From North of Beautiful by Justine Chen Headley.
This is a YA novel. I wondered as I read it if the wondrous words I found there would also be words that the YA age group would know or wonder about. I don't have my finger on the pulse of 15-19 year olds. So I would welcome the input from anyone. here are a few of the words I found.
stigmata: a stigmata plural : bodily marks or pains resembling the wounds of the crucified Jesus and sometimes accompanying religious ecstasy
" How they'd comment offhandedly that sometime their birthmarks bled spontaneously, stigmata without any hope of redemption."
chagrin: noun - distress of mind caused by humiliation, disappointment, or failure
intransitive verb - to vex or unsettle by disappointing or humiliating
"His chagrin turned into a full smile"
cartouche: noun-a scroll-like ornament or tablet, esp. as an architectural feature
on Egyptian monuments, an oval or oblong figure containing the hieroglyphs of the name of a ruler or deity
"I had yet to sign a single piece of my work, had never thought myself worthy of a cartouche, never claiming my creations."
inured: transitive verb - to accustom to accept something undesirable
"It was as she had become so accustomed to disappointment , so inured to people reneging on their promise, that she expected setbacks, heartbreak."
froment: to cause or try to cause the growth or development of (something bad or harmful)
" His lips thinned, reminiscent of Dad and his quiet fromenting rages.