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Hard Luck

(Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  62,082 ratings  ·  3,136 reviews
Greg Heffley and his family and friends are back in Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 8, the latest installment in the #1 bestselling series by Jeff Kinney and one of the most anticipated books of 2013. A global phenomenon, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has more than 85 million books in print around the world.

Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson,
Hardcover, 217 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Amulet Books
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Saru (Queen of Bookland)
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Finally read this. It was really funny. I know. I'm way too old for these books but screw that. XD

Also, there will be more books! YAY. :D

Pre-review stuff:

Possibly the LAST book in the series?


I have been reading these books for so long, even if I'm too old for them. They make me laugh so hard, and this can't be the last one.

Archit Ojha
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks
La-la-lala !

One more in the series. Seriously, this guy has a lot of ammunition. Drawing sketches page after page, book after book, pulling off anecdotes at will - he's got to have a Hero Point.

Our Greg is growing up and with that comes the decision making. Well we can argue that he did not wish to grow up on his defense but that thing which stops ageing is yet to be invented.

And summer school is not a solution either. Rolled and rolled in gags when he draws out the books hid by his mom.

Hey, R
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book was fun for me, as children's books with jokes make me forget about life's problems. Thank you, Jeff Kinney!
Ahmad Sharabiani
Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #8), c2011, Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck is a children's novel written by Jeff Kinney and the eighth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The book's existence was announced at the end of the previous book in the series, The Third Wheel. Hard Luck was released on November 5, 2013 in the United States and on November 6 in the United Kingdom.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و هفتم ماه سپتامبر سال 2012 میلادی
عنوان: خاطرات یک بیعرضه: جلد 8، دفترچه سبز چمنی؛
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Possibly the last book of Diary of a Wimpy Kid series."


This will possibly be the death of me.


This sure as hell can NOT be the last book, Mr Jeff Kinney sir!!!!!

P.S. And the live-action films had BETTER carry on, they're sooo funny.


edit on Dec 3rd, 2013

Ok thank heavens it ain't the last book.
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 100-pages
Greg is getting older now. He has many jobs to think of, but he is pretty shocked to see his bestfriend having a girlfriend! That freak him out and he stops spending time with him or rather I say his bestfriend stops spending time with Greg.

I thought somewhere in the middle of the book, great things will start happenning to Greg but he attracts the bad fortune on his own.

The author takes the mandane, day to day stuffs and with Greg, he presents is with such eloquence, leaving the reader laughin
Nov 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Eight books in and still good. Jeff Kinney is one of the most consistently funny writers/cartoonists working right now. Kinney has placed Greg Heffley in the same temporal suspension that all great cartoon characters suffer through. Like Charlie Brown or Eric Cartman, he will never grow older. And this is good, because that means Greg never needs to learn from his mistakes. And that means these books will always be funny. Charles Schulz’ famous rule about comics—it’s the art of doing the same th ...more
Ardent Reader
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a perfect book series for a stress release.

These books have never failed to make me laughing.
Ethan S
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Jeff Kinney has done it yet again. SPOILER ALERT

Greg is having friend problems... yet again. Rowley got a girlfriend and she thinks all the things Rowley and Greg do together are immature. She's taking all the attention away from Greg, and shaping Rowley into something that he's not at the same time! Greg misses all the things Rowley used to do for him... a lot. Rowley use to walk to school with greg and he looked out for dog poop, and carry Greg's bags. Now Rowley walks to school with, Abigail
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' fans and those looking for a reason to laugh out loud
The book was okay... Though there are some funny parts, I was disappointed. I felt that the ending was rushed and very abrupt and that Jeff Kinney could have written more... Nevertheless, its definitely worth a try...
Ms. Vigilante
Oct 16, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people that like a quick read
Normally I don't like DOAWK books because I find the situations the main character Greg puts himself into annoying. However, I didn't mind this one. I think it is the best book in the series because he isn't fighting with his brothers or getting into stupid trouble. He is just going about his business and trying to figure out things as they arise. I have to day I enjoy the magic eight ball he finds and uses because it reminds me of my childhood. I loved that toy. Anyway, I am happy I read this b ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
It's Diary of A Wimpy Kid, so of course it's amusing. Greg isn't getting used to no Rodney in his life and being friendless. The book is different because usually the two are together for tales - here we get him without the friend, trying different things, thinking about family get togethers (cute stuff), trying out a new club at the school, etc. It's better than the last one, although not as good at the first ones.
John ☾
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Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Greg Heffley survived the school dance in the previous book, but his romantic issues are only becoming more complicated. He hardly believes it when his best friend Rowley gets a girlfriend, Abigail. The time Rowley used to spend walking to school with Greg or doing his homework for him now belongs to Abigail, and Greg is irked. Why does Rowley do whatever she wants him to, instead of obeying Greg? It hardly seems fair. With Rowley losing interest in their friendship by the day, Greg has no real ...more
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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He’s back! The Wimpy Kid is back!

The misadventures of Greg Heffley, a middle school student, continue to be a rip-roaring affair striking the funny bones of young and old alike everywhere. A web-comic-turned-novel, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney, which is the eighth installment in the series, is one of the best in the series.

