Review and Trailer: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

The trailer for the film adaptation of James Patterson's Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life has been released! The film will be released in October. Check out the trailer, and if you haven't yet read the book and need some convincing, check out my review below!

Little, Brown and Company sent me a copy of a book called Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life, I flipped through it, read a little, and decided to take it home with me. It looked cute and funny enough to pass the evening with. I did not expect to enjoy this middle grade novel as much as I did, nor did I expect it to come from the man I later found to be its author, you guessed it - James Patterson.

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life is Rafe's story, he's an average kid with an average disdain for middle school. Plus he's got a friend who's kind of a bad influence, but you can't help but enjoy him. Rafe and Leo are the kinds of kids whose lives at home are sometimes difficult and they remain mostly obscure in school until they come up with a plan. The plan is to break every rule in the Hills Village Middle School Code of Conduct. Rafe and Leo make a game of breaking all the rules, assigning point values (the more dangerous the rule breaking the higher the points) and lives (only three, which can be lost by neglecting an opportunity to break a rule or not acting swiftly enough). Rafe immediately endears himself to the reader by making a rule of his own: no one is to be hurt by consequence of his rule breaking.

This is a great story with a lot of sweetness, heart, and humor. I would definitely recommend it to reluctant middle grade readers, especially those who like the Wimpy Kid books as it shares with that series the journal-like first person narration with plenty of humor and illustrations. Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life is a good story with a great character. Rafe is a perfect blend of fragile kindness and young rebellion.

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ISBN: 9780316101691
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Published: Jimmy Patterson - November 6th, 2012

It's Rafe Khatchadorian's first day at Hills Village Middle School, and it's shaping up to be the worst year ever. He has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix, but luckily he's got an ace plan for the best year ever--if only he can pull it off.