So, I've now read a book by James Patterson, but not a novel just yet. One thing's for sure. I'll probably give one a try. There are now so many of these books that the only one that I know is a number in the series is this one, the first. Rafe has started middle school, and during an assembly, the teacher gives out all these rules, like no chewing gum, no skipping class, no food fights, no vandalism, no fire alarm pranking, and Rafe has no intention to follow it. He actually decides to make this into a game, with help from his buddy Leonardo, especially to the so-called witch of English, Mrs. Donatello and a giant bully. Do these names sound familiar? James Patterson is a fan of the Ninja Turtles, I suppose. Anyway, Rafe has a tough life going on at home already, with an adopted stepfather nicknamed Bear with his amazing snoring and even worse laziness, and an annoying little sister followed by a loving mom that only works as a waitress.
Now, I read this in just an hour when I was at Chapters, and I perhaps skipped over a few of the paragraphs and looked at the doodle pictures. But I got the plot. Soon, Rafe's game goes out of control and his mischief backfires when the bully suddenly blackmails him and then is in charge of Rafe's life. I liked this more than an average preteen story not just because it gives off boxy of breaking so many rules that I can only imagine of, or because it has a heart with some serious tears about disappointing and embarrassing your family, especially on a birthday, but because James Patterson doesn't seem to be phoning this in to start another series. Well, he has made just another series, that starts off extra fresh and perhaps teaches a little lesson.