This backpack is stronger than it looks, and gets compliments because it looks different and "cool". One thing you should consider before buying: it obviously won't protect books and papers if it begins to rain on the walk to the bus stop. We keep a large clear bag in one pocket for times when this should happen, and I'm hoping my son will remember to protect those library books before they get wet. I do like, though, that I can see through the mesh if he has brought home any notes or homework. And it will make a great swim/beach bag when school is out and summer is in! (Great ventilation).