Your Middle School Diary? The Wimpy Kid’s Diary Reads Like Real Life
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is the sequel to the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and, like the original, it’s a hilarious novel in cartoons. While some books entertain by presenting impossible or improbable scenarios, this book presents realistic humor that will remind readers of their own time spent in middle school. Imagine if someone kept a diary for you in middle school, recording only you and your family’s funniest or most wince-worthy moments, then imagine that they drew pictures throughout the diary to illustrate events, and you may conclude with a fair idea of the appeal of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series. While the sheer number of chuckle-worthy events in the “Wimpy Kid”’s life seems rather unrealistic at times, there are also moments in which the book strikes almost painfully close to real life. I still remember my own middle school years vividly, and there was more than one moment in the book that made me shut it, wincing or grinning in appreciation of how near it was to the events of my own life. The obsession with worthless marks of status, the changing dynamics between male and female, and the constant rumor-mongering of the middle-schoolers in the novel mimics the state of middle school, as I recall it, remarkably well. And the transparently self-serving, yet still humorous, behavior that characterizes the “Wimpy Kid” reminds one of how selfish these years are, allowing the reader to laugh at himself. I recommend this book for anyone who would like a stroll down memory lane, anyone who wants to remember those more innocent, humorous years.