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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hot Mess is the upcoming 19th book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It will release on October 22nd, 2024 (worldwide). The cover was revealed on January 26th, 2024. [1] The cover shows Greg Heffley in a large plate of spaghetti and meatballs.

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In Hot Mess, book 19 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley is in for a particularly awkward summer with his whole family.

When the Heffleys agree to spend summer break with both Mom's and Dad's relatives at the same time, they have to figure out how to be in two places at once. With Greg caught in the middle, can the Heffleys pull off the ultimate scheme? Or will their vacation turn into a hilarious hot mess?[2]




  • This is the fourth book to have food on the cover. Here, spaghetti and meatballs are shown.
  • This is the first book since The Meltdown to have Jeff Kinney's name in the bottom-center of the cover.
  • This is the first book since Wrecking Ball to have Greg in a pile of something in the cover, with Wrecking Ball having Greg in a pile of debris, this book has him in a pile of spaghetti.
  • This is the third book to focus on Greg's extended family, with the first being The Ugly Truth and the second being Hard Luck.
    • It'll also be the first book to focus on family on both Frank and Susan's side.
  • According to Jeff Kinney's Instagram, the developmental titles for the book were Short Fuse, Boiling Point, Pressure Cooker and The Wringer until he eventually landed on Hot Mess.[3]
    • The Wringer apparently was a really close second.
  • This is the first book to have lowercase letters in the book title.
  • This is the third book with a red cover. The first was Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the second was Double Down.
  • According to Jeff, the book cover process usually takes months to pull off but this one only took a week and a half.[4]
  • This is the second book to have the cover revealed in any month other than May. The first is Dog Days.




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