James, a library volunteer from Kent, wrote this review of James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts' 'Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life'. Appropriately enough (James is his library's digital champion), the book has its very own, very snazzy website, full of Rafe's Rants: middleschoolbook.com
Review of Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life (by James Patterson - with help from Chris Tebbetts) is a book about a boy named Rafe Khatchadorian who lives with his mother, sister and step-father, 'Bear', who he detests. He is starting American Middle School (the equivalent to Year 7) and is an outsider and an obvious target for the school bully: 'Miller the Killer'. Rafe hatches a plan with his one friend Leo, called R.A.F.E (Rules Aren't For Everyone) to break all of the 100+ school rules in his first year. However the plan carries great risk with some disastrous consequences.
They say don't judge a book by its cover, but I must confess to thinking that 'Middle School' looked a bit childish after seeing the cover, however, you shouldn't be fooled, this is a book for all ages. Pre-teens (10-12) will just find this book hilarious, whereas slightly older teens (13-15) will look past the rule-breaking new-kid and see a slightly insecure boy that cares about his mum and sister and has suffered from the lack of a father figure in his early childhood. I cannot include any spoilers, but I can reveal that there is a big twist later on in the book and that the ending is very satisfying.
My Score: 8/10 or 4 stars.
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