Yesterday, there was a run on my school library. We got eight copies of the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, Hard Luck. (I skedaddled to the store Tuesday so that we would be able to have copies available for students first thing on Wednesday.) Many of my students have been looking forward to this eighth installment in the popular series for months, so I knew I would have to do my part to meet demand.
I did keep one book back to read myself, though. (After all, you can’t recommend a book if you haven’t read it yourself.) I finished it last night, so here we are with a post today.
Even though I’m not a huge fan of our protagonist, Greg Heffley, I related to him more in this book than any of the preceding books. (Normally, I find him to be extremely selfish. That didn’t change much in this book, but his circumstances did.)
Greg Heffley’s life is not going well. His best friend Rowley now has a girlfriend. Where does that leave Greg? Out in the cold. Suddenly, Greg has to walk to and from school by himself, carry his own books, sit with other people at lunch, worry about who to play with at recess, and find something to do after school. Who knew that losing your best friend would cause so much trouble?!
Middle school is no picnic at the best of times. It’s even worse when you don’t have a best friend (and you’re not sure how to make more friends). Eventually, though, Greg thinks he’s found a way to make things a little better. He’ll leave his fate up to a Magic 8 Ball! This shouldn’t cause any problems at all, right? Right?!
Join Greg Heffley as he navigates the halls of middle school–girls, cafeteria seating, recess games, making friends–and his somewhat unpredictable family. Will Greg’s luck ever change? Find out when you read Hard Luck, the eighth book in Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid series!
Most people realize that middle school is the time when people begin pairing off. Well, when you’re not part of a pair, things can get kind of dicey. I was never part of a couple in middle school (or even high school), so it was very difficult for me to keep from being the “third wheel.” Many times, my friendships with those in couples tended to fall by the wayside. That’s why I relate so strongly to Greg Heffley in this book. (I think a lot of readers may feel the same way.) Some kids just aren’t interested in becoming part of a couple, and it’s not always easy to adapt when their friends find someone else to spend their time with. (I know Diary of a Wimpy Kid is supposed to be a very light read, but, in this case, it brought back some not-so-great memories. I probably need therapy.)
Like all of the other books in this series, this book sells itself. I don’t think I need to do a ton of promotion here. I put eight copies of this book on the shelf yesterday, and they’re all gone today. We’ll probably have to order a few more soon. Kids just love these books, and I think I’ve illustrated that adults may just find something to enjoy (or at least relate to) as well.
I’m sure we’ll see yet another DoaWK book this time next year. In the meantime, visit http://www.wimpykid.com/ for all things wimpy! Enjoy!