This is the first book I haven't finished in one month, but I am very close! I'm on pg. 394 out of 490. I got it at a book signing because the author is a fellow teacher AT MY SCHOOL! I'm a little bit star stuck by her now. Every time we pass in the hall I find it necessary to tell her which page I'm on....as if she's keeping tabs. I really do love the book though! Being that its somewhat of a teen romance novel, I would never normally pick it up, but in this case, I'm so glad I did. Its been a nice escape. Also, Liz uses lots of big words that I am going to look up when I've finished the book. I'll come back and use this post as my own personal glossary and we can learn together....
antiquated- old fashioned or outdated
miscreants- One who behaves badly; often by breaking rules
mylar (balloons)- foil balloons
festoon- a decorative chain or strip hanging between two points
impasse- a predicament affording no obvious escape
bastion- a stronghold; a fortified area or position
bachata- a genre of popular song and dance of the Dominican Republic performed with guitars and percussion
faction- a party spirit especially when marked by dissension
curmudgeon- a crusty, ill-tempered and usually old man
vestiges- a trace, mark, or visible sign left by something; the smallest quantity or trace
Finally, there was a part when the two main characters were going to prom together & when they saw each other for the first time, the boy says to the girl:
"My grandaddy'd say you look prettier than a speckled pup." I think I would melt if someone said that to me! It just tugs at my heartstrings in the best way.