elaborate ways to cover his tracks.
meme
For a second, I feel like that meme of the white lady with all the math equations behind her.
conventional
It’s not like I don’t know Hunter is conventionally attractive.
faze
She stares at Jamal for two excruciatingly long seconds. He pretends not to be fazed, but he has to be.
coax
“We got it, Mami,” I say as I gently coax the soapy plate from her hands like it’s a bomb only I can defuse.
relinquish
She sighs and relinquishes control before sitting on the barstool on the other side of the sink.
appeal
I’m not that into spoken-word poetry, but I see the appeal. The rhythm of the words feels like music without having too much going on.
resonate
Some of the lines really resonate, so I snap my fingers along to Jamal’s voice, and I find my head bobbing with the rhythm of the words.
smitten
Jamal and I spend the next half hour pretending to be all smitten. We fake-laugh and hold hands and eat off each other’s plates, even though I don’t like his food.
generic
Regardless of skill level, drawing every inch of Bo’s face makes it really hard not to get caught up admiring her, so I take my time drawing the lines and circles that make up every generic face before I finally have to really look at her.
hype
The uniforms take the fun out of Halloween, so the hype for homecoming is a million times stronger. Public homecoming proposals are now a regular occurrence.
mangle
I don’t know this guy, and he kind of mangles my name.
profusely
He’s in David’s uniform, sweating profusely.
wallow
The bass of the party music pulls me out of my wallowing.
sustainable
I pretend I don’t hear him and walk straight to the car, where Cesar and Jamal are already waiting. It’s not the most sustainable method of avoidance, but it’s working for now.
unintelligible
His cheeks are completely stuffed with marshmallows, but that doesn’t stop Cesar from shoving another one in his mouth. Jamal says something unintelligible, then starts laughing.
logistics
There’s no time to be sad if I focus on logistics.
morbid
“What’s the point of having a dream job when tomorrow’s never guaranteed?” Cesar asks, and it surprises me a bit. It’s kind of a morbid thought for Cesar.
backfire
“You told him?” I glare at Cesar.
“There’s no secrets here.” Cesar gives Jamal these annoying big googly eyes. “He’s my other me.” Who knew “in lak’ech” would backfire on me?

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