Oxford University Press, USA
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This is fifth installment in Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, which continues with the story of a boy named Greg Heffley who is facing the challenges that come with growing up.
Summary Of The Book
The lead character in Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth (Book - 5), Greg, experiences a series of misfortunes, as he completes his last year in middle school. Greg's troubles start when he quarrels with his best friend and is eventually replaced by a perfect "role model". Now having to face school on his own, he attempts to gain popularity through a textbook once owned a popular student. This plan eventually backfires.
On the homefront, Greg faces a different set of challenges. At first, he fears attending his uncle's wedding because of "The Talk" about the birds and the bees, that his great grandmother plans on having with him. Then his mother Susan decides to take some college courses, which throws his family off balance. Since his mom would not be around, Greg now has to assume responsibility for laundering his own clothes, waking up on time for school and finding time to complete chores as well as homework!
As if all those challenges weren't enough, Greg has to face a bad tempered dentist, a lazy maid and all the other trials and tribulations that a young boy faces as he develops into a teenager.
All these trials eventually lead Greg to wonder whether growing up is really worth the trouble.
It has also received positive reviews from newspapers such as LA Times and The New York Times.
About Jeff Kinney
Jeff Kinney is an author, cartoonist, producer and game designer. He is also the creator of Poptropica, a massively multiplayer online role playing game for children.
He has authored eight other books in the Diary Of A Wimpy Kid series. Some of them are Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel.
Kinney utilizes a first person narrative, with a comic style in all of his books. Through his central character Greg, Kinney reveals colourful details about a young boy's adventures as he is growing up. Kinney is a graduate from the University of Maryland and works as a professional writer and game designer. He is married with two children.