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BOOK NAME: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (Dear Dumb Diary #1)
AUTHOR: Jim Benton
Yes, I am writing yet another review on a diary series, but this one is so funny, witty and heartwarming, that I just had to share it with you. Did I mention funny? Meet Jamie, a middle school girl who has a typical middle school life, yet is a unique young lady who takes pride in her artistic skills, especially her abilities at “mad glittering”. Jamie survives all the angst with her best friend Isabelle, a strange yet lovable character who wears glasses and has all older brothers. She is constantly scheming about something and it adds greatly to her mischievous character. Isabelle can be selfish, but Jamie knows that deep down she has a heart of gold.
Jamie has a rival at school; the nicest, blondest, and most popular girl at school, Angeline. To Jamie, Angeline is so sickly nice and girly-girl that she dreads seeing her every day. Besides, Hudson is “like the 9th cutest boy in the sixth grade” and Jamie has a huge crush on him. Drama ensues when Jamie suspects that Angeline might have a crush on him too. With Angeline being so perfect, Jamie wouldn’t stand a chance. Or would she?
Jim Benton is a great author to be able to think just like a twelve year old middle school girl. He captures the humor of it more than I have ever seen before. This story is awesome in itself, but then Jim Benton includes hilarious illustrations that really make this series the most special of all the diary series I have read (which is a lot). This has to be my absolute favorite! It is such a page turner that I suspect it will turn any stubborn reader into a bookworm.
BOOK NAME: Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life
AUTHORS: James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
Rafe Katchadorian was an ordinary boy. Yet after this book, he was no longer ordinary.
Rafe started Hills Village Middle School. As many of you can imagine (especially those who just entered middle school like me), he wasn’t too excited. To him middle school was the start of three years of prison. At the assembly on the first day of school, everyone had to follow along as the principal read the handbook. Rafe’s imaginary friend, Leo, gave him the idea to try to break all the rules in the handbook. He started with the first one, pulling the fire alarm.
You’ve probably guessed by now that things only went downhill from there. This rule breaking game started having a points system, and Rafe tried to get as many points as possible. That fired up Miller the killer, the school’s biggest bully. Miller thought that Rafe was trying to prove to be the worst boy in the school.
Throughout the book, you’ll join Rafe on his adventures through school, family, and even girls! And at the end of the book, you’ll discover that Leo may not have been just an imaginary friend after all.
I really loved this book. Rarely do books make me laugh, yet this one had me cracking up on almost every page! One of my favorite parts was the illustrations. They look like real doodles in a notebook. My other favorite part was the surprising ending. But I’m not going to tell you that part….. you’ve just got to read the book…..