Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life

Middle School, the Worst Years of My Life

Book - 2011 | 1st U.S. ed
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When Rafe Khatchadorian enters middle school, he teams up with his best friend, "Leo the Silent," to create a game to make school more fun by trying to break every rule in the school's code of conduct.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780316101875
0316101877
9780316199148
0316199141
9780316226158
0316226157
9780316101691
0316101699
9781480643710
1480643718
9780099543992
0099543990
9780316322027
0316322024
9781784755393
1784755397
Branch Call Number: j
Characteristics: 281 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Alternative Title: Worst years of my life

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blobmistro
Sep 24, 2017

This book is so much fun to read and i was very happy with it. I am so happy they made it into a movie!!! Hope lots of people read it and love it just as much as i did. the author is a genuis!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MBennett2002
Feb 17, 2017

I loved the book and movie.

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h21266014
Jan 31, 2017

OMG THE MOVIE IS SOOOOOOO GOOD!!!
I LOVED IT

DBRL_KrisA Nov 27, 2016

Surprisingly, this was not that bad. Not over-the-top hilarious, as some of the juvenile readers at my library have said, but not cringingly (is that a word?) bad like those of Patterson's other books for a younger audience that I have read. (I would read more of this series; I have absolutely zero interest in reading more of the "Witch and Wizard" or "Maximum Ride" series.) Patterson does have a tendency to rely a little too heavily on stereotypes - the "dragon-lady" teacher, the good-for-nothing stepdad, the bratty kid sister, the no-neck bully - but he threw in a few good curveballs as well. (The truth about Leo's identity - did not see that coming!)
Rafe is a brand-new 6th grader, and he's decided (with Leo's help) that he's going to break every rule in his middle school's rule book by the end of the school year. Not because he's a "bad kid"; just because school is boring, and things are bad at home. Scattered throughout the book are illustrations, cartoons really, seemingly drawn by Rafe's best friend, Leo. The cartoons, while not integral to the story, make it more enjoyable and, since they resemble the kind of artwork a lot of us drew in class ourselves, add a sense of middle-school authenticity to the story.
If - like in a lot of other books of this sort - the mission was to teach kids that it's good to be good, and that truancy never pays, I think Patterson fell short. While Rafe does suffer some consequences for his actions, in the end his situation is vastly improved. All in all, this was an enjoyable book, but nothing earth-shatteringly great.

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red_rat_85
Oct 30, 2016

I want to see the movie

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udon13
Sep 20, 2016

apparently there's a movie

FindingJane Mar 09, 2015

Anyone who’s ever made it to middle age may well smirk at the title, which emphasizes the naïvete and ignorance of youth. If dealing with bullying jerks and over-bearing principals are the worst things that ever happen to you, consider yourself lucky. But, for Rafe Khatchadorian, matters like taxes, car insurance payments and prostate trouble are far in his future. Now he has to deal with the aforementioned bully, inane rules and clueless adults who seem bent on making his life miserable. How he deals with them comes off as being rebellious and yet rather stupid, leading to a problem that he hadn’t considered in his willful one-boy revolt. Yet, in an unexpected turn of events, his foolishness also points to unusual depths of character and yields an unexpected way out of his self-imposed dilemma. This winds up as an amusing book, written in the authentic voice of a sixth-grade boy and a real surprise from an author known for adult hard-boiled detective novels. If you’re a James Patterson fan (or even if you’re not) and want to see how this man works in a wholly different kind of genre, then check out “Middle School”.

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peterpeters1
Feb 13, 2015

this book looks awesome

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machoman67
Sep 07, 2014

In the description you wrote for this book, his name is Rafe Khatchadorian, not Rafe Kane

black_hawk_403 Jul 06, 2014

It's basically a longer Diary of a Wimpy Kid with a deeper storyline.

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shaunguillet
Jun 21, 2016

it is about a boy who is trying to break all the rules

Navy_Crab_15_1 Jun 21, 2014

A boy trying to survive sixth grade by breaking one rule at a time.

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sudl
Jan 20, 2013

Rafe has just entered middle school...UH OH he's a trouble maker.....then he meets Jeanie Galleta

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