Monday, June 27, 2011

Middle School: The Worst Years of my Life (ChuckBlog Platinum Award)

Now, don't think of me like I'm some sort of guy who just hates Middle School. (Truth be told, there are a few places I'd rather be...) It's fine. But when I heard that James Patterson would be writing a book like this, I had to read it. I half expected it to be full of mutants, aliens, and paranormal witch-children (which I totally dig). But this book was someting else entirely. A good something else. Now, I would have initially thrown this into the genre of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and any of those spin-off books like, I dunno, The Dweeb Diaries (No, calm down, it's not real. I actually think there is a series called The Dork Diaries, come to think of it). But this book seems to be in a class of it's own. Trust me, that's a good thing. It's all about this kid named Rafe (I know, let's name him Joe! No, people will make fun of him for that, why not Rafe? Actually, his name comes into play in the story's plot, I just had to do that.) who enters MIDDLE SCHOOL. Anyway, he and his imaginary friend Leo embark on an epic quest to break every single rule in the school. And THAT is what gives this book platinum status. That's a concept I just love! However, ask my mom and you'll get a very different answer. The book is perfect for kids in middle school, kids who were in middle school, and kids who are yet to be in middle school. So just about everyone. Trust me, this is a good read. So I give it...