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Head Over Heels by Ryan Nerz

Head Over Heels by Ryan Nerz

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Published by: Nguyen Vu on Oct 31, 2012
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Head Over Heels by Ryan Nerz
HEAD OVER HEELS 
BY
 RYAN NERZ 
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Head Over Heels by Ryan Nerz
 September 3: Uncle Sam’s Birthday
So, the first day of school is a good time to start a new diary, right? At least, I thought so last night when I bought this book—back when I actuallythought things would be different this year. I was convinced that after myrecent leap up the high school 
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hierarchy
to Junior with Popular Boyfrien status, not to mention my summer-long fitness/tanning campaign, I would nolonger be Invisible Girl. And somehow I guess I thought that me being different would make everything else different, too.Okay, yeah, so that was a little
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naive
. After one day back at Columbus High, I can say that nothing’s changed much at all. The
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 preps
stick with the preps, the hoods with the hoods. Doe-eyed freshmen
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rove
around in packs,holding their books with both hands to avoid having them dumped.
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 Haughty
 seniors pretend they’re having more fun than the rest of us. In classes,teachers make us say our names out loud and something about ourselves.The
snippets
of hallway conversation overheard are as
banal 
as ever  —“Yo, I’m bagging fifth period,” or “Did you see what Sara/Macy/Gina/whoever is actually wearing today?”Only one thing’s different—Luke Barton. The new kid. He’s fromCalifornia. I got press clippings about him all day. In homeroom, JennyCassell, a tireless socialite who has sat 
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adjacent 
to me in homeroom since seventh grade, drew an audience with her description: “He’s 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.
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hierarchy
· chain of command
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naive
· inexperienced
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preps
. popular people; one who hangs out with the "popular" crowd
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rove
. move about aimlessly or without any destination
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haughty
· proud
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snippets
. a small piece of anything
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banal
· bland
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adjacent
· next to
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Head Over Heels by Ryan Nerz
 And he’s all 
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aloof 
 , like he’s in on some secret you’re not.” By far the most 
ebullient 
description I heard was from my best friend. Nikki’s first words to me were straight out of Star Wars: “Luke will bemine.” She had already turned him into a savior. “See Fran, this is exactlywhat I was talking about! Remember when I said I needed a change? Well it’s arrived. He’s here. Luke Barton’s the thing that’s been missing for me inthis town. He’s going to be a
catalyst 
 for change in my life—I can already see it.” Nikki moved here from Carmel, an
affluent 
 
enclave
north of  Indianapolis. This happened like five years ago, but Big City Nikki still 
scapegoats
Columbus for some of her personal problems, mos
 particularly
her lack of a steady guy. I hadn’t even seen the dude yet, but already I was tempted to
abhor 
this whole Luke
 phenomenon
. I was thinking how annoying it was that  some stranger could penetrate the collective imagination of Columbus Highmore in one day than I had in the previous two years. And then, eight minutes into my last period class, AP English, in
struts
this tall, good-looking guy in paint-
splattered 
jeans, a tight 
hipster 
T, and a shocking mass of curly reddish hair. Had to be him. More
intriguing 
than hot, I 
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aloof 
· standoffish
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ebullient
· high-spirited
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catalyst
· something that brings about a change
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affluent
· wealthy
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enclave
· closed society
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scapegoats
. people who are punished for the errors of others
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particularly
· specifically
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abhor
· hate or detest
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phenomenon
· fact or event
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struts
. a proud stiff pompous gait
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splattered
. covered with bright patches (often used in combination)
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hipster
. someone who rejects the established culture; advocates extreme liberalism in politics and lifestyle
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intriguing
· interesting
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