The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series #5)

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Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really all it’s cracked up to be?

Greg suddenly finds himself dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older—all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side. Can Greg make it through on his own? Or will he have to face the “ugly truth”?

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Overview

Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really all it’s cracked up to be?

Greg suddenly finds himself dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older—all without his best friend, Rowley, at his side. Can Greg make it through on his own? Or will he have to face the “ugly truth”?

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Was growing up a bad idea? Like any other middle-schooler, Wimpy Kid Greg Heffley wished that he could speed up the process of getting older. What he didn't anticipate was all the changes and responsibilities that came with it. And why didn't anyone warn him about the possible pratfalls of boy-girl parties? Jeff Kinney's new Diary of a Wimpy Kid saga will touch the soul of every self-conscious youngster, which is to say every youngster.

Publishers Weekly
"See, when you're a little kid, nobody ever warns you that you've got an expiration date. One day you're hot stuff and the next day you're a dirt sandwich," Greg Heffley tells readers partway into this fifth installment of Kinney's bestselling Wimpy Kid series. There's a noticeable feeling of transition in this outing as Greg negotiates a sour patch with longtime best friend Rowley, his mother's decision to go back to school, the imminence of puberty (and dreaded accompanying discussions at home and at school), and the fact that one can't stay a child forever--despite evidence to the contrary provided by Greg's Uncle Gary, who's embarking on his fourth marriage. Although there is perhaps less of a central focus in this book than in some of its predecessors, the sense that "all good things must come to an end" emerges, something that inevitably will be true of the series itself at some point. But Kinney hasn't lost his touch for spinning universal details of middle-school life into comic gold--he doesn't have to worry about becoming a dirt sandwich anytime soon. Ages 8–12. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Life is hard, especially when you move into middle grades and have to deal with issues like best friends, puberty, girls and so much more. Can Greg navigate his way through the year without the help of his best friend, or should I say former best friend Rowley? The book opens with that issue facing Greg—he no longer has a best friend at his side and the prospects of finding a new one are not too promising. How will that end? Will he and Rowley be able to put aside their differences and be a team again? Home life presents its usual problems—family events, like the fourth marriage of one of his uncles and the sit-down chats with Gammie to learn about life and Mom's latest decision. Greg rationalizes by noting that Gammie has lived a long time so she probably knows a lot and the talk just might be worthwhile. Even though Gammie may have some good advice, it is still kind of scary to have a session with her. Mom has decided to go back to school and that creates a whole new set of issues with the new maid Isabella who turns out to not be very much help. All of the events are presented by Kinney's cartoon characters with their exaggerated features and depictions of situations that boys will really understand. Yes, this is a boy's book; and once they have read one, they will probably be hooked and so this fifth book in the series is bound to be a hit. It is a quick read and the cartoons are a perfect fit—my guess is that kids will read it more than once. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810984912
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series , #5
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 17,474
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1000L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Kinney

Jeff Kinney is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and four-time Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award winner for Favorite Book. Jeff has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He is also the creator of Poptropica, which was named one of Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons.

Biography

All his life, Jeff Kinney wanted to be a cartoonist. As a student at the University of Maryland in the 1990s, he published his comic strip "Igdoof" in the college newspaper, but he soon discovered that succeeding in the real world as a syndicated cartoonist is no easy task. So, after school, he supported himself as a newspaper designer and computer programmer, while working out ideas for a children's book that combined cartoons with conventional storytelling.

Once he conceived the concept for Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Kinney devoted nearly six years to developing the storyline and artwork. Fashioned as a journal with appealing, expressive stick figure drawings on every page, Diary is narrated in the pitch-perfect (and hilariously deadpan) voice of a not-always-likeable but totally believable tweener named Greg Heffley. Poised to make the painful transition from elementary to middle school, Greg struggles with the usual preteen angst: bullies and cliques, annoying siblings and clueless parents, faithful friends and cute, unattainable girls.

Although Kinney never intended to publish his book online, when the opportunity arose to serialize Greg's adventures on Funbrain.com, he knew he'd found the perfect way to reach his target audience. In 2004, the comic strip began appearing in daily installments on the website. The feature was a huge hit, attracting thousands of hits a day. Moreover, the online version paved the way to Kinney's five-book deal with the publisher Harry N. Abrams.

