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Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-29 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:141974027X
LANGUAGE:English

" Wow! You really don't realise what an arsehole Greg is until you see things from another perspective. He's truly a terrible friend to Rowley. " said.

" This was really terrible but because I'm the worst I buy books just so I can have a full series. " said.

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When my son was in grammar school, he read and reread the Wimpy Kid series. I was passing by a book display, it was the introduction of the latest installment of the series. The perspective of Rowley, who is Greg's best friend, was explored. I was hoping for a fun read and more escapades between the two friends. But, instead, the reader actually got to explore how Greg is just an ordinary manipulator and bully. I thought there would be some life lesson at the end. For example, Greg would apologize and/or Rowley would stand up for himself. So disappointed due to the reputation of the author and the well known series.
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"I love Rowley from this series and got this book as soon as I knew there was a book entirely dedicated to him. But it wasn’t about Rowley. :( I was a little disappointed as the book focused on Greg a lot. I know Rowley and Greg hang out together a lot but I wish the book had focused on Rowley, his family and his other friends. The title is misleading. It should have been titled Diary of Greg from Rowley’s POV. I need a book ABOUT Rowley. :( But Rowley kinda proves how bad Greg is as a friend through his stories.
It’s funny just like the wimpy kid books but deducting 1 star because of not meeting my expectations.
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"Full disclosure: I don't like this series or Greg Heffley at all. I don't find his antics funny or even amusing.
But I *do* really like Jeff Kinney when I've seen him in interviews.
And kids love his books.
So I thought I'd give this one a try, since I thought it'd be more about Rowley and and maybe focus less on Greg. And maybe I'd feel a little tiny bit of the hype that kids feel about these books.
Unfortunately, the book is still just about Greg being a big jerk.
I finished the book feeling sorry for Rowley because he's SO dumb, and just keeps getting mocked and misled and lied to and picked on over and over and over and yet still he stands by his BFF Greg. There were a couple of amusing parts but overall still not my bag.
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"It was okay, and hence the 2-star "it was ok" rating. I'm not a bitter-ender, so I stopped reading the Diary series at book 7, I can't remember where I actually stopped, I think I stopped because at a certain point I felt like they were just releasing books at Christmas as a ploy to sell books as gifts to their market audience and it just felt WAY too commercial at that point. This book is mostly about Rowley's relationship with Greg. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I think that we get a pretty good picture of their relationship from the previous books in this series. There are some books that have really goofy and funny situations that capture that 3/4/5 grade experience that I have found hilarious in this series. Usually, the books revolve around some life-event, a road-trip, summer vacation, etc. There was a lack of that here, this is not to say that there weren't some funny parts, but I did find this disappointing. It was mostly Rowley's bending to Greg's influence regarding their friendship and the activities that they've done together. " said.

" This is the diary of Rowley, Greg Heff's (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) best friend. Rowley gives his perspective on his and Greg's friendship in the same style that the rest of the series is written. Good for ages 8 and up " said.

"I almost didn't read this with all of the horrible reviews I saw! The consensus among adults seems to be that Greg is portrayed as a jerk with no redeeming qualities. Hello! I don't remember any redeeming qualities in any of the 13 DWK books! He has HORRIBLE character! That is who he is, and Rowley was always being bullied and used by him and you ALWAYS wondered why he put up with it, and this was no different in my opinion. I'm glad I read it anyway.

This installment is as funny as the rest. I laughed out loud, right from the gut, many times. The whole studying in the library scene was hilarious, and I can't wait to hear if my son laughs when he reads it because in that situation, Greg could've been swapped for my son. It's a sad truth, and it's best for us (my son and I) to be able to laugh at it now that we're older and wiser.

I continue to maintain that these books are best appreciated by adults and older teens, who have the perspective and understanding to see that they may have been a LITTLE like this when they were in MS but now have matured and laugh about that difficult period in our lives. I see why you don't want your kids reading it, but they love it for reasons I don't understand.

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