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Head Over Heels
an SAT/ACT vocabulary novel

January 26: Day of Absolution

Today I got an e-mail from Luke.

Dear Francesca,
I believe I have complied with my end of our arbitration (in spades), without so much as a thank you from you. But so be it. I will assume that I’m absolved of all guilt. Let’s fast forward to the matter of our hang-out session. Perhaps it would work better for you if I exhumed some tangible motive for us to hang out. Which segues nicely into the following question: Did you ever get around to taking a practice exam? Because one of the things I’d been meaning to tell you was, the SAT is less about how much vocabulary (or math) you know. It’s a game, and you have to play the right way.
  See, America thinks it’s meritocratic—that people gain access to schools and cultural capital because of intelligence and hard work. But the truth is, rich kids from big cities and the suburbs are taking courses for $800 that prepare them for the SAT, while penurious kids from the South Bronx don’t have that option. But I digress. The point is, since you have the option of getting an advantage for free, you may as well take it. I can show you things that will improve your score. That provides, in my opinion, sufficient motive for you to rationalize hanging out with me. Do you agree?
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