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The Encyclopedia of Me Hardcover – September 1, 2012
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About me: I'm a middle school/high school librarian
How I got this book: purchased for the library
The story revolves around Tinker, a 13 year old girl who decided to start writing an encyclopedia because she got grounded over something oh so hilair (yup, this word is part of the encyclopedia) but her parents thought otherwise. Her everyday life is integrated in the encyclopedia through the alphabetical letters. We've got the Blue haired boy, Hairless cat (which won't stop scratching her!), Skateboarding (her new hobby), and more. The footnotes are also amaz (Yup, another word from her pops lingo). I honestly was cracking up because Karen Rivers knew how to portray a witty, smart, 13 year old. One with spunk, creativity, and everyday life problems a 13 year old would face. Adding in some angst with the so ever annoying best friend, a blue haired crush, and a bit of trouble and you've got yourself Tinker's Encyclopedia!
Karen Rivers has written a cute, hilarious (how many times have I said that?) contemporary novel that appeals to all teenagers. Since this is a middle grade novel, and I am no middle grader, my rating is perspective. I honestly think middle graders would switch to this encyclopedia and ditch the other boring ones as soon as they get their hands on this book!
Tink Aaron-Martin has decided to write a book called The Encyclopedia of Me. True to its title, the book includes detailed entries about all sorts of things, arranged in alphabetical order. As Tink leads us through her life from A to Z, we get to know her brothers (see Aaron-Martin, Sasha Alexei (Lex) and Aaron-Martin, Sebastian (Seb)), her father, her mother, her best friend (see Anderson, Freddie Blue), her worst enemies, and her new neighbor (see Boy, Blue-Haired, Who Just Moved in Next Door).
This is a great coming-of-age story. Tink makes it through a realistic mix of serious and not-so-serious dilemmas, ranging from wiping out while skateboarding to having your first crush to surviving an embarrassing birthday party. She also has to deal with older brothers: one of them is stinky, the other autistic. Tink is often called the Peacemaker in her typically chaotic household. Though her family often frustrates her, she does love them. As she comes to realize things about her best friend, her family, and her future, she takes the time to appreciate what she has and who she is, and she's not afraid to stand up for the people she cares about, or for herself.
Tink tells it like it is. Though she sometimes holds her tongue when her best friend does something she thinks is phony or out-of-character, she's always honest with herself, and honest in her narrative. She's a very reliable narrator.Read more ›
[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
When I picked this up, I thought it was going to be a short, cute young adult novel. Instead, it’s a middle grade novel, and that changed a lot of things.
I will say that I love the premise of the book. Telling a story by the alphabet, like in an encyclopedia, is a great idea. And the cover is adorable, so that helps. The set-up, and even some of the book, was rather cute. Very light hearted. And there was some development, which I liked. I really liked Tink’s family, and their progress.
But the characters were much more immature than I thought they would be. Although, if I was younger, I definitely would have liked that a lot more. But I’m over the whole, making new words, talking in text speak, having crushes on boys and liking the popular girls and then moving on from one thing to another in days. None of that really works for me anymore. I didn’t really relate to the character, either, probably because she isn’t quite like I was when I was that age. Although, I still think I would have liked it more had I read this while in middle school. Particularly the writing, which is immature, with all capped words and exclamation points and text speak and made up words. I just don’t care for that too much anymore.
I did find some of this book cute--I did like how Tink matured by the end, and I did like her family, and even some of her thoughts on things, especially the view on autism. It was a bit cute, and very fast. But overall it just isn’t really my type of book.
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this book had a lot of feeling and i recommend it to GIRLS hope you like this book when you read it because it was OKAY for mePublished 7 months ago by Keltoum Rhali
Review written by my 11 year old daughter:
It was hilarious with new vocabulary to learn. I really enjoyed it.
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