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"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth" is the massively funny fifth title in the highly-illustrated, bestselling and award-winning "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series by Jeff Kinney. Perfect for both boys and girls of 8+, reluctant readers and all the millions of devoted Wimpy Kid fans out there. You can also discover Greg on the big screen in any one of the three "Wimpy Kid Movie" box office smashes. The massively funny fifth book in the bestselling and award-winning "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really all it's cracked up to be? Suddenly Greg is dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older. And after a fight with his best friend Rowley, it looks like Greg is going to have to face the "ugly truth" all by himself...Praise for Jeff Kinney and the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series: "The world has gone crazy for Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series". ("Sun"). "Kinney is right up there with J K Rowling as one of the bestselling children's authors on the planet". ("Independent"). "Hilarious!". ("Sunday Telegraph"). "The most hotly anticipated children's book of the year is here - "Diary of a Wimpy Kid". ("The Big Issue"). As well as being an international bestselling author, Jeff Kinney is also an online developer and designer. He is the creator of the children's virtual world, poptropica where you can also find the Wimpy Kid boardwalk. He was named one of "Time" magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2009. He lives with his family in Massachusetts, USA.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published on February 1, 2012 by Puffin Books
ISBN-10: 0141340827
ISBN-13: 9780141340821
304 Book Reviews
  • s20004370
    s200043703 days55 stars
    the book haves a funny
    • atroit_avimimus
      atroit_avimimus11 days44 stars
      This was a very funny book, but perhaps not quite as funny as the rest of the series. Don't get me wrong! The Ugly Truth has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. But, while the first four books had me roaring with laughter, erupting in guffaws, and frequently demanding to read aloud portions of the inspired insanity to anyone within earshot while gasping and trying to catch my breath, this latest offering only had me chuckling ruefully, or perhaps breaking out in a broad grin from time to time. I think part of the reason why this book didn't tickle my funnybone as much is because Greg Heffley is growing up. He's always been conscious of being a middle-school boy and a bit of late-bloomer, but this volume has him much more worried about when he's going to catch up with a lot of the guys in his class. There's less random hilarity in this volume, and more of a connected storyline, as Greg ruminates on his still strained friendship with Rowley, his uncle's upcoming wedding, his health class and school slumber party. Greg's obsession with getting more popular, and winning over girls in particular, continues to be charming. I was surprised however, by how much he really didn't get it, in terms of Rowley. Greg has been a selfish friend over the years, but he doesn't see that at all. He just wants things to go back to the way they were, when Rowley put up with all of his abuse. Greg's bored demeanor with everything having to do with his family, and his disappointment at being treated like a little kid at his uncle's wedding (he was hoping to be a full-fledged groomsman, rather than an assistant flower boy) was pretty silly, and the highlight of the book, for me, was the school sponsored sleepover. Convinced he's going to be able to mingle with cute girls all evening, Greg eagerly signs up, but is sorely disappointed when it's mostly guys and their over-earnest teachers take away all of the kids cell phones and electronic devices when they refuse to socialize with each other. Predictably, the helicopter parents arrive to pick up their kids early, fearing the worst when they don't answer their text messages. The blend of humor, and stick figure-like cartoons which convey so much emotion which are the hallmarks of this series are still here and Wimpy Kid fans won't be disappointed in this latest addition.
      • sinsin
        sinsinabout 2 months55 stars
        I love these kinds of books
        • befree
          befree3 months55 stars
          This book is no that bad. It is like there is no ugly truth, although there is.
          • 32156kk
            32156kk3 months55 stars
            i have always like reading books such as these!!!
            • avi34668
              avi346683 months
              I love your book!
              • vaehcorn
                vaehcorn4 months44 stars
                the book is hilarios but i dont read it all the time because im busy with my brothers and sisters
                • katherine747
                  katherine7478 months55 stars
                  I Love All The Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Books! They Are Soooo Funny And I Keep On Reading Them Again And Again And again!!!
                  • blossomreader
                    blossomreaderabout 1 year55 stars
                    So I read this book a lot of times, and I loved it! A lot of books are based on girls growing up and it makes the boys and girls who read them feel kind of awkward. Now it's about a boy growing up, and that makes me feel a little better. Greg is growing and maturing. He really wants to impress his love and stop growing up because he doesn't want to go through puberty. Read this funny book to see how Greg handles it! I don't mean to sound biased, so please don;t be mad, I just like books that are fair!
                    • warriorsgirl11
                      warriorsgirl11about 1 year55 stars
                      The “The Diary of a Wimpy Kid” book is a story about a kid named Greg Heffley going through hard times during life. In the book “The Ugly Truth” Greg lost his best friend Rowley and needs to find a new one. Greg also tries to make his life interesting online because he believed that eve ... friendships are important!