Chapters 1–10

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean writes letters to the boys for whom she has romantic feelings — letters she never intends to send. When someone starts secretly mailing the letters out, Lara Jean and one of the recipients, Peter, decide to team up and fake a relationship to make their current crushes jealous.

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  1. exorcism
    freeing from evil spirits
    If love is like a possession, maybe my letters are like my exorcisms. My letters set me free. Or at least they’re supposed to.
  2. inevitably
    in such a manner as could not be otherwise
    Inevitably there won’t be crunchy peanut butter and Josh will say too bad, pick something else.
  3. hostel
    a hotel providing overnight lodging for travelers
    Would Margot meet me at the airport, or would I have to find my own way to the hostel?
  4. grandeur
    elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals
    He nudges Margot. “Your sister suffers from delusions of grandeur.”
  5. discreet
    marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint
    Over Kitty’s head Josh mouths to me, We’ll talk later, and I give him a discreet thumbs-up.
  6. whim
    a sudden desire
    Margot’s not the kind of girl to break up and get back together on a whim; once she’s decided something, that’s it.
  7. waffle
    pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness
    There’s no waffling, no regrets.
  8. lucid
    capable of thinking in a clear and consistent manner
    She hit her head on the floor, and she was unconscious, but then she woke up and she was fine. That was her lucid interval.
  9. reprove
    reprimand, scold, or express dissatisfaction with
    I give her a reproving look, and she ignores me.
  10. truancy
    failure to attend, especially school
    One time she had to go before the court for truancy. I never knew what truancy was before I met Chris. FYI, it’s when you skip so much school you’re in trouble with the law.
  11. stationery
    paper cut to an appropriate size for writing letters
    In sixth grade Chris liked stationery and sleepovers and staying up all night watching John Hughes movies, just like me.
  12. gnocchi
    small Italian dumplings made of potato or flour
    Chris and I are sharing a bowl of leftover gnocchi in the living room when Margot comes home from dropping Kitty off at her swim team’s end-of-season barbecue.
  13. fester
    ripen and generate pus
    She says sometimes you have to scream out emotions; if you don’t, they’ll fester.
  14. crow
    express pleasure verbally
    “See?” she crows.
  15. wistfully
    in a pensively sad manner
    Wistfully, she says, “I wish I’d been in love more than once. I think you should fall in love at least twice in high school.”
  16. internship
    the position of working for an expert to learn a profession
    We’d hung out nearly every day that August, sometimes with Margot but mostly just by ourselves, because Margot had her internship at the Montpelier plantation three days a week.
  17. retrospect
    contemplation of things past
    In retrospect, it wasn’t so surprising that Josh would like Margot, since he’s that kind of guy too.
  18. flighty
    guided by whim and fancy
    I was the flighty one, the flibbertigibbet, as my white grandma would say.
  19. flibbertigibbet
    a foolish, flighty, and overly talkative person
    I was the flighty one, the flibbertigibbet, as my white grandma would say.
  20. ruefully
    in a manner expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
    “Yes. He waited for me after school today so he could tell me. He said—” Margot grinned ruefully. “He said I’m his dream girl. Can you believe that?”
  21. sartorial
    of or relating to tailoring or clothing
    I’m proud she’s asking for my sartorial advice, and it would be good to get out of the house and not be sad anymore, but I’m nervous about driving to the mall alone.
  22. skittish
    unpredictably excitable, especially of horses
    I (or anyone, really) would consider myself a skittish driver.
  23. intuitive
    obtained through instinctive knowledge
    It should come to me intuitively, easy, where I don’t even have to think about it.
  24. feign
    give a false appearance of
    I do this to feign confidence, because the more I fake it, the more it’s supposed to feel true.
  25. furrow
    a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface
    I shake my head; my throat is closing up. I just don’t want to cry. As long as I don’t cry...He seems to sense this. The irritated furrow of his brow is loosening.
  26. furtively
    in a secretive manner
    “No, his car was fine.” Furtively, I wipe my cheeks with my arm. “It was my fault.”
  27. afterthought
    an addition that was not included in the original plan
    He’s getting into his car when, as an afterthought, he turns around and asks, “Want me to call Triple A for you?”
  28. dashing
    marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners
    He could be a dashing World War I soldier, handsome enough for a girl to wait years for him to come back from war, so handsome she could wait forever.
  29. conditional
    qualified by reservations
    “Just say yes or no and mean it. Don’t make it conditional.”
  30. mull
    reflect deeply on a subject
    I’m mulling over the right word choice in my head when Josh says, “So just because Margot and I broke up, you’re not going to talk to me anymore either?”
  31. spiel
    artful or slick talk used to persuade
    I go through my whole good news–bad news spiel and he just sighs and says, “As long as you’re all right.”
  32. tantalizing
    arousing desire or expectation for something unattainable
    “Lara Jean got into...” Kitty pauses tantalizingly. “A fight with Daddy. Yeah, she was mean to me and Daddy told her to be nice, so they had a fight.”
  33. playbill
    a printed program for a theatrical performance
    I’ve got Motown girl-group music playing, and my supplies are laid out all around me in a semicircle. My heart hole punch, pages and pages of scrapbook paper, pictures I’ve cut out of magazines, glue gun, my tape dispenser with all my different colored washi tapes. Souvenirs like the playbill from when we saw Wicked in New York, receipts, pictures.
  34. corsage
    an arrangement of flowers that is usually given as a present
    I’m carefully gluing a dried rose petal from Margot’s corsage when my dad raps on the door.
  35. subtly
    in a manner difficult to detect or grasp
    “This is a sunsuit,” I tell him, going back to my book. I try to subtly hide the cover with my hand.
Created on April 9, 2019 (updated April 9, 2019)

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