Armed with fresh, new story lines, Kinney launched the print sequence in 2007. From the very first installment, entitled simply Diary of a Wimpy Kid, the series was a success -- especially with reluctant readers who found the diary-with-doodles format far more accessible than conventional books. Greg, with his hilarious antics, backfiring schemes, and totally unfiltered thoughts (his mom has agreed not to read what he writes!), has struck a responsive chord -- both with kids who identify with his growing pains and with grownups who vividly recall their own.

Good To Know

  • Jeff Kinney claims that he writes for kids because he believes the most interesting and funniest stories come from people's childhoods.

  • In an interview with familyeducation.com, Kinney was asked which he liked more: writing or drawing cartoons. He answered this way: " Both writing and drawing are a struggle for me. I am cursed with being a very slow illustrator, and this book requires at least 1,000 illustrations. So sometimes, the joy of illustrating is a bit diminished by the amount of time that illustrating takes. What I enjoy is seeing the words and illustrations come together on the page."

  • Kinney knew he'd made the grade when Diary of a Wimpy Kid was chosen to appear as a plot point on the popular Disney-produced preteen series Wizards of Waverly Place.

  • Kinney deliberately avoids putting pop culture references into his stories because he wants them to have a timeless feel. He hopes readers will be able to pick his books up 20 years from now and still be able to relate to themes.
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      1. Hometown:
        Southern Massachusetts
      1. Date of Birth:
        February 19, 1971
      2. Place of Birth:
        Maryland
      1. Education:
        University of Maryland
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    • Posted August 8, 2010

      Read The Book

      Diary of A Wimpy Kid is one of the best books I've ever read. I would highly suggest that you read it too. It's a really good book. It's good for everybody.

      81 out of 102 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 15, 2010

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      Great series

      This entire series is fantastic and I would highly recommend it to any parent who has a reluctant reader in their house. Sure, it's great for the highest of readers, too, and that's what a great author does. Similar to the Harry Potter series in that it appeals to a large group of readers, all the books were funny and dealt with humorous issues on so many levels of understanding. Funny for the 8-year-old and equally funny for the 13-year-old. I have a lot of trouble finding books for my 9-year-old son and he is very picky. This will be a sure hit. Another book I'd recommend to those of you in my situation would be "Did You Ever Wonder" by Brendan Lynch. It's one of those humorous books that my son loves. The day he got it he kept reading entries to my husband and I. I'm always on the hunt for books for him though so I'll keep searching!

      47 out of 69 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted August 5, 2010

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      A very good book, very funny!

      These books are very funny and fun to read. There so good I pre-ordered this book in January. All these books are funny and I am positive this will be just as good. (mabey the best of all)

      32 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 24, 2010

      This book

      I have read all of the books and so has my family and we all enjoyed them all i can't wait till this one sells i am going to be the first one to buy it!

      29 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 18, 2010

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      good book

      I love when I see my kids reading this book, they had so much fun laughing together, for a change :) and they have the collection. a g fun book to read and share with siblings and friends :)

      23 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted October 14, 2010

      Wow Seriously?

      I'm really exited to get this book. I'm buying it today. But really people you can't give it a 5 star rating if you haven't even read the dang book! I know it will probably be good but I don't know so 4 stars just because I don't know.

      21 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted June 6, 2010

      Funny!

      Me and my family have all the books including the do it yourself and the movie diary. I cant wait for this one to come out

      20 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 17, 2012

      Fun to read

      THIS BOOK IS FUNNY, AND FUN TO READ.
      GREG and Rowley are funny in this story.

