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Wrecking Ball

(Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14)

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,610 ratings  ·  134 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Amulet Books
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Jun 25, 2019 added it
Fred Forbes
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let’s just say that this wasn’t 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/>
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-stars, 2019, own
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 ...more
Mr. Gottshalk
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoy the Wimpy Kid series, and I'm an adult who jumped on board with the first book. This book just felt a bit flat - the home improvement part was a bit over the top (but everything in Greg's life is!) and while I liked the part about selling the home (again, over the top, but that's Greg's perspective on things) but it fell flat this time. I liked Rowley's part in this book, but he seemed like such a minor character this time, that it was almost like an afterthought to include him. I still ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best Diary of a Wimpy Kid books yet!! Good one, Jeff Kinney!!
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. 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
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Funny as always. This time they try to extend their house and they try to sell their house. Rowley was absent from most part of the book and I really missed him. The conclusion that Greg comes to at the end of the book made me laugh out loud.
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)
Nov 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
Boo! I think I’m done. Usually each book makes me laugh at least a few times. This one I didn’t laugh once. Sorry Mr. Kinney, I think your series had a solid start but now it’s time to start a new project, imo.
Andrew C
Be happy with what you've got
|| Soph ||
Oct 24, 2019 marked it as to-read
i only want this book bc cover is cool and miley cyrus is singing a mantra in my head
Love this series so much! These books are truly timeless, I started reading them almost five years ago and I haven't looked back. Although they are intended for pre-teen aged readers, there is something here for everyone!
Such a quick read with the same fast-paced plot line and love-able characters. Highly highly recommend!
Sidebar- If you are trying to learn a language Wimpy Kid has been translated into everything short of Dothraki (give them time). I cannot tell you how much this helped me with learning
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I don't like these books anymore. Greg is in junior high now and it's not cute anymore. His family is doing a construction project on their house, and it's one problem after another. I do like the illustrations. However, my kids at work still like to read them, so I guess that's the important thing.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was worth the wait, and when it arrived it came in like a wrecking ball. Greg always loved the idea of expanding his house. When he comes into an unexpected inheritance, his family can now get the house of their dreams. I loved this book because the illustrations helped the reader visualize what was happening. I would recommend this book to students in grades 5-8. I would also recommend this book to people who love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and who love comedy.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was great. Greg is afraid of the grout he doesn't want to go near the drans he is also careful about the toilets too. Him and his family find some bad things that go wrong in there house. I mean bad things.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Changes are coming for the Heffleys.  When Greg’s great aunt Reba passes away suddenly, the Heffleys find money is coming to them which means major renovations to the house they’ve called a home.  When the renovations begin to go awry, the Heffleys make a big decision that could change their lives forever!

Written and illustrated by Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 14:  Wrecking Ball is a young adult comedy book.  The novel is the follow-up to Diary of a Wimpy Kid 13:  The Meltdown a
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 ...more
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
Andrew Sammut
I enjoyed the first books in the series much better. I feel as though the quality is decreasing drastically and each year, Greg becomes more selfish and annoying. Seeing that Kinney says the character is based on him, I feel sad for the author. In this book, I feel as though the topic of looming death is quite frequent. It starts with the Heffley family's aunt dying and leaving them all her wealth. Greg continuously discusses how he wouldn't leave a penny behind because all the money did was cau ...more
Chris Browning
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Last year’s Wimpy Kid book introduced the notion that Greg has always been upper middle class, if not full upper, and in this one we finally deal with a central aspect of the life of the upper middle class in youth: the home renovation. As per usual in these books, it goes poorly, and the whole thing ends with the Heffley’s almost moving before a series of events destroys their house and they are forced to stay, the buyers having pulled out. This is a bit disappointing, especially because a new ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.

Salena He
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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 hous
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The 14 book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series “Wrecking Ball”, by Jeff Kinney is probably one of the best books in the series. What I found interesting about this book in particular was that it actually focused on something different. Of Course it talked about what was happening in Gregs life but it introduced the possibility that he will move. This really got me to want to read this book, and in my opinion it didn't let me down.Every time I read these types of books I feel insanely happy. I l ...more
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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 14 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)
  • Hard Luck (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #8)
  • The Long Haul (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #9)
  • Old School (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #10)