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The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-02 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 61 user ratings
ISBN:1419725459
LANGUAGE:English

" As long as Jeff Kinney follows his successful formula for writing these books, I will read them! Funny, gullible characters, and familiar situations gone wrong are what the Heffleys are in for when Mrs. H. plans a trip to a Caribbean Island as their big family Christmas gift. This one was hard to put down after they arrived at the all-inclusive resort. I really liked it, but not worthy of 5 stars. " said.

" This one was much more enjoyable then the last several that have come out, and I know the series is a huge cash cow, but I think it's about time Greg graduates to high school and we all move on. " said.

" great mindless entertainment. the plot was good and these books are always rly quick to finish. i will say i love gregs narration he's so sarcastic and just done. " said.

" I enjoy this series and have read them all, but I would have to say this is my least favorite of the 12. I loved 'The Long Haul' and thought it very funny, so I was hoping another family vacation would be hilarious. Not so much. On the other hand, it's always good to visit with Greg and his family. " said.

"The first part of this book had me cringing and tense as Greg experienced EVERYTHING I hate about air travel. So well done, Jeff Kinney, for making that so believable and putting me right in it.
Overall-funny, typical terrible Manny (that kid's the worst), Rodrick is becoming more likable, and, as my husband said "you need to be willing to put aside disbelief to fully enjoy this one." That's true. But yes, very enjoyable. Those poor Heffleys just can't catch a break. Is it the best children's book I've ever read? Certainly not. Does it need to be? Nope.
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"I kept forgetting to bring home a copy of The Getaway. Not shocking, since I was still disappointed by Double Down's lack of any apparent plot. I had been booktalking historical fiction, and since my favorite has always been books written in years past, I had a copy of Henry Reed, Inc., that came home in the same backpack.

The Getaway is probably the best Wimpy Kid yet, and had the most plot. Basically, Greg's parents decided to spend Christmas break at a warm, exotic resort, cost be danged, but when they head off to Isla de Corales, nothing goes right. They have trouble getting on the flight, their luggage gets lost, there are bugs, the father gets ill from the water, the activities are all booked up, and Roderick runs off with a girl instead of hanging at the teen zone with Greg. For most students, who have never traveled to an exotic locale, the details of the trip will be new and interesting (Who knew about so many bugs in these fancy resorts? Makes sense, never thought of it.), and will also make them feel better about not traveling. Greg tries to have adventures and strike out on his own, which causes problems, and his family actually deals fairly well with everything that comes their way. The ending actually had a bit of a twist and closure not usually found in these books.

But I still didn't care for it, even though it read more like Big Nate Sails the Bahamas. I realized why when I read Henry Reed. Fascinatingly, it came out on the same date 59 years ago, and the colors are even similar. (Blues are now very green based, making my huge quilting stash hard to use with new fabric!)

Yes, the 1950s had their problems. But Greg Heffley and his family are negative and boring to me, and I don't want to be a part of their world for very long. The fact that my students do, when they could instead be spending time with Henry or Anne or Homer or Laura... it just makes me sad.
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" okay! you never get too old to read childish books. *covering my face w/ hands* " said.

" Jeff Kinney must have known that whenever he writes about Heffleys going on a trip, he creates a masterpiece. " said.

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