Monday, February 25, 2013

MMGM: Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life

When I saw that James Patterson had written a Middle Grade novel, I got to admit, I groaned a little bit. After all, Patterson has already proven his domination over every other genre of literature. And now, here he is, flexing his muscles in the Middle Grade land.

Then I read it.

First, the description:

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 only 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."

Yeah, that premise sounds pretty awesome by itself. But then you read it and you realize this book is something even more than that. 

It's heart-wrenching. 

Not to give away anything, but there are many twists and turns that you should have seen from the beginning but you don't, and then you get used to the twist, and then...BAM!...another twist. And you love it.

And you realize that's why James Patterson is a beast.

Sure he co-writes and there's the question of how much he actually contributes.
Sure he seems to drop in on trends like a junior higher adopts new fashion styles.

But the man is a brand. And his brand means quality.

So I'd suggest you read this book, because it's good. And because you'll enjoy it.

And, yes, because it's a Middle Grade book by James Patterson.

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