      19 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 13, 2010

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      I'm a 6th grade student- Glendale,Az - The Ugly Truth about The Ugly Truth

      I'm going to talk about Diary Of A Wimpy Kid-The Ugly Truth. This book is by Jeff Kinney. I have read every one of the Diary of the Wimpy Kid books. This book is about a boy named Greg who goes through middle school. Greg is not a nice friend and does not want to be a kid anymore. He wants to grow up, but not face the changes on the way to become an adult. Rowerly was Greg's best friend and now is nerdy more than ever. Greg really wants a friend so at the end he and Rowerly are friends again. That's really the main part in the book. The setting is a lot of places. The main place is school and Greg's house. The minor setting is Greg's Gamie's house. Gamie is like a protagonist and minor character at the same time. Gamie is Greg's great- grandmother. This book is all over the place. It is not an organized book in my opinion. There is a rumor that there might be another Diary of a Wimpy Kid book coming up. I would highly recommend not buying it. I also think that the author Jeff Kinney, needs a break. I think he should also revise his stories. The reason I recommended the other Diary of a Wimpy Kid's is because they have a plot. You can find out more by reading their reviews. I would recommend for girls Dear Dumb Diary, that series actually has a plot, and a theme. Let's talk about Diary of a Wimpy Kid-The Ugly Truth's theme. There isn't one. Every book is supposed to have a theme or moral, this book doesn't. If you need the theme for this book then do not do it as a book report. I can not stress enough about NOT BUYING this book. DON'T BUY THIS BOOK. It has nothing to offer - it's not even funny. That is my review. Here is my tip to the author: take more time on your books. I can tell you rushed on this book. The ugly truth about this book is it's not a good book.

      18 out of 76 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 26, 2010

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      This book is the best of the best, your children will laugh even you, I know this book will be funny I definitely recommend this book for anyone.

      All of his books are funny ,and this one will still will be funny.All the pages are funny my son read one of his books in like one day, great cartoon pictures and everything.

      16 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 9, 2013

      Stuff that people like!

      Dear Fans
      I know all of you love this book and heres a tip for you it is a good and my friend all read all kids of good books so I would pufer to get this great book!

      9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 15, 2012

      :)

      Best Book Ever! Try the last straw, even better!!!!!

      9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 4, 2012

      Wimpy kid

      Very good book I would highly recomend it!

      8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 14, 2012

      Egg stareing

      I saw this book and thought about why the cover has a picture of greg lookin at an egg ,


      8 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 8, 2012

      Storyguy

      Out of 10 i give this book a 8 i like how it turns sideways to another point of view the other two point that were taking off was beacause the end of the middle was boaring

      8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 4, 2012

      Awesome Book

      I think this book is like sooooooooooooooo awesome! Ikr
      ( i know right)

      7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 8, 2011

      best book ever

      love this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted September 13, 2011

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      love it

      this book is amazing. hard to put down, Can't wait to read the next.

      7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 25, 2013

      DIARY OF A WINPY KID

      Cool and inspiring.

      6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted December 13, 2012

      Diary of A Wimpy Kid-The Ugly Truth, which was written by Jeff K

      Diary of A Wimpy Kid-The Ugly Truth, which was written by Jeff Kinney, was published in 2010. It was a funny book that young teens and even adults will enjoy. This book is the fifth one of the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series. In this particular book, Greg Heffley, who is one of the main characters, deals with the absence of his ex-best friend, Rowley, as he begins another school year. Greg and Rowley were best friends before, but they got in a fight over their lawn service idea, which is talked about in the previous book. Greg tries to find other boys to befriend, but all them have their own groups of friends or are to weird for Greg to hangout with. His ex-best friend even has a new friend, who is someone that is part of a mentoring service, and Greg has a hard time grasping this concept. As Greg faces different scenarios throughout his middle school life, both at school and at home, he struggles not having his best friend by his side. He was in such a hurry to grow up, but now that he has no best friend he doesn’t know how to handle certain situations or how to fit in. Does Greg become friends with Rowley by the end of the book? Well you will just have to read it and see for yourself. You definitely won’t regret reading it. 
      I recently read this book with my sister who is in the fourth grade. Overall, I thought this book was funny and it definitely kept my sister and I engaged. While we were reading the book, we were constantly laughing or talking about how we could relate to Greg in different situations. It was hard for us to put the book down because we were so caught up in the book. I would definitely recommend this book to any young reader. The book had different pictures for different scenarios that Greg encountered, which helps readers mentally picture what is happening throughout the book. It has situations that young readers can relate to and this is a great characteristic about this series. I believe the authors aim was to attract young readers, while informing them about possible middle school experiences. Young readers will usually only read books that they can relate to or that interest them, and this is one of those book any child would enjoy reading.

      6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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