Tink Aaron-Martin has been grounded AGAIN after an adventure with her best friend Freddie Blue Anderson. To make the time pass, she decides to write an encyclopedia of her life from "Aa" (she assumes all aardvarks are suicidal because what are they living for?) to "Zoo" (she's never been to one, but her brothers belong there).
Also, this project was inspired by her dad, who intended to read entire sets of encyclopedias, and says he got to ‘C’, but really, he did not get past ‘A.’ There’s proof in the blank stare and the quick change of conversation when questions about words beginning with the letter ‘B’ come up.
Anyhow, as the story (and alphabet) unfolds, so does the story of Tink’s summer:
- Adventures with Freddie Blue
- More groundings
- Being featured in a magazine
- Having an older brother with autism
- A skateboarder, named Kai
- The swoon-worthiness of Kai
What she didn’t really count on is being okay. It’s hard for a girl at 13 to feel okay when her parents argue about, Seb, her brother. He is the sun in their solar system, and Tink is a far out planet, like Neptune.
It’s also hard to feel okay when you have twenty-six life goals (26!), and number two on that list is:
“Don’t be weird, dorky, or geeky. At least when anyone is looking. BE NORMAL!”
It is hard, and Tink wonders if it’s because she has a hyphenated last name. Do people with hyphenated names have more issues? Tink may be an overthinker, but working through her own personal encyclopedia helps to define who she is, what she likes, and what she won’t stand for.
Maybe we all need to write our own “The Encyclopedia of Me?”