Carolyn is a girl with strong opinions. On being a girl: `stupid.” Wearing dresses: `only when forced, and then with shorts underneath.” Summer nights: `make you feel invincible.” Girls with MaryJanes: `no use at all.” The boy next door: `I do not have a crush on him!” The top bunk: `for really great dreams.” Stuck with two brothers, Carolyn has learned a thing or two about how to survive. She keeps her hair too short and wears boys' clothes whenever possible. But when her new sister is born, things change. She thought she knew how she felt about everything. But the summer before the sixth grade, though everything seemed the same, it all felt different. In this wonderfully funny first novel, Wendelin Van Draanen perfectly captures the emotional earthquakes of growing up and growing into oneself.