I really was not thrilled with this book. The cruelty of the 7th grade boys hit a little too close to home for me I guess. I found myself forcing myself to read and just hurry the f**k through. The problem wasn't the writing, he had great writing, it was the storyline. I felt too much like the bullying I experienced in 7th grade and I didn't want to relive those feeling through another character, my experiences were enough. I did force my self to finish, and the ending was a little better than the beginning. Junior High is a rough time, and this reminded me just how much. I suppose it is a credit to Brockmeier that his writing did resurface so many memories.