Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: March 29th, 2012
Rafe Khatchadorian has enough problems at home without throwing his first year of middle school into the mix. Luckily, he's got an ace plan for the best year ever, if he can pull it off. With his best friend Leonardo the Silent awarding him points, Rafe tries to break every rule in his school's oppressive Code of Conduct. Chewing gum in class - 5,000 points! Running in the hallway - 10,000 points! Pulling the fire alarm - 50,000 points! But when Rafe's game starts to catch up with him, he'll have to decide if winning is all that matters, or if he's finally ready to face the rules, bullies, and truths he's been avoiding.
I started reading the Middle School series at book five (Ultimate Showdown) and am now playing catch-up with the earlier books. I love this series and it definitely deserves all its praise from 8+ readers - it's fun and true to life, with an accurate portrayal of middle school and growing up.
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life marks the start of Rafe Khatchadorian's foray into writing about his school life. It's a great start to the series and kept me hooked all the way through. I like the illustrations too - they compliment Rafe's story brilliantly!
Rafe doesn't have the best home life thanks to his mum's boyfriend, he's bullied at school and is struggling to keep his grades up. He's just like an everyday teenager with worries and anxieties, and that's what I most like about these books. Anyone could read one and immediately identify with Rafe, with what he's going through and how he's feeling. In spite of it all he still manages to maintain an excellent sense of humour - he's a fantastic character that I'm glad I'm getting to know.
The Middle School series is perfect for fans of Dork Diaries - it's not too far removed from Nikki's middle school diaries, and is obviously recommended for both boys and girls. I'm looking forward to catching up with the rest of the series and seeing what other mischievous stuff Rafe gets up to. Whatever it is, it can't be good!