I've never met anyone who has overwhelmingly fond memories of middle school. That's not to say that the entire experience was horrible—it's just that for many people, middle school was a bit of a challenge in various ways.
"My mother embarrassed me every day [...], with her assertiveness. [...] Embarrass your daughters as often as you can - you are giving them a real script to use when they are ready to use it. — Rachel Simmons [Time]