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"The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School" by Sonora Reyes, Chapters 13–17

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
aesthetic
Even though I like the beadwork best as far as aesthetics go, the woven bracelets are my favorite to work on.
palette
The friendship bracelets all have different color palettes, from desert sunset to cotton candy to jungle flowers.
sacrament
We have a half day of classes to celebrate the sacrament of Confession. Once a year, almost the entire student body has to confess their sins to the priest.
leverage
Maybe I need to stop thinking of secrets as leverage.
fixation
God, I’m annoying myself with my fixation on Bo and Jamie.
spiel
For once I’m happy to hear the priest’s confession spiel, because it distracts me from my thoughts, even though I’m not particularly looking forward to telling all my secrets to some old guy I don’t know.
entity
Still, I’d prefer not to be damned to hell just because I skip out of formally telling my sins to a priest to pass it on to the all-knowing entity he worships.
absolve
If confession is supposed to absolve me, it’s not working.
gauge
I can feel Hunter’s eyes on me every now and then, like he’s trying to gauge my reaction.
penance
Penance is to say a bunch of Hail Marys.
discreet
He’s discreet enough to wait for the door to close before letting out a laugh.
scrounge
I’m desperately trying to scrounge up enough money to move out before she finds out and makes me.
coherent
“Why wouldn’t I be?” he asks, then shoves his toothbrush into his mouth and starts brushing. A smart move, so he won’t have to answer any questions coherently.
blatantly
It’s one thing for Bo to notice me looking, but David? Who else can see how blatantly gay I am?
adulate
THOU SHALT NOT ADULATE
 FALSE IDOLS
contract
My throat contracts.
perpetually
Canela was the only duck with a ball of fuzz perpetually stuck to her head, so she was our favorite.
stigma
...there’s a stigma around being closeted.
fickle
“I thought you guys broke up,” Cesar says coldly, and I have to resist rolling my eyes at him—he’s so fickle.
itinerary
“I’ve been saving up some money. I have enough to send the two of you over to your dad’s for the winter break!” She shows me a printed-out itinerary, tearing up.
bile
I swallow down bile.
blubber
I break down into a teary, blubbering mess, and she ditches Cesar to hug me instead.
petty
If he would just apologize, I’d forgive him in an instant. I know it’s petty to hold a grudge, but what am I supposed to do?
grudge
THOU SHALT NOT FOSTER 
PETTY GRUDGES
mortified
I would be mortified to let anyone hear me singing, let alone in the shower.
insinuate
I can’t tell if this is a generic “troubled teen” pep talk or if he’s trying to insinuate something.
mainstream
It’s almost a rite of passage for Mexican Americans to have seen it, but it’s probably not mainstream enough for Bo’s family to own.
tapioca
I start with the drink, since it’s a bit tamer than the meal, and chew on the cool tapioca balls while I build up my confidence to eat the soup.
lull
“Um, I know we’re not doing presents, but I made something for you guys,” I say as soon as there’s a lull in the conversation.
scrutinize
I avoid eye contact with any of them as they look over the portrait. Probably scrutinizing all the flaws and comparing it to Bo’s perfect artistry.
ideal
“Why not? You have the ideal situation here. You could go into her room and woo her right now.”
woo
Woo her? Seriously, what century are we in?”
inherently
Closing the gap to warm up our fingers is the logical thing to do. Holding hands isn’t even inherently gay.
flustered
I scoot back even though I don’t want to. Can’t ruin this conversation by feeling all flustered.
element
You seemed so in your element. You just, belonged, you know?

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