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Diary of (Ordinary but Relatable) Kid
Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2016
I read the entire Diary of a Wimpy Kid series in one week to date while recovering from an accident, so I'll do a blanket comment on the series on this one. The dialogue is believable as being written by a kid Greg's age. He's got a good heart, but he's flawed in a lot of ways too. He's under constant torment from wanna-be rock star older brother Rodrick, and overshadowed by pampered, precocious younger brother Manny who calls him "Bubby" at the worst possible moments. Best friend Rowley is a well-traveled, clueless only child who good naturedly goes along with most of Greg's schemes; Greg dismisses him by saying things like "I don't know why we're even friends" and "I guess that's why I put up with him" but on at least two occasions when he has upset Rowley to the point where they're not speaking, Greg misses him terribly and ends up going out of his way to reconcile with him. Greg wants to be popular but struggles with his ordinariness. But that is what makes Greg so relatable: his ordinariness. He's not the best looking, the brightest, the most talented, or the most anything. His deadpan, wry sense of humor made me laugh out loud several times, and I am well past the intended age group the book was written for. I hope Mr. Kinney takes Greg past middle school and beyond: I know I will be reading.