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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (979 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts Narrator: Bryan Kennedy Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Middle School Series Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781611130270
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James Patterson's winning follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life--which the LA Times called "a perfectly pitched novel"--is another riotous and heartwarming story about living large.

After sixth grade, the very worst year of his life, Rafe Khatchadorian thinks he has it made in seventh grade. He's been accepted to art school in the big city and imagines a math-and-history-free fun zone. Wrong! It's more competitive than Rafe ever expected, and to score big in class, he needs to find a way to turn his boring life into the inspiration for a work of art. His method? Operation: Get a Life! Anything he's never done before, he's going to do it, from learning to play poker to going to a modern art museum. But when his newest mission uncovers secrets about the family Rafe's never known, he has to decide if he's ready to have his world turned upside down. (Includes over 100 illustrations.)
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Patterson and Tebbetts have created strong characters and relationships throughout the novel. Rafe has his triumphs and failures, but he’s a realistic kid whom readers would want as a friend and coconspirator.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Will be enjoyed by middle-grade boys, particularly reluctant readers, especially because of the deus ex machina ending.”


  • “Short chapters and a partially graphic format are sure to appeal. Subplots involving Rafe’s missing father; adventures with his imaginary brother and muse, Leo; and Rafe’s emerging talent as an artist are also well handled, although they create a more subdued tone than in the previous book. Maturity is on Rafe’s horizon, but hopefully readers will be able to vicariously experience his eighth-grade adventures before it arrives.”


  • “[The] message that ‘normal is boring’ should go a long way toward assuring kids who don’t fit the mold that there’s a place for them, too.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kennedy’s youthful-sounding voice hooks listeners. He raises pitch and volume, emphasizing Rafe’s emotions, and he deepens his register for adults…and voices Rafe’s grandmother in tones that make her seem old and creaky. From diving in dumpsters for artifacts to visiting local art museums, Rafe’s escapades and mortifying adventures will appeal to kids, who will especially enjoy Kennedy’s fast-paced, occasionally overly dramatic reading. The illustrations are included in a pdf file.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • “Bryan Kennedy perfectly voices Rafe, expertly navigating his ups and downs…This fast-paced tale of middle school mishaps and mayhem will appeal to reluctant readers and students who enjoyed Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • “Patterson’s and Tebbetts’ vivid, accessible characters and understanding of kids’ insecurities will keep listeners laughing and engaged throughout this second Middle School series story. Kennedy’s dramatized narration occasionally overshadows and gives a forced feel to some of Rafe’s inner dialogue, but he superbly captures the snarky attitude and unsteady vocalization of a pubescent boy. Thematic connections including family relationships, making choices, bullying, friendship, and peer pressure, naturally lend themselves to age-appropriate discussions. Listeners are sure to be entertained during this humorous and thought-provoking tale.”

    Children’s Literature (audio review)

  • “Narrator Bryan Kennedy’s young-sounding voice and comic tone make the clueless hero sympathetic…Kennedy is spot-on as the puzzled outsider, especially when he sometimes talks directly to the listener. There are laughs and lots of action.”


  • “Chronicle[s]—with humor—the life of loner/misfit Rafe, a gifted artist with a good heart. Tweens will relate to Rafe, his often-misunderstood intentions, and his middle school awkwardness. This book shows a mean side of school—bullies, cyberbullying, and what happens when a friendship turns sour—things that most middle school kids deal with every day. The abundant illustrations add fun and insight.”


  • A 2012 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Children
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke hostetler | 2/18/2014

    " verey funny "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cori | 2/14/2014

    " Read as a read aloud with my fifth graders 2012- they loved it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 5pfeiffer_andrew | 2/10/2014

    " I didn't know this was the seconded book so I was lost at first but I learned he didn't like his 6th grade year but when his mom loses her job he has to move and then gets accepted into a art school for his 7th grade year. He didn't like it there at the begging that much because all the students were competitive about their art work. Then on top of it he learns he has to do well so hes accepted next year so he now try's in school for the first time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wejdan AL-Sahli | 2/10/2014

