Planet Middle School is not one of the best novels in verse.
Joy is a tomboy who has spent most of her life playing basketball with her best friend, Jake. Once she enters middle school, everything starts to change. Her body is developing, her friends have different interests, and she suddenly can’t seem to focus on anything except a cute boy named Santiago.
This is all fairly standard for a coming of age novel, so the verse format should have provided the opportunity to do something different. Instead, Planet Middle School feels lazy, like it was just easier to write in verse than write a whole novel on the topic. I’m disappointed and don’t feel like this merits inclusion in my library.