Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

By Zayne, Age 11

The book that made me feel finally seen is Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson. Ever since I came to middle school, the only things I’ve heard are kids in fights or someone should go to the principal’s office. Middle school has just been chaotic daily. When I am leaving home to go to school, I am happy and cheerful, looking forward to a wonderful day in school. But during school hours, it gets chaotic and by the time I am leaving school for my home, I am mad, sad, angry, frustrated, and stressed. The main character of the book, Rafe Khatchadorian thinks that middle school is a prison for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. I understand why Rafe says these things because nobody wants to be in school and it feels like a prison since you can’t go anywhere. There are kids in middle school that have stayed back a few times. They act up a lot and get into trouble. This book makes me feel finally seen because my experience in middle school is close to the same experience that Rafe Khatchadorian experienced.

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