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In Wrecking Ball, Book 14 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series—from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney—an unexpected inheritance gives the Heffley family a chance to make major improvements to their home. But they soon find that construction isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When things get rough, will the Heffleys be able to stay . . . or will they be forced to In Wrecking Ball, Book 14 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series—from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney—an unexpected inheritance gives the Heffley family a chance to make major improvements to their home. But they soon find that construction isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When things get rough, will the Heffleys be able to stay . . . or will they be forced to move? And don’t miss Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal—the instant #1 bestseller—told from Rowley’s perspective!


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In Wrecking Ball, Book 14 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series—from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney—an unexpected inheritance gives the Heffley family a chance to make major improvements to their home. But they soon find that construction isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When things get rough, will the Heffleys be able to stay . . . or will they be forced to In Wrecking Ball, Book 14 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series—from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney—an unexpected inheritance gives the Heffley family a chance to make major improvements to their home. But they soon find that construction isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When things get rough, will the Heffleys be able to stay . . . or will they be forced to move? And don’t miss Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal—the instant #1 bestseller—told from Rowley’s perspective!

30 review for Wrecking Ball

  1. 5 out of 5

    NZLisaM

    Creative, imaginative, amusing fun! Every year as November rolls around I prepare myself for a guaranteed rip-roaringly funny, entertaining, light read, when the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book hits the shelves. We're now up to no. 14 – Wrecking Ball, and this time around, Greg’s family decide to upgrade their house. But living amidst a construction site of course leads to all sorts of hilarity and disaster. I would not want to be neighbours with the Heffley's, or be any where near the vicinity Creative, imaginative, amusing fun! Every year as November rolls around I prepare myself for a guaranteed rip-roaringly funny, entertaining, light read, when the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book hits the shelves. We're now up to no. 14 – Wrecking Ball, and this time around, Greg’s family decide to upgrade their house. But living amidst a construction site of course leads to all sorts of hilarity and disaster. I would not want to be neighbours with the Heffley's, or be any where near the vicinity of their property. They have the best intentions, but every thing they touch backfires on them. They remind me of the Griswold Family from the National Lampoon films. Like The Simpsons, Greg and company never age – he’s permanently stuck in middle school, although Wrecking Ball’s main focus is his home life (parents and siblings) with few scenes in the school environment. Even Greg's best friend, Rowley rarely made an appearance, but he did have an entire journal devoted to him back in April – Diary of An Awesome Friendly Kid – so probably okay for him to take a backseat. As always the merging of narrative and comic illustrations are pure delight. Relax and enjoy. Recommended for all ages. And if you need cheering up, look no further.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Faizat

    This book is brilliant. I am 11 and I still love this hilarious book because it makes me laugh out loud. Even when I ask my friends to borrow some of the books, they are kind enough to lend it to me so i can take it home so my big bother even reads them. He loves them too. I have got most of the books. Jeff, you are my favorite author!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Naman

    good

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Kahn

    I guess I am stuck at age eleven because these books continue to make me laugh out loud. Greg is such a selfish dick, and yet, I can't help but cackle.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Tyler

    1 star I hate this series now, Greg just gets worse as it goes on. He is such a selfish kid! Like, he wants a friend, but this "friend" has to do WHATEVER he wants. He also couldn't understand why Rowley got so upset about him possibly moving which didn't even happen. It was very unrealistic as well, things surely can't get THAT bad...... Greg is always constantly complaining about literally anything Excuse my ranting people.....😕

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Is this the last book? There was a sort of last book vibe to this one, and some major upheaval in the Heffley family (not divorce or anything, nothing that might be too upsetting for kids). Last book or no, I still laugh until I cry over these books!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Vikas

