Hard Luck (Book Eight of Diary of a Wimpy Kid): A Review by Rahul Bhatia

WimpyKid_HardLuck-CoverDiary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, the eighth book in the best-selling series by Jeff Kinney, is another entertaining romp through the life of Greg Heffley. Starting on a bad note, the main character, Greg, is already feeling like his life is going downhill. His best friend, Rowley, has seemingly ditched him. Now, Greg has to try to make new friends in his chaotic life. However, in a gamble to turn the tides of fortune, Greg decides to leave his decisions to chance. The question is, will this benefit him, or will he suffer the consequences of bad luck? Of course, the novel wouldn’t be complete without our familiar characters. Greg Heffley is as wimpy as he’s always been, and now, well, he’s even more of a wimpy kid. His loyal friend though, Rowley Jefferson, has changed from last time, although this may not be the best for Greg. How will these changes affect him? Well, you’re going to have to read the book to find out!


There are many things which make The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series among the best for younger readers. It’s written in a style which really allows it to feel authentic, being the diary of the main character. Additionally, the fonts and illustrations help add a comedic flavour to the book, in the vain of Big Nate and Jedi Academy. The themes are always familiar, but the author is able to make them feel fresh, by changing it up each book. With new stories and tales, Hard Luck doesn’t feel like a repeat of the past novels, but the next logical step in the series. The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is still going strong.


Would I recommend this book? Definitely. Although it may feel like it’s for younger readers, it can still be enjoyed by young teens, as it provides relevant scenarios and settings to our lives. Additionally, it contains dialogue that not only feels authentic, but is definitely akin to what actual kids would say. Hard Luck is a great novel, and shows that Jeff Kinney is still full of creative and exciting ideas. If I were one to criticize, I would say that this story doesn’t feel as impactful as others in the series. However, as a stand-alone book, it remains an excellent read.


Therefore, you should check Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck out, and find out what it’s all about. You don’t really need to read the previous books, but it’ll definitely feel more familiar if you do!


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