Judging by all the reviews you guys send in for the I Funny books, you’re already fans of author James Patterson. But did you know he also writes a Middle School book series?
Unlike Jamie in I Funny, the main character in this series doesn’t have any particular career plans — he’s just trying to get through the school year.
Unfortunately, life is tough for Rafe: He has no friends, his stepfather-to-be is a jerk, the school bully is targeting him, and he has a crush on a smart, popular girl who does NOT feel the same way about him. So what’s a guy to do?
Well, Rafe comes up with a plan that I would not recommend whatsoever — but it does bring some adventure. Rafe decides he’s going to break as many school rules as possible, hopefully all of them before the year is through.
As you can imagine, this leads to some crazy antics that Rafe and his classmates really enjoy. On the other hand, it causes problems at home and upsets Rafe’s mom — and Rafe hates upsetting his mom. Plus it turns out that girl Rafe likes is NOT into the bad boy thing. So what’s a guy to do?
I’m obviously not telling you! If you want to know, read the book. And if you like the book, then there’s a whole series about Rafe’s life that you can check out.
I recommend this book to fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Big Nate because the topic of school survival is similar and because this book also has funny drawings interspersed with the story.
But this book also has a serious side that reminds me more of Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze. Yes, there are hilarious illustrations. But there are also reality checks based on Rafe’s choices, and you discover more about Rafe and his motivations over time — even at the end of the book!
Have you read any of James Patterson’s Middle School books? Leave a comment with your thoughts or send in a full review!
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