    This is the 14th yes #14 book in the series and for me this was just about there. I liked it but because they make you laugh here and there but most of the book was static only focusing on one thing at a time and then just getting stuck there. And Although I finish these books fairly quickly and honestly you can finish one of these in couple of hours easy. Ah well it was okay and I hope that next one would be funnier and better because after all there is going to be #15 for sure. People who don't This is the 14th yes #14 book in the series and for me this was just about there. I liked it but because they make you laugh here and there but most of the book was static only focusing on one thing at a time and then just getting stuck there. And Although I finish these books fairly quickly and honestly you can finish one of these in couple of hours easy. Ah well it was okay and I hope that next one would be funnier and better because after all there is going to be #15 for sure. People who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading. Simply put I just love reading and so to that end I have made it my motto to just Keep on Reading. I love to read everything except for Self Help books but even those once in a while. I read almost all the genre but YA, Fantasy, Biographies are the most. My favorite series is of course Harry Potter but then there are many more books that I just adore. I have bookcases filled with books which are waiting to be read so can't stay and spend more time in this review, so remember I loved reading this and love reading more, you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Fatma

    I think it is time for Jeff Kinney to bring in some new blood to the series. There should be one solid idea for every book, not just scattered easy to forget situations that are no longer as funny as it was used to be. By the middle of the book i got a hope that the series will finally start to add some changes to Greg's family, but apparently the author seems to be too scared to give the series a new lease of life.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Hodgson

    Is it really number 14? That means that every November for the last 14 years, I have been reading this series. Some of the surprising fun of reading about Greg has worn off, from familiarity, but there are always plenty of chuckles along the way. My students are definitely not as interested as they once were (this year, only one single student pre-ordered with me)

  10. 4 out of 5

    || Soph ||

    i only want this book bc cover is cool and miley cyrus is singing a mantra in my head

  11. 4 out of 5

    Isaiah

    The fourteenth division in the “ Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, “Wrecking Ball” by best-selling author, Jeff Kinney, is a striking add on to its shelf. It comes out as an unexpected turn for the Heffley family, as a distant family member sadly passes away, leading on into the story an even greater unexpected turn-they use the money to have an addition to their humble house. Greg Heffley is fully-fledged into this idea, but is it really what it’s cut to be? Certain connections I can make through The fourteenth division in the “ Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, “Wrecking Ball” by best-selling author, Jeff Kinney, is a striking add on to its shelf. It comes out as an unexpected turn for the Heffley family, as a distant family member sadly passes away, leading on into the story an even greater unexpected turn-they use the money to have an addition to their humble house. Greg Heffley is fully-fledged into this idea, but is it really what it’s cut to be? Certain connections I can make through the story are the difficult lifestyles told in the novel, I mean, how would you feel that your life is an improbable level to beat from a video game? I still have to give this a 4-star review, however. I mean, if you read all 14 parts from the series-like me- you can regard that every single story has a predictable ending. Overall, it’s still a surpassing read, especially for elementary students that just want to pause the challenging reads. Same goes for all additional grades as well.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I hemmed and hawed about buying this book - I've kind of been contemplating purging some of my stuff, I don't really need to collect the Wimpy Kid books, and there's starting to be too many in this series that I don't even know if I overly care anymore. I don't know if those feelings were in the back of my mind while I was reading this, or if the books aren't up to the caliber of the earlier books, but I didn't love Wrecking Ball. I didn't find this as funny or quotable as most of the previous b I hemmed and hawed about buying this book - I've kind of been contemplating purging some of my stuff, I don't really need to collect the Wimpy Kid books, and there's starting to be too many in this series that I don't even know if I overly care anymore. I don't know if those feelings were in the back of my mind while I was reading this, or if the books aren't up to the caliber of the earlier books, but I didn't love Wrecking Ball. I didn't find this as funny or quotable as most of the previous books, and there wasn't really anything I related to. (Except maybe the picture of the hairy drain at the beginning lol.) I think it's time to face it that, at 36 years old, maybe I'm finally getting to be too old for these books. I'll get the next one - because no doubt, in November 2020, there will be Wimpy Kid #15 - from the library.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fred Forbes

    The old "in for a penny, in for a pound". Started this series long ago and find it entertaining. Yes, I know it is for kids but for those of us with a sophomoric sense of humor, an appreciation for clever stories and the fun of seeing adult situations through the eyes of a kid, it is a fun read. You will enjoy seeing some of the issues you've had to wrestle with and glad to see they are universal. Well done, as usual.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Reader Boy

