So in the sequel to Worst Years of My Life, Rafe was supposed to start seventh grade at Airbrook Arts as the last book suggested, but since Mom's office/restaurant burned down, they have to move in with their grandma and meanwhile, Mrs. Donatello convinces Rafe to try out for the Cathedral School of the Arts, a school all about art and one where you're not always allowed back in at the end of the year. Yikes. And on top of that, Leonardo the Silent has made Rafe do a new operation: Operation: Get A Life, where for the next one hundred and ninety days, he'll have to do as many new things as possible. The last Operation stood for Rules Aren't for Everyone. What's the worst that could happen?
Now, for the most part, I enjoyed this Middle School almost as much as the first, but I didn't like how the book twisted up the cliffhanger at the start. It's like when in the third Diary of a Wimpy Kid, at the end, Greg and Rowley meet this Trisha chick and by the start of Book 4, she's taken out. Since it was an art school he was going too anyway, with a little imagination I could forget it. The book also has a message, but it may be hard to tell what that is. Rafe makes his way into the school and ends up being criticized by his classmates for his artwork that we know is interesting but scribbly, but because he feels drawing is fun and everyone laughs about it, including a bully named Zeke McDonald. The war is back on, and this time, Rafe ends up having a very…rebellious friend named Matty who may be Rafe's guardian angel, may not be. Almost always, I like it when people are being naughty and it promotes you to do similar things rather than make it look like parents set it up. This Middle School seemed to take a bit of a step down from the last instalment, but I laughed at some of the jokes. The ending was the most powerful part of the book. I wasn't expecting what happened to happen and left me with mixed feelings. It was a very interesting ending, that's for sure. Something I enjoyed in it was when Rafe simply walks out of school and pulls a stunt that I feel was brave and generated some real emotion, as well as add to the relationship between him and his girlfriend that I couldn't help but find unforgettable. It was a bumpy ride but pulled through.