Middle School Book Review: Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

April 18, 2017

Struggling to find that perfect book that your child will actually read AND enjoy? The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts, illustrations by Laura Park, is the perfect book. With bestselling author James Patterson at the helm, this funny, uplifting and meaningful story is sure to be a hit with your own middle school student. 

Lets face it -  no one would want to go back to middle school. It can be a tough, awkward time figuring out how to fit in with the right groups, while also keeping up those grades. This book follows the struggles of Rafe Khatchadorian, an incoming sixth-grader at the school he sarcastically refers to as 'Hills Village Prison for Middle Schoolers'. Rafe struggles to find his place in middle school, while also dealing with a difficult home life. In an attempt to escape from that middle school grind,, Rafe creates a game with the goal being to break EVERY rule in his school's code of conduct. Along with his friend Leonardo the Silent (who scores him points for every rule broken),  this game gets him into all sorts of trouble At the end of this adventure, Rafe learns to face not only the consequences of his actions, but the world around him. 


This book will keep your child engrossed  as Rafe attempts to navigate his first year of middle school. Addressing a plethora of issues your middle schooler may have to face or come to terms with, Rafe's story has universal appeal, filled with wonderful illustrations that help bring the story to life. The first of a nine part series, it's a book that your child can fall in love with as Rafe's progresses through all of the ups and downs that middle school has to offer.


Next time you're in your local bookstore, pick up a copy of The Worst Years of My Life for a read that your middle schooler will be sure to enjoy.

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