Everyone knows that middle school is hard. That is especially true for Rafe K. who has a run in with the sixth grade bully within the first 2 minutes of school.
This book has a definite Diary of a Wimpy Kid feel, but there are a few suprising twists. (Especially finding out about Rafe's best friend Leo). As Rafe works on his great plan of being the only student to ever break every rule in school's code of conduct book, we grow to really care about him and his family.
I would recommend this book for any middle schooler or soon to be middle schooler. I gave this book to my 6th grade daughter and I will definitely write her opinions when she is done.
UPDATE: So my daughter, who is a non-reader, finished this book in about 3 hours. She could no put it down! She loved the characters and the story. She passed the book onto one of her friends.
I have to say the James Patterson is really branching out. He is writing for all different kinds of audiences and seems to be doing a great job at it!