- Series: Middle school (Book 1)
- Paperback: 325 pages
- Publisher: Hachette (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316133485
- ISBN-13: 978-0316133487
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2,775 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,497,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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middle school - the worst years of my life Paperback – 2011
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Things aren't much better at home, with a bratty younger sister, a mom who works all the time, and a soon-to-be stepfather who sits around the house hogging the TV and is as much of a bully as Miller the Killer. At least Rafe has his best friend, Leo, who doesn't say much but has a great imagination. In fact, Leo is the one who gave him the best idea ever. To spice things up, Rafe creates a game with the goal of breaking every rule in the middle school's code of conduct handbook. He assigns points to each rule, with bonus points available for creativity, getting laughs and being witnessed by the cutest girl in the class, Jeanne Galletta.
Life definitely gets more exciting, but Rafe also starts spending a lot more time in detention, and his mom is very disappointed in him. Then the trouble and heartache start mounding up so heavily on Rafe's shoulders where even his best friend can't help much. When the police get called in, Rafe finally crumbles. Then he gets some help from a very unexpected someone, and life promises to continue being interesting, but in a different, more positive way.
James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts team up for this amazing adventure about one boy's attempt at surviving middle school. The first thing that stands out is how absolutely hilarious the book is.Read more ›
The book glorifies breaking rules with the intent to be humorous and entertaining, of which it is seldom either. The boy ends up flunking 6th grade and is expelled, but seems ok with that, as he will probably transfer to an "art school" where he will presumably flourish. However, there is no reason to believe that he has learned any lessons, or that he will now be motivated to follow the rules.
All in all, this seems to be a quickly written book. The moral of the story seems to be, you can have a lot of fun breaking rules - and everything will turn out ok in the long run - and, if you're name is James Patterson, you can make a lot of money publishing just about anything.
Let me say I'm a young parent and I don't consider myself a prude by any means - I'm not overly protective of the material my child reads (I've seen parents give books bad ratings for using the word "suck" - come on now).
However, this book is THE ONLY book I've ever actually blushed while reading. The fact that Rafe calls his step father "Bear" because he's as mean as the animal was certainly disturbing to me at first. I was waiting for that "ah-ha!" moment when Rafe realizes Bear isn't such a bear after all, but that moment never comes. They depict the step father in this story as a jobless loser who is mean to his step children and sits on his behind all day watching TV while his saint of a wife (Rafe's mom) works double shifts at the local diner. And IF ONLY Bear would just get a job, poor mom wouldn't have to work so much. At one point in the book, Rafe's mom admits that she "doesn't always make the best decisions", referring to her relationship with Bear. Towards the end of the book, Rafe's mom and Bear get in an argument and he "accidentally pushes" her - he then leaves a message on their answering machine later that evening to let them know he's staying at a buddy's house and is thankfully Rafe's mom didn't press charges. WHAT?!
Beyond that - the premise of the book is that Rafe's imaginary friend Leo urges him to break all of the rules in this new middle school's Code of Conduct manual.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for one of my kids, four of them have now read it and all of them tell me they enjoyed it. They're asking for more. Must be good.Published 16 hours ago by Suzanne
I am 11 years old and i had to read this book for an assingment over the summer and i got done with this book in 2 days. Read morePublished 22 hours ago by Lakeia
SO COOL AND A REALLY GOOD BOOK TO READ. Thank you so much this book was funny to read I was done this book in 2 days.Published 3 days ago by Cherie hohn-gomez
This book is really funny and well put together. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. I am entering middle school and Rafe had a really tough time.Published 3 days ago by Brooklyn G.
This Book is cool, it has a "Twist" to the story, I'm not going to spoil it, but it can help some people get ready for middle school. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Janet
Bought this for my 12 year old niece and she started reading it as soon as I gave it to her and she loved itPublished 12 days ago by mb