Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts

I had mixed feelings about this. I can see why kids love it, because the funny parts are very funny. The pictures really added a lot! I loved the Walter Mitty type scenes where Rafe is imagining himself in different dramatic situations.

But the adult part of me felt sorry for Rafe. He is trapped in a tough world- no Dad, Mom can't be around enough because she has to work and Mom's boyfriend doesn't really know how to be a parent. Rafe covers up how frustrated he is by being class clown. 

There are several books in the series, and I was sufficiently interested to want to read a couple more...