    " I really enjoy reading this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mpm | 2/8/2014

    " This was not the entire book just previews, but good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jordi | 1/23/2014

    " I liked the doodles on the sides of pages, they made you feel like everything's so casual. The way Rafi (narrator/main character), talks right to you makes you feel like you're there. Everything in this book is so realistic, + a bit of far-fetched-ness. This is a good book for those of us enduring these long 3 years of middle school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kooladesal2 | 1/23/2014

    " "Middle School: Get Me Out of Here" is a fiction book about a boy named Rafe who enters a new school. Throughout the book, Rafe is trying to fit in while trying to discover his dad's whereabouts. This book is suspenseful and a page turner. "The Middle School" series is my favorite series because it is very humorous and because Rafe is Armenian like me. (You can tell because his name ends in ian.) I strongly recommend this book and the 1st book in this series. The strength of this book is the action that takes place at all times and makes you feel like you're sitting in the same classroom as Rafe. An example of this is when Rafe hears a siren and is surrounded by police while on a school field trip because he is unknowingly carrying a friend's backpack with stolen merchandise in it. Rafe is a believable character. I like how sometimes the story gets caught up inside his imagination. I think that the author writes well and the pictures on almost every page are an added plus! This an amazing book if you like to be on the edge of your seat laughing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 1/17/2014

    " It was a really good book and I really liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Payton | 12/28/2013

    " This book was ok i mean it is not a kind of book i would read on my own time but i liked it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Cole | 12/20/2013

    " Even though its a kids book I loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Procida | 12/9/2013

    " More sophisticated than Diary of a Wimpy Kid but still perfect for reluctant middle school readers. Great art, good humor; about a boy with terrible ideas who learns lots of lessons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sierra | 12/3/2013

    " I really like this book ,because it will make you feel like your in the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allyson | 11/6/2013

    " Such a fast read. Even though I am 27 I still loved it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 8/20/2013

    " This book and the one before it are an entertaining cross between the Hank Zipzer series (by Henry Winkler) and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geebowie | 7/9/2013

    " much better than the first one. the character of Rafe is much more likeable this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dian Tran | 7/7/2013

    " Much better then the first "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen Unger | 6/2/2013

    " It delivers on all its promises. Will continue to delight kids that loved the first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/11/2013

    " Good, finished in 45 minutes, too short! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tycen | 4/8/2013

    " This book is about a kid Rafe and his middle school life. Rafe has to move to his grandma;s house in the city because his mom's restaurant that she worked at burned down and she has nowhere to work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Timilyn | 4/1/2013

    " Another great book by Patterson. I appreciate how the pictures add to the story & make the reading richer. And of course, he keeps you guessing. It's never boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellie (a.k.a. QE3) | 3/27/2013

    " The story isn't much, but the drawings are fun to look at. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cristian Marrero | 1/27/2013

    " A good continuation and a good progress in the development of the Rafe character with pieces of his past. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joshua See | 12/23/2012

    " it was a good book that kept me suprised at every chapter. I recomend this book. (partialy because some chareters names sound like the TMNT chareters.). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nich Prouty | 12/20/2012

    " it was a really good book and made me want to read more. a lot of twist and turns. it kept me on my nostrule or nose "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chelsea Bourmatnov | 11/7/2012

    " super funny ! Read it so fast "

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About the Author
Author James Patterson

James Patterson is one of the most popular writers of all time, with more than 350 million copies of his books sold worldwide. He holds the record for most New York Times bestsellers and is the author of the two most popular detective series of the past decade, the Alex Cross novels and the Women’s Murder Club. Patterson has won an Edgar Award, the mystery world’s highest honor, and his novels Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider were made into feature films. His lifelong work to promote books and reading is reflected in his website ReadKiddoRead.com, which helps parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians find the very best children’s books for their kids. Patterson is a recipient of the Los Angeles Times’ 2015 Innovator’s Award.

About the Narrator

Bryan Kennedy was born and raised on Long Island and has been working as an actor and comedian in New York for the past several years. He has done numerous theater productions, voiceovers, commercials, and audiobooks.