Asa Marie Philips has already learned some valuable lessons about
middle school: Never wear a white shirt on pottery day. Don’t
wear too many layers when you have gym. Never wear the same
colored socks two days in a row even if they’re different pairs.
And whatever you do, never give the popular kids a reason to call you
OTWCW (Out of Touch With the Cool World).
This will be Asa’s last
year at middle school and she wants to make it memorable by leaving the
outer fringe of the popularity circle and heading for the center.
Asa believes the fastest way to get noticed is to join the popular
girls’ fad. First, she’ll have to convince Jennifer, the most
popular girl in school, to tell her what the latest fad is and that
won’t be easy. Then she’ll have to convince her two best friends
her scheme to join the “in” crowd won’t turn her into a snob.
Meanwhile Domino, the same guy from next door who used to drop beetles
down her back, is starting to look dreamy to Asa. Will he ever
Life at home isn’t running
too smoothly either. Even though her mom married Asa’s stepdad,
Eddie Clegg, over six years ago Asa still doesn’t know what to call
him. “Eddie” seems disrespectful, “Mr. Clegg” too formal.
Now that her stepdad has lost his second job and her mom is working
extra hours Asa and Eddie begin, for the first time, to tiptoe around a
father/daughter relationship. They discover they can work well
together, but that usually means keeping secrets from Mom. And
the biggest secret is hiding Eddie’s drinking problem which seems to be
The ever positive Asa is
sure there’s a solution to every problem, even Eddie’s. And she
won’t give up until she finds it.