This book certainly had its moments. After the first half of playground pranks and hijinks, once Toby loses his friends and has adventures in the werewolf world the book improves dramatically. His figuring out it is all true and admitting to himself he really is a werewolf is what started making th book interesting to me. I didn't read the first book in this series, so Rueben and Nina were strangers to me. I will be going back now to listen to the first book to see if knowing the sequel makes the first one better as I couldn't get into it the first time I tried reading it.
The one thing that annoyed me about this book, and I most likely wouldn't have noticed it if I hadn't been listening rather than reading it, was the constant use of 'nevertheless' and 'needless to say'. Those two were used quite often and after a while, needless to say, I got so sick of it. I am always of the opinion, that if you have to say 'needless to say' then you don't have to say it at all! Or just say it and let the reader decide if it is needless to say. Just one of my bugbears.
I did think that the author did the voice right for a 13 yo boy. She did a great job conveying the age of the narrator. I totally believed a young teen boy was narrating this. It's just a shame that the hottie on the cover wasn't actually in the book, unless it is Rueben??