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

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Get ready for a whole new look into Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Introducing the newest Wimpy Kid author--Rowley Jefferson! Rowley's best friend Greg Heffley has been chronicling his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals . . . and counting. But it's finally time for readers to hear directly from Rowley in a journal of his own. In Diary of an ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 2019)
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Emily
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I was hoping that this would be a more, well, awesome and friendly book than the Wimpy Kid books but, alas, it was not. Instead, it was a chronicle of Greg's bullying from Rowley's perspective, and Rowley does a lot of minimizing and excusing. It was heartbreaking and very, very real. Like, jeez, this is a seriously abusive relationship. Are there funny parts? Yes, actually, especially if cringe humor doesn't make you feel overwhelming secondhand embarrassment. But oh my gosh poor Rowley! At lea ...more
Patty
Apr 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reading-log
This book was a steaming pile of moldy cheese slices. What a train-wreck. I guess Jeff Kinney has gotten to a point in his career where neither he nor his publisher care what he writes; they just know that money will be made off of it, thanks to the success of Diary of a Wimpy Kid (a series that also needs to be laid to rest, but that’s a different story). This book seemed like it was put together the night before the draft was due to the publisher. It’s dumb, rushed, pointless, and lacks creati ...more
Destiny Henderson
Rowley needs to love himself.

It's no fun reading about how toxic a friend Greg is to Rowley. Greg's never been a saint, but with the focus solely on Rowley, we see how much of a butthole Greg is on a daily basis.

Greg, until you do right by Rowley, nothing's going to work for you.

Also, for a book about Rowley, there's too much Greg in it. On the other hand, who is Rowley without Greg. It might've been more fun if the book explored Rowley begrudgingly listening to his parents and finding other fr
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Em*bedded-in-books*
After reading umpteen diaries of Greg, it was a welcome change to see things from Rowley's point of view . I thoroughly enjoyed his way of telling things..and yes, Rowley is an awesome friendly kid indeed.
Ashley
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, 4-stars, own
I went into this really excited to read about Rowley and the things that go through his sweet little head, but instead I got a book about what a jerk Greg is. And, like, I knew he wasn't the best role model or well-behaved kid, but his books were funny, so I overlooked it.

Not that Rowley's "diary" wasn't funny - I laughed out loud plenty, and enjoyed this book more than the most recent Wimpy Kid book. But it was also a little sad to see Rowley get treated like garbage. These reviews really poin
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Riana
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
For the past few months, this awaited book had many in excited anticipation, had some shaking their heads and rolling their eyes. Why, you ask? Because this book is the story of Greg and Rowley’s friendship, told from a fresh perspective: Rowley’s.

This book is written more as a recollection of happenings from Rowley and Greg’s friendship, rather than a plotted story. Rowley tells readers how he and Greg became friends, shares some good and bad times from their relationship and – most importantly
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KELLY
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got so excited when I saw this in the bookstore! Super funny and cute.

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is my guilty pleasure.
Julie Suzanne
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 l
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Sarah Hadd
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
I guess I’m just an old lady and I don’t see the attraction to these seriously unlikable kids. Oh well. This series really gets kids reading and that’s something!!
Suzie
Apr 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
wow... just awful.
Reilly
Apr 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Greg is such a terrible person lmao

Exceeded my expectations, one of the better newer books of the series and somewhat refreshing I must admit

Rowley needs to get out of this abusive relationship
Laurene
May 24, 2019 rated it did not like it

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 apolog
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James
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Blaze Theil
Apr 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Wow, this book is terrible. I swear, it made me lose respect for two characters that I've always liked. I've always found the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series some of the funniest books I've ever read. Sure, it had some low points, like Double Down. But, just a few months ago, we got the entry that I consider to be the best in the series so far and THIS is how you follow it up? The entire book is just Rowley being an idiot and Greg manipulating him and being a horrible friend. I always knew he wasn't ...more
Daisy
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a funny Diary of a _________ __________ kid story. I prefer the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books to Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, but it still had the same feel. I found it interesting reading from Rowley’s perspective and what he thinks of Greg. Well Done to Jeff Kinney managing to write from a different character’s perspective!
Karen
May 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-and-ya
Disappointing. There were some funny moments, but I wanted a book about Rowley and this was mostly about Greg again. Also, without Greg's inner monologue to humanize him, he's really just a manipulative a**hole and Rowley his abuse victim.
Stephanie
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was great like always! I love Rowley but this book made Greg seem really horrible. He’s not this bad in the other books. It was funny and enjoyable.
Danielle Stacey
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ll forever love the diary of a wimpy kid books. I was laughing out loud as I always do with this series.
AMY
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grades 4-6
217 pages. This is a funny but different take on the friendship of Greg Heffley as written by Rowley. I laughed at many parts throughout the book. However, it is very clear that Greg has quite a history of bullying his friend in every way possible. The author really shows a negative side to Greg. While very realistic, there are moments when I thought - this is horrible! How on earth would a kid continue to be friends with someone who would treat them like this all the time? It would be a great b ...more
Caroline Blommel
May 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Booknerdreads Grace Haddad
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Greg is a horrible friend 😂
Ryan Dreier
May 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Katie
May 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
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 sor
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Ash
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 thr ...more
Holland
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was super excited when I saw this at my local bookstore. I buy anything from Jeff Kinney ASAP!
This, was a ...Big BIG disappointment. I’m a huge fan of the wimpy kid diaries and love the quirkinesses and I was expecting the same fun elements with Rowley’s perspective.
Instead, they are entries on Rowley getting manipulated, verbally and occasionally physically bullied by his “ best friend” Greg.
There’s no silver lining in their relationship nor is this book funny at all. All I saw was a naiv
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Catherine
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Reading this makes you wonder why Rowley is friends with Greg at all. Rowley is truly too nice of a kid. Not many people would put up with Greg. We know from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books that Greg is selfish and not a very good friend, but reading from Rowley's point of view made everything a little harder to take. I thought it made things less funny because it made Greg out to be really awful, which is probably really the case, because Greg isn't going to make himself sound that bad in his ow ...more
Chance Hill
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who Loves the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series!
I think this book could have been better. However, after reading all of the Diary of The Wimpy Kid series, it is fun to see a new point of view for some of the same stories, and see the behind the scenes in another character's life. I wish that Jeff Kinney would have not written this book like it was a "unpublished first draft". It's a little weird. But overall it was a very good book; so good I read it in one afternoon.
Isla
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just plain funny.
Rebecca
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love reading the other version of it(which is The Diary of The Wimpy Kid) so I wanted to try this since it was in discount.
It was as hillarious as the wimpy kid's.So I recommend it to eveyone no matter young or old.
Shalea Reece
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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'.
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