The world has gone crazy for the Wimpy Kid with good reasons. Jeff Kinney is not one of the best children’s writers, but he’s the best inhabiting planet Eart
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Decent and page turner, but not the hilarious book I expected.
Sophie Crane
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book the author understands middle school children which I really like no spoilers but read this book for definite.
Brandon Hein
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greg Heffley wants to spend time with best friend Rowley, but Rowley got himself a girlfriend and ignores Greg, so Greg has to find someone else to hang with. I would recommend this book to all gendered pre-teens and teenagers. One "aha!" I had while reading this book is when Greg went into his mom's closet and saw all of his things his mom took away from him in the earlier books. A thought I have about the next book if Greg and Rowley will become fiends (again.)
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really like this diary of a wimpy kid book because it is really funny. My favourite character is Greg!
Little Retro47
Feb 04, 2014 is currently reading it
this made me lol my god it was funny when greg steped on dog poop
Apr 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This series is great. I always find myself enjoying the story of Greg and his weird adventures. These books are not awesome but it is a pretty good quick read when you are in a reading slump
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hard-luck
This book hard luck is about a boy named Greg Heffly,and he and his best friend Rowley are no longer friends because of his girlfriend Abigail. Rowley has been hanging out with Abigail more that he is with Greg. Greg has been trying to get more friends but its just not working out with him.

Greg and his family were having diner,and Greg's mom said that her family was coming town and that she wanted the family to get along this time.last year their family were having a fight about who should get
Ms. Yingling
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
Greg is upset that Rowley spends so much time with his girlfriend that he is not there to hang out with Greg. He's not there to warn Greg about dog poo on the walk to school, carry Greg's heavy backpack, or protect Greg from the kids who infest the woods. Not only that, but it's even hard to get him to do Greg's homework. Greg tries unsuccessfully to train other classmates to fill this position, but nothing works. Greg finds a Magic 8 Ball while snooping in his mother's closet, and for a while, ...more
Raylyn Lee
I feel this book was okay. It has humor, drama, and so much more. I believe the ending could be better, though. I don't like the fact in the ending Rowley and Greg sort of friends all of the sudden. It seemed like Abigail's actions were magic and it zapped Greg and Rowley to be friends. I would recommend this book to all of my classmates that enjoy funny books. This book is part of a series and I will continue to read the series.
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Greg is growing up fast. The only thing wrong is his rotten luck and getting better at embarrassing himself even more in every situation he gets into.
I feel bad about him in this one as he is all alone by himself.
His brother, Rodrick, got a girlfriend and no longer there to make his life hell. Manny got more friends and doesn't even care about a thing as usual (I just love Manny and his evil mind👍). Even Greg's grandpa got a girlfriend.
Rowley, his supposedly only friend, got a girlfriend too (th
Spencer Post
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is my favorite book EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Every night I get out this book and read it. If you haven't read this you don't know what funny is. When Greg is in the picture, watch out for some hilarious fails!!!!!!
**************************SPOILER ALERT********************************
My most favorite part of the book was when he was trying to get Fregly to be his comedian sidekick. Like Greg said," Girls NEVER go the funny side kick so Fregly won't even be a threat to me." (Jeff Kinney
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Poor Greg is now all alone after Rowley got a girlfriend. But he is determined not to count on Rowley and try to get new friends but to no avail. Along the way Greg finds a Magic 8 ball and uses it to make decisions and as always it backfires. Well another great chapter in Wimpy Kid series .. just keep 'em coming Jeff.

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 eve
Sumirti Singaravel
Its been over a decade ever since I read books with pictures in it(if you care not to include my physics and biology text books in my high school) and I am having a happy, soft, calm feeling catching me on when I finished reading this up. There are plenty of books out there which I missed reading when I was in my childhood or in middle grade, and author Jeff Kinney is one of them. I began reading this up in-order to unwind myself off and to give a whole-hearted light laughter before I plunge dee ...more
martin shoraji
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I woud give this book 5 out of 5 stars because it is a diary of a wimpy kid book and i love this serese and this is one of the best ones yet it talks about greg who is is middle school and he is experiencing things in his life his best friend rowly has a girlfriend now and he is joining the year book club alot of new things are happinging in his life rowly dosent evan hang out with him most of the time any more wich makes him bored alot "But now that there's a girl in the picture,things are TOTA ...more
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hard-copies, wimpy
This series is kind of my guilty pleasure. I enjoy this way more than I should. It's just great to read one of them every once in a while.

I'm not sure what it is though that I like most about it. I do love the drawing and I think it's hilarious. I love how self-absorbed Greg Heffley is. His obsession with his popularity and his endless plans to be popular that ALWAYS backfire. And I love, most of all, the way he sees life and his deep conviction that he's going to make it big someday never actu
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Jeff Kinney is an author of children's books including Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series. Jeff was born in College Park, Maryland, in 1971 where he created a comic strip called "Igdoof."He also created the children's website 'Poptropica'.

Other books in the series

Diary of a Wimpy Kid (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)
  • Rodrick Rules (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #2)
  • The Last Straw (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #3)
  • Dog Days (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #4)
  • The Ugly Truth (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #5)
  • Cabin Fever (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #6)
  • The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #7)
  • The Long Haul (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #9)
  • Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #10)
  • Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #11)

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