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Book Reviews: Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8) by Jeff Kinney

Book Reviews: Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8) by Jeff Kinney
Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8
Published by Puffin on 6 November 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Wimpy Kid is back! In the most hotly-anticipated children's book release of the year, the hilarious, globally-bestselling and award-winning Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, sees BOOK 8 hit our shelves this November!

Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

Dylan, age 9, reviews


I am a wimpy (perhaps-not-as-wimpy-as-the-Wimpy-Kid-but-still-pretty-wimpy) kid. So I LOVE this book, just like I love all Wimpy Kid books.

This is the eighth book in the series and I hope the series will go on forever, but I suspect it will probably stop when he leaves school because otherwise it would have to be called Diary of a Wimpy Adult.

The great thing about this series is that although Greg is older, he still has the same personality. This is good. I’ve noticed other books often change the hero’s personality to show him growing up. The thing is, most people don’t change much. They just get bigger. I think some writers have read a book that says you have to show your hero changing and learning and getting nicer and boring stuff like that. It’s not true. Writers stop it!

In this book, Rowley stops hanging out with Greg, because he doesn’t have time anymore because he has a girlfriend. This is a problem with girlfriends – they take up a lot of time. But in this books she isn’t even a normal girlfriend. She is worse. She had a secret motive for hanging out with Rowley, but you’ll have to read the book to find out what it is.

I like the cover because it features lucky 8 balls and they are cool. Although Jeff Kinney doesn’t really mention them until about p.160 or something and I kept waiting for them because they were on the front cover. Also, there are tonnes of 8 balls on the cover but the story only features one. This is called  ‘symbolism’ but it is a bit confusing. It is a good joke though – being bashed on the head by an 8 ball that’s supposed to be lucky.

Good joke for a good book. Read it! You’ll like it.


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