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The Encyclopedia of Me

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  890 ratings  ·  139 reviews
A is for "Tink Aaron-Martin," "Aardvark," and "Amazing" in this wonderful alphabetical novel!

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" (a kind of lava--okay, she cribbed that from the real encyclopedia) to "Zoo" (she's never been
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Elizabeth Drake

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Cover Impressions: The cover is cute and would definitely appeal to a teen audience. The imagery charmingly hints at a kiss and the colors are eye-catching.

The Gist: Tink Aaron-Martin is not your average teenager. After being grounded (again) she forgoes the moping and whining typical of her age and instead escapes with her laptop up her favorite tree and proceeds to write an encyclopedia of her life.

Review: This novel has a very uni
Jordan Cotton
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book by Karen Rivers, "The Encyclopedia of Me" is a humorous and cute. The main character Aaron-Martin Tink or just known as Tink has a blue haired boy (Kai) moves in next door to her and she is absolutely mesmerized by him but so is her best friend. Tink is also going through family problems along with her boy drama with her best friend, Freddie Blue. I gave this book a five star rating because this book is very relateable and is full of problems a modern teenage girl might go through. Not ...more
Eighth grader Tink Aaron-Martin [She also goes by Is and Isadora] spends most of the summer grounded for various reasons, most of them involving her BFF Freddie Blue. To fill her time, she begins writing an encyclopedia centered around her life but also containing interesting sidenotes about bears, eels, fish, whatever strikes her fancy. The entries trace the strong tie between Tink and her friend as it starts to unravel, and Freddie Blue morphs into someone else. Readers will enjoy Tink's voice ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't read a lot of middle grade books, but I grabbed an ARC of this at ALA because it sounded cute. After skimming the first page, I decided to give it a try and ended up not being able to put it down! The main character, Tink, is so real and the thoughts she has throughout the "encyclopedia" are exactly like ones I'd had as a 12-going-on-13-year-old. Especially the back and forth and friends but not friends situations she has with her BFF. So much of that could have been me at that age. I'm ...more
Rachel Duncan
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I decided to read this book despite the horrid cover and I'm awfully glad I did. If there was ever a brutally honest portrayal of what being middle school aged is like, this book is it. It's funny and sad and interesting all at the same time. Definitely a reminder of why I still love middle grade fiction.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I swear, this book's character was designed after me. I'm only sort of kidding. Our protagonist is biracial (like me). She has an Afro-tastic mane of hair that she can't control, like me. She's short and nerdy, exactly like me. She likes big books and jelly beans, exactly like me. She has two brothers, and her mom is white and her dad is African-American and likes reggae music, exactly like me.
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I really liked this book because I could connect to the main character because I know how much drama can happen in Grade 6. I can't normally connect to main characters, so it was different for me. I also liked how she wrote it like an encyclopedia, that really stood out for me.
Katie Fitzgerald
The encyclopedia of Isadora “Tink” Aaron-Martin’s life is an alphabetical listing of all the things that matter to her, both good and bad. Included in this tome are things like her brother Seb’s autism, her best friend Freddie Blue Anderson, skateboarding, Everybody magazine, her afro, her crush list (which may or may not include Kai, the new blue-haired boy next door), and lots of footnotes explaining Tink’s personality, family, friendships, and emotions. Much like a diary, this encyclopedia re ...more
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
An encyclopedia is a collection of facts. A novel is a story. The whole idea behind Karen Rivers’ The Encyclopedia of Me is to write a novel in the style of an encyclopedia. But a story is more than just a collection of facts. So, naturally, it is quite challenging to constrict a story to the structure of an encyclopedia. Rivers makes a good attempt, but she does not quite succeed.

As I was reading, I found myself dividing the various encyclopedia entries into two categories: boring statements of
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Tink Aaron-Martin has been best friends with Freddie Blue Anderson forever, getting into trouble more times that she can count. Now that she has been grounded, yet again, Tink decides that she's going to write her own encyclopedia. As she writes, her friendship seems to be falling apart because Freddie wants to be popular more than she wants to be BFFs. Also they both like Kai, the new boy next door to the Aaron-Martins, Tink begins to skateboard with Ruthie (an unpopular girl Freddie can't stan ...more
Ellie Lawrence
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an adorable YA contemporary novel. I absolutely love the fun and unique way it is written out. This story tells about a girl, named Tink Aaron-Martin, who's grounded--again. So instead of moping around she decides to write an encyclopedia about her life when a cute boy moves in next store and her life changes for the better. She finds out who her true friends are and who she wants to become as an individual. While there is romance in the air, it is the main plot (just a big part of it). The ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

The Encyclopedia of Me takes you on a journey through Tinker’s everyday life in an encyclopedia format. To be honest, I was wary of this type of format, since I am not the biggest fan of verse novels and I was afraid the plot wouldn’t flow and the story would be distorted. However The Encyclopedia of Me was full of laughter, useful information (its an encyclopedia!) and a cute 13-year old female protagonist that has the funniest thoughts, ideas, and interesting tales. My only problem
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Tink Aaron Martin is a thirteen year old girl who has been grounded. Instead of throwing a tantrum and texting her friends about how unfair it is, she writes. And not only does she write, but she writes an encyclopedia. I am in awe of her just by how she made an encyclopedia interesting.

Her best friend is kind of a jerk, the boy she thinks she likes is sending her mixed signals, and the one girl who might be a true friend doesn't like Tink's current friend, and the feeling is m
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
So very fun. Young girls are going to get a HUGE kick out of Tink, or Is, or Isadora.. whatever it is she ends up wanting to be called.