    3.5 stars My lack of attention during reading this, made it the most boring Wimpy kid book for me. Also apart from the typical greedy Greg adventures, the story is weak, that's what I feel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This one is a 3.5 for me, and like other reviewers, I continue to be astonished at the realization that this is the FOURTEENTH book in the series and that I've been reading them for as long as I've been teaching college classes full time. There have been moments when I've wondered if author Jeff Kinney's creative well has run dry since he has covered some of the same topics all too often in some of the books. But I was pleasantly surprised to see some new territory explored here. Many of us have This one is a 3.5 for me, and like other reviewers, I continue to be astonished at the realization that this is the FOURTEENTH book in the series and that I've been reading them for as long as I've been teaching college classes full time. There have been moments when I've wondered if author Jeff Kinney's creative well has run dry since he has covered some of the same topics all too often in some of the books. But I was pleasantly surprised to see some new territory explored here. Many of us have wished for an unexpected inheritance and pondered what we might do with an infusion of cash, which makes the book's central storyline quite relatable. After Greg's mother's Aunt Reba dies and leaves her money to the family, they argue about what to do with this windfall. Eventually, Mrs. Heffley wins out, and the money is earmarked for home improvement, including a nicer kitchen and an addition to the house. But renovation does not go as planned, and the Heffleys find out that their house has some unsavory features, including mold, rotten wood, and mice. After a design error means the addition will need to be torn down, Mrs. Heffley decides that the family should just move to a nicer neighborhood. They find a place, attract a buyer for their old home, but yet another mishap causes a change of plans. In addition to this main plot, Greg must reassure Rowley that they will always remain friends and Greg hatches plans to make money from his old stuff through a yard sale. There were plenty of scenes that amused me as Greg continued on his self-absorbed and self-serving ways. The author knows his times of the year too since this one begins in March, which is typically the time for spring cleaning and home-buying. There are no big ah, ha! moments here, but there is plenty of humor for fans of the series as the author takes readers in some surprising new directions with Greg contemplating the advantages of moving and starting afresh, something many of us have surely considered.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    So funny! Love this series!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    It was good I liked the joke on the last page

  18. 5 out of 5

    Eoghan

    I thought it was a very good book and at the end it had a very good twist.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Fun! Diary of a Wimpy Kid Day is fun! I love how Scholastic sends a big box to our school each year with all the pre-orders. Because of how things worked out this year, students were off and teachers were in workshops. I traveled to school thrice during the day to get my copy and prepare those for the students so they could conjole their parents to come in and pick up theirs. All for the love of reading! Greg's mother inherits some money. She decides an addition to the house is warranted. In typic Fun! Diary of a Wimpy Kid Day is fun! I love how Scholastic sends a big box to our school each year with all the pre-orders. Because of how things worked out this year, students were off and teachers were in workshops. I traveled to school thrice during the day to get my copy and prepare those for the students so they could conjole their parents to come in and pick up theirs. All for the love of reading! Greg's mother inherits some money. She decides an addition to the house is warranted. In typical Hefley tradition, the project is a bust, and they lose most of the cash. The fun continues as the Hefleys prepare to move. Oh, the excitement! Of course, Rowley is not pleased and cries at the news. His parents send over congratualtions! :) The formula is still at work in this volume, but it is a fun read. It's a quick read as I knocked it out while waiting in the public library as my children were in their teen council meeting.

  20. 4 out of 5

    TrishaIyer

    I thought the new wimpy kid book was really good.Gregory and his family are thinking about moving. If you want to know if the Greg and his family will move or not you should read it and find out.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mr. Gottshalk

    I finished the latest installment in the series in less than a day! It’s more of the same… One unfortunate event leads to another thing which leads to another thing which leads to another thing. The funniest moment, for me, was when an obscure aunt dies, and the Heffleys go to the wrong funeral! There are some other laugh out loud moments. The book is very similar to all the others. By being so similar, it has many creative plot twists and moments when I had to keep turning the pages, and that’s I finished the latest installment in the series in less than a day! It’s more of the same… One unfortunate event leads to another thing which leads to another thing which leads to another thing. The funniest moment, for me, was when an obscure aunt dies, and the Heffleys go to the wrong funeral! There are some other laugh out loud moments. The book is very similar to all the others. By being so similar, it has many creative plot twists and moments when I had to keep turning the pages, and that’s because of Kinney’s unique writing style. Will continue reading as long as they’re written!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian Big Brain

