Paper Flowers by Selena Brooks
She’s been a nine, every day since the start of her senior year. That’s how it works at Aquino High. The guys rank the girls—that’s how it’s always been. Every Friday afternoon, the boys in the senior class sit down and “call dibs”, one girl per guy. Then the girls get anonymous numbers on their locker to identify how interested the guy is in that girl. The administration doesn’t care, most of the girls don’t care, and the boys think the system is flawless—after all, fights over girls have virtually gone extinct. But maybe she doesn’t want to just be a ranking anymore. Maybe she’s done with walking up to her locker every Monday morning to see a piece of paper with her number stuck to it. And maybe she wants the guy who’s been ranking her a nine every Monday for the whole year to finally stop hiding.