Isadora is an 8th grade girl, who is very vibrant, witty and engaging. I loved her personality, she is someone most girls will identify with. She lives with her parents and 2 brothers. One of has autism which leaves the family stressed and a bit broken. But they all lean on each other, and Tink will have you laughing out loud.

Karen Rivers has a wonderful talent,
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-teens
I received a copy of this ARC at ALA - the book is coming out Sept2012. I would give it three stars personally -- but 4 stars if I were 11-13 years old. I though the encyclopedic format would disrupt the pace of plot, but it actually worked quite well after the first couple of letters. The main character was fantastic and I though the author did a great job portraying the ups and downs of a dysfunctional family, complete believably real parents, faults and all. I also loved that the main charact ...more
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youth-fiction
Aspiring writer Isadora "Tink" Aaron-Martin chronicles a formative summer (including a first kiss, friendship drama, and life with an autistic older brother) in linked encyclopedia entries.

As a reader, I loved Tink for lots of reasons: she has spunk to spare, she has a wicked sense of humor, and she's a girl who skateboards. But what I loved most as a librarian is that Tink is biracial, but this isn't a book about being biracial; and Tink has an autistic brother, but this isn't a book about auti
Wendi Lee
This is one of those weird books full of characters leading interesting lives and doing interesting things ... but the protagonist isn't one of them. Tink is bored and (often) grounded, and wants desperately to find a boyfriend before her best friend, FB. She also wants to stand out as something other than her family's peacekeeper. Her family is filled with interesting characters - older twin brothers, one of whom is autistic, parents who disagree about how to deal with said son's autism, a new ...more
Was a cute story! Pros and cons listed below.


1. Freddie Blue. Tinks "BFF". I HATED FB (as Tink called her). She was horrid! Mainly I disliked the fact that when she changed, it took Tink forever to catch on. Tink was all to happy to be friends with FB no matter how bratty she was. Tink just didn't understand that she had changed for the worst, and she clung to the hope of "Best Friends Forever." BFF's is not possible. A normal person would have caught on quicker and told FB off. Honestly, t
Nov 28, 2012 added it
Shelves: j-fic, tween
Interesting format ... carried off well in light of the fact that encyclopedias are usually not gripping reading.

Good humor and interesting POV.

Some real life issues involved - autism, family dealing with a family member needing extra care, friendship, boyfriends, kissing, parental strife, hobbies, etc. From a psychological point of view ... not advocating preachy or heavy but ... getting a boyfriend and lots of kissing is what one is rooting for/the goal, and without being moralistic I would
Engaging coming of age story, written as an Encyclopedia. I did not want to put it down until I got to Z. I found the living with autism, bff relationship changing, and budding love story read true to life. I loved her awkwardness--especially with Kai. Her and her bff's shortened language just made me chuckle--that is how it goes.

I also appreciated the scene where the made a bad choice and were caught. Clearly they did not think it through--what a typical trademark for that age!

This would make
Brain Annex
Aug 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Tink is growing up, stuck when we meet her in that horrible place between a young girl and a young woman. We see her transition gradually, step by step, which is often how that transition happens. The beginning feels younger than the end, which is the way it should be. There's a family that is imperfect (including parents who disagree on how to raise Tink's brother who is on the spectrum [and that's rarely portrayed]) and a cute boy next door. A great, clean recommendation for those younger kids ...more
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
At the end of the summer before 8th grade, Tink Aaron-Martin begins writing an encyclopedia about herself. A cute boys moves in next door, her older brother’s autism escalates family issues, her BFF has a new friend (Tink’s WEE - worst enemy ever) and school is about to start. Tink can’t even enjoy the last weeks of summer because she seems to be constantly grounded! Told in the style of encyclopedia entries and footnotes, this book made me laugh and cry. A good, clean read with a bit of teen ro ...more
Gabrielle S
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012, e-books, netgalley
This was a cute middle grade book. Tink is a very likable narrator and I was very glad that her parents didn't actually name her Tink. She makes interesting choices that are not always for the best but that is how a lot of girls her age are. Her brother's autism was well-dealt with and the encyclopedia format worked out very well.
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Isadora "Tink" Aaron-Martin writes an encyclopedia of her life prepares to start eighth grade and has to deal with a BFF who seems to be ditching her, her family including a brother with autism, and a new boy next door that she may or may not really like.
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Utterly charming and occasionally hilarious (didn't even mind the multitude of footnote, of which, I'm usually NOT a fan). In other words, just what the doc ordered as winter looms...
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is a a great, original, funny story about a girl named Tink Aaron-Martin who has a best friend named Freddie Blue Anderson a boy with blue hair that moves in next door. Freddie and Tink go on some adventures together and Tink is actually kind of in love with Kai the blue haired boy. I rea;lyed liked how this book was written. its in the perspective of Tink, the main character.Basically the book you're reading is an encyclopedia she wrote about herself. The book is catagorized into an A ...more
Lilly Bolles
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up
It's a cute, well-written book with a clever premise. Unfortunately Karin Rivers has an extremely keen ear for pree-teen speech patterns and angst. Which forced me to remember just what I dislike most about pre-adolescent girls.
Oh, well.
Elly McKenney
Oct 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
In the first time in history of 13 and 1/6 years of my life, I couldn’t go to bed because I couldn’t stop reading, and that was because of this book. Yes, first time. I am NOT a reader, but this book kept me going. Good job on this one! I’ll try to look for more of your books!
Hailey Elise
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
I couldn't grasp the idea of this story at first but as I read further into it, I began to really enjoy the story line and unique way of the writing.
Great book.
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