    I think it was really good. I like the end a lot because i felt that it is funny in the books when things don't go the whey they are planned. That is what happend to the Heffley family and their house.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    When Greg’s family unexpectedly inherits money from Aunt Reba’s estate, they are all in a tizzy deciding what to do with the windfall. Of course, every family member has his own idea. But, since Greg’s mom is the only one that ever wrote Aunt Reba a thank-you note (she says?!!), she gets to decide. So....mom dreams of a new bigger, modern kitchen. Actually Greg’s on board with that idea, too. But, in true Heffley fashion renovation goes terribly awry. The house, the addition, and the family are When Greg’s family unexpectedly inherits money from Aunt Reba’s estate, they are all in a tizzy deciding what to do with the windfall. Of course, every family member has his own idea. But, since Greg’s mom is the only one that ever wrote Aunt Reba a thank-you note (she says?!!), she gets to decide. So....mom dreams of a new bigger, modern kitchen. Actually Greg’s on board with that idea, too. But, in true Heffley fashion renovation goes terribly awry. The house, the addition, and the family are all under The Wrecking Ball. Permits, measurements, inspectors all come together to wreck (no pun intended) havoc on the project. Another hilarious, laugh-out-loud event in the life of Greg Heffley. Not quite sure how Kinney does it, but each Wimpy Kid gets better and better. And....this is one that adults should read if they ever decide to ‘remodel’ their house. They’ll be clued into everything that could possibly go wrong. HA!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    In the latest installment of the Wimpy Kid series, Greg and his parents have inherited some money after an aunt's death. Greg's mom decides that they are going to use the money to renovate and expand the kitchen. In true Wimpy Kid fashion, you know things aren't going to just be that easy. When one thing leads to another, the Heffley family is no better off than when the construction started, so they start to consider a move. I never miss out on reading from this series and am always happy to see In the latest installment of the Wimpy Kid series, Greg and his parents have inherited some money after an aunt's death. Greg's mom decides that they are going to use the money to renovate and expand the kitchen. In true Wimpy Kid fashion, you know things aren't going to just be that easy. When one thing leads to another, the Heffley family is no better off than when the construction started, so they start to consider a move. I never miss out on reading from this series and am always happy to see the next one come out. This addition stays true to the overall series, complete with a fun quip about school and the educational system. (As a teacher, that's always my favorite part.) Fans of the series will love this, and as always, it would also stand alone for those who haven't read any of the previous 13 books.

  25. 5 out of 5

    C2 Arthur

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball has been an amazing story from when Greg's house starts falling apart to where manny somehow gets his own house, it is truly a one of kind book. I believe that Greg in this book shows extreme optimism because when his mom decides to use all the inheritance money for her own needs he doesn't pout or whine or anything, he just goes with the flow. Even in the end, he shows optimism when he says "So here's the lesson I'm taking away from all this: Don't be late fo Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball has been an amazing story from when Greg's house starts falling apart to where manny somehow gets his own house, it is truly a one of kind book. I believe that Greg in this book shows extreme optimism because when his mom decides to use all the inheritance money for her own needs he doesn't pout or whine or anything, he just goes with the flow. Even in the end, he shows optimism when he says "So here's the lesson I'm taking away from all this: Don't be late for an old lady's funeral. Because believe me, she'll make you pay.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anonymous

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don't know what the hell is wrong with this website...why are u askin me to review before I even read it?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zoe Wynns

    Yes, I am sixteen years old. Yes, I have read all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Yes, I received this book for Christmas, and heck yes, I enjoyed it immensely.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Deep_Abyss

