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THIS BOOK MALIGNS WIMPY KID GREG HEFFLEY IRRETRIEVABLY
Reviewed in India on 20 August 2019
In 2018 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid — The Meltdown' (Book 13 in the series) was published. The book was a clear indicator that author Jeff Kinney had finally lost his magic touch. That book was a huge disappointment.
In 2019 'Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid — Rowley Jefferson's Journal' was published. This book further reinforces the fact that today, Jeff Kinney is a man completely exhausted of creativity as far as the Wimpy Kid books are concerned. Awesome Friendly Kid is a disaster right from the word 'go' — one long monotonous rant that hardly raises any laughs. It may entertain ten year olds but that is all there is to it.
What I find sad is that in writing this book Jeff Kinney has done immense harm to his own creation Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley. In this book, page after page, Rowley narrates how cleverly he is manipulated, exploited and bullied by his 'best friend' Greg. Greg emerges as a villain kid of sorts. The image of Greg Heffley that we all had built up, in reading the Wimpy Kid books over the years, of a lovable, blundering, lonely and innocent little boy is destroyed for ever by this book. It maligns Greg irretrievably.
This book should never have been written.