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Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid book 8) Paperback – 2 Jun 2014
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Part of me can see why these books are so universally popular with children. They are easy to read, full of stupid cartoons and have lots of 'funny' moments. Unfortunately I think the humour is horrible, and usually based on some act or thought of cruelty by the hero, and I find them increasingly difficult to stomach. The books are always thin in terms of material. If you take out the illustrations the text barely stretches past two or three chapters worth of material. The story in this case is even more thin than in the previous books I have read, and I wonder if Jeff Kinney is simply running out of material but, understandably loathe to let go of such a popular character.
I bought this for my son and daughter for Christmas. Both of them love the books and both devoured it in a day. I read it because it will be a hot topic of conversation amongst the children when we return to school and it will certainly be on the list of things they want me to buy for the library.
I feel I should be less critical of anything that gets children to read, and I will certainly buy a copy for the library, probably more than one copy, as it will undoubtedly be incredibly popular. I just feel it is such a shame that such a weak book with such horrible, negative characters gets so much praise from children. I wonder if I would have loved it at a young age, and feel I probably would, which is even more conflicting. Ho hum.
I have loved books 1-6 I think (Cabin Fever) and that is when it started to go down hill...
Here are a few problems...
Rodrick I used to love his silly ideas of being a band member he is hardly mentioned in this book and "loded Diper" his band is not mentioned once.
Rowley He was funny and it was funny to see his parents fuss over him however he is kind of taken out of the book a bit because he has a new girlfriend and Greg has a fight with him.
Holly Hills she needs to be brought back! or at least give Greg somebody he fancies! I loved how Greg thought he was acting nice to Holly and she didnt really get the hint, she just magically disappears from the book.
There is many re used jokes in this book which means that the author is running out of ideas.
It seems like Jeff Kinney (author) has been trying to get so many jokes out as possible by adding as many characters as he can how many aunts and uncles are there altogether? Like 10? 15 out of all the book?
Now some Ideas for you Jeff if you're reading...
Try and find a better storyline then a short part of greg's life eg in this book you have just done the storyline about greg having an argument with Rowley which can get boring after a whole book! maybe in one part of the book Rodrick is moving out and getting an apartment however he is always still at there house maybe Greg is happy that he is moving out. or maybe the whole family move house in another part? maybe an animal? ANYTHING!
Basically you need a storyline eg Dog days had about his Summer and Cabin Fever was about his Winter.
So anyway I found the book very good. It took me about 2 hours to read and although I'm 16, I still really liked it. The title of the book really does some it up! It really is hard luck. Rowley gets a girlfriend so Greg is left all by himself and so he tries to find new friends- which is proven tough for someone in middle school! So the book revolves around Greg struggling to find new friends when his only friend is ignoring him. And also making other decisions based on luck!I really do recommend this book. I have all the books and although this one isn't my favourite, it is still really good!
At the end of the book, there are various things to do a few pages after the story has ended. There are a few fun quizzes and other things like 'How well do you know your friend,' 'Predict your future' and 'Things you should do before you are old.'
So I rate this book 5 stars. Don't listen to any of the reviews that give it 1 star. They're usually just complaining about the kindle version where the words overlap the images and aren't actually rating the story itself!
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