    Let’s just say that this wasn’t bad...it was okay. At least 94% of this book is about Greg’s family wanting to rebuild their house and the crazy things that happen when construction starts. Also another portion is Greg and Rowley on their friendship because he might move. And a whole chapter is dedicated to Greg trying to sale his junk from a oversized closet. Just a summary of what mostly happens. No spoilers. This was a load of humor and trouble and some of it was pretty unbelievable for me. I k Let’s just say that this wasn’t bad...it was okay. At least 94% of this book is about Greg’s family wanting to rebuild their house and the crazy things that happen when construction starts. Also another portion is Greg and Rowley on their friendship because he might move. And a whole chapter is dedicated to Greg trying to sale his junk from a oversized closet. Just a summary of what mostly happens. No spoilers. This was a load of humor and trouble and some of it was pretty unbelievable for me. I kind of didn’t know what to do with this humor but the book was pretty easy to get through and read. However, thought there were some things I agreed with some of this humor actually made me laugh out loud . It picked up really fast from there. Rodricks band started playing out on the back deck, and the music attracted some teenagers who were at a high school graduation party a few doors down. Then it seemed like everyone on our street was at our party all at once, and it got crazy . There’s probably a lesson I could learn from this whole experience, like “be happy with what you’ve got” or “there’s no place like home” or that sort of thing. But that’s the kind of corny stuff they put in books for little kids. The thing I liked about this book is that we get to see some humor and wit but a gentle balance to both. While some of the situations were hilarious, for example like a stress lizard getting released from the cage which caused Greg to fail his test . Than again, it’s a long story. If it was for me to say, I would not buy this book. It’s a good almost twenty dollars when you can get it at the library and read it for free . The fact that it is also 220 pages and goes by in a flash makes you want to save your cash. (Hey that rhymes.) I liked the book at times though because it was funny and I found myself laughing hysterically. While it did go by quick, I appreciated the funny vibe added to it. I would say this book is more of a comedy instead of a plain teen novel for middle graders. This book went by quick and I did not mind reading it one bit. (Hey that also rhymes too.) It wasn’t all that horrible. What made me raise my rating was that Greg is a honest boy and knows he makes mistakes but at least he knows. He tries and maybe he talks too much about things he wants to do (for example wanting an expensive house full of so much luxury like a bowling alley ) but he is a boy who dreams big and I guess that is what counts.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lynley

    Has Jeff Kinney recently undertaken renovations? (This plot may be inspired by Kinney buying an old colonial building in the centre of Plainsville and turning it into a bookshop?) I've seen home renovations as a plot sequence in children's literature before -- there's a Ramona Quimby book in which the Quimbys get a new extension. (It's also part of the Ramona and Beezus movie, based on Beezus and Ramona, Ramona Forever and Ramona's World.) For Ramona, the renovation was about displacement and fe Has Jeff Kinney recently undertaken renovations? (This plot may be inspired by Kinney buying an old colonial building in the centre of Plainsville and turning it into a bookshop?) I've seen home renovations as a plot sequence in children's literature before -- there's a Ramona Quimby book in which the Quimbys get a new extension. (It's also part of the Ramona and Beezus movie, based on Beezus and Ramona, Ramona Forever and Ramona's World.) For Ramona, the renovation was about displacement and fear of change. Wrecking Ball is more about the utter chaos of renovation -- something adults mainly deal with, and I'd have thought this is more of an adult problem. However, Kinney and his team have pulled it off -- they've made the chaos of home renovation relatable to kids. Greg creates his dream home, which is pretty funny and I can see kids emulating this as an imaginative exercise. This 2019 book is more of the same... If you've read the other Wimpy Kids you know what to expect. One minor difference perhaps: I did notice Greg struggling a bit more because he's a boy who likes to do non-manly stuff. For example crafting. He tells us that if anyone gives him grief over crafts he'll throw glitter in their faces. What's off-the-page but abundantly clear: He'll be given grief for crafting because crafting is girly. This isn't new -- I just noticed it even more in this one, probably because of the subject matter. As ever, but intensified, it's Greg's Dad indoctrinating him and his older brother into the manly man's world of home renovation. As part of his 'wimpy' persona, Greg will never be a manly man. And, as ever, I just really, really wish this was handled better. Because as it stands, book after book after book in this uber-popular series, the gender binary is reinforced rather than interrogated. And it could so easily have gone the other way in this one, dammit. When is my kid gonna grow out of these books? Hopefully by the next one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    MasonD

    I liked it but it pretty much just follows the path of the other books. something tragic happens, they get something good out of it, but it ends up turning sideways. and honestly, I just needed something quick and easy to read.

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