Boy crazy

Words: 601-700

Skills: Context Clues Figurative Language Theme

Grades: 6th 7th 8th

Topics: Realistic Fiction

Genres: Prose

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CCSS: Reading: Literature


Boy Crazy

by RV Staff Writer J.C.

Kayla and Taylor have known Lucas forever, but after he has a summer growth spurt, they develop a crush on him. But is it really the boy who’s changed? Students will read the passage and answer questions on the language and the theme.

Reading Comprehension Passage

Boy Crazy

by RV Staff Writer J.C.
“He’s sooo cute!” Kayla squealed to her best friend.

“I know,” agreed Taylor.

The girls giggled behind their adjacent locker doors in the crowded school hallway.
Lucas has just walked past them, and the girls thought he was the cutest boy in seventh grade. Maybe even the whole school.

It hadn’t always been that way. Lucas had been a goofy-looking kid when they were younger. He used to be short, wore glasses, and his hair was always a mess, as if he’d never run a brush through it in his life. He’d always been a nice kid, funny and friendly, not a jerk like some of the other boys. But when school started this year, the girls barely recognized him. He had grown much taller. He had developed some muscles and a tan from playing tennis and swimming all summer. He’d gotten a hair cut that made him look like a pop singer, and his new glasses make him look both smart and adorable.

They could hardly get over it. Now, if Lucas happened to look their way, Kayla and Taylor blushed. In class, if Lucas make a joke, the girls would practically fall out of their seats laughing at how funny he was. They would offer him a pencil, a piece of gum, or anything they could think of that would elicit a brief smile from him. Then they would spend the rest of the day talking about it.

Kayla’s mother overheard them talking after school. “You girls sound boy crazy,” she said. “If you paid as much attention to your homework as you do to this boy, you’d both be honor students.”

“But mom, homework is not as much fun!’ Kayla laughed.

“Yeah, Mrs. Clark, Lucas is totally sweet, and this –” Taylor indicated her math workbook – “is totally not.”

Mrs. Clark shook her head. “Is this the same Lucas who has been in your classes practically every year since kindergarten? You’ve never talked about him before.”

“He’s completely different now,” insisted Kayla. Taylor nodded.

“Is he, though?” Mrs. Clark asked. Her question fell on deaf ears as the girls continued to immerse themselves in school gossip.

At school, Taylor and Kayla waited for Lucas to enter the classroom. They spent the time watching Lucas instead of concentrating on the science lesson. When it was time to do the lab experiment, the friends were confused and tried to copy what others were doing. The teacher came over, critiquing their sloppy technique.

“You need to pay closer attention, girls.” The teacher grumbled and walked away.

“Can you help us, Lucas?” Taylor whispered to the boy, who was deep in concentration with his lab partner. He looked at the girls.

“You’re so good at science.” Kayla batted her eyelashes at him in what she hoped what a flirtatious look. “What do we do next, Lucas?”

Lucas sighed. He gave them a perfunctory answer and went back to his own work.

At the end of the class, Kayla ventured over to him. She had been disappointed he hasn’t smiled or flirted back.

“What’s up with you, Lucas?”

Lucas hesitated, then decided to answer. “Nothing’s up with me. What’s up with you? You guys used to be my friends, and now you’re acting all weird whenever we talk.” 

Kayla flipped her hair over her shoulder and smiled. “You’ve changed, Lucas. Everyone can see that.”

The boy frowned. “But I haven’t. So what if I got taller, and I’m better at remembering to brush my hair now? Well, most of the time, anyway,” he smiled ruefully. “I know I look a bit different, but I’m still me. I kind of wish I looked the same, so you guys would act normal like you used to.”

Kayla was astonished. How could anybody want to go back to being geeky when they could look like Lucas? Who wouldn’t want to be popular?

“I don’t get it,” she said.

“That’s the problem,” the handsome boy answered. “See you around, Kayla.”

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Reading Comprehension Questions

1. What does "boy crazy" mean?

2. What does perfunctory mean here: “He gave them a perfunctory answer”?

3.  Lucas says at the end, "That's the problem." What is the problem he is referring to?

4. Do you think it's fair for the girls to treat Lucas differently? Why or why not?