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  • This is a discussion of the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway" based I created this discussion to discuss the new book.

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    My review of the book [CONTAINS MANY SPOILERS]:

    I actually liked the book because it was relateable to me because:

    1. I have flown a lot in my life, and since the book includes a lot about flight travel, I can relate to a lot of it having experienced a lot of that before. I fly out for Thanksgiving most years, because I live in Colorado, USA and all my relatives except my aunt and uncle on my moms side live out of state of Colorado in a state that is in or near the east coast of the USA, and the last three years I took a 1-2 week trip to the Catalunya part of Spain which includes the city of Barcelona, all trips being prior to the recent protests, police violence and votes over Catalon independence, and had to fly to get to Spain. I also dealt with a delayed flight once before. Also I mainly fly with United Airlines since my dad flies a lot for business and mainly uses United Airlines and has lots of frequent flyer miles with them that he mainly uses to pay for the more expensive flights that we take each year, but have flown with Southwest Airlines a few times before, so I can relate to plane flight scenarios from more then one airline. 

    2. Jeff Kinney made the book have as much crazy scenarios in it as he could fit in the book. Although some of the scenarios seemed a little hard to believe, like Manny thinking the conveyor belt was a ride or the kid somehow messing with a button and releasing all the fences creating the lines at the airport, most of the scenarios could have happened, except for a few, such as the ones I had used as examples. I never assumed the conveyor belts were rides when I was a little kid from all the memores I have of flying as a kid, which I did once a year, for most years, having flown out to Aspen, Colorado to ski before moving to Colorado, even though I'd been to Disneyland a few times before, because I was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Colorado when I was 6 years old and visited a few times since, and on one of those trips I visited Disneyland, and knew what amusment park style rides were like. Even having seen amusment park rides and been on them, I never assumed the conveyor belt was a ride, and certainly couldn't fit in the ride, and when I was small enough to, either had never flown until I was to big, or was to young to even know what a conveyor belt was. As for the kid messing with the button, the button would probably not be placed in the middle of all the ropes/fences and probably be accesable to just employees, and having been to many airports across the USA and the aiprort in Barcelona, Spain I don't recall ever seing any electronicly or button controlled ropes/fences, and only the manual kind that you have to stretch/extend he rope out like a tape measure to connect to the poles that hold the rope in place and off the ground.

    However, the scenarios of the spider or the overcrowded airport on one of the busiest days of the year seems a bit more belieavable, as I've seen spiders all over my house over the years and although I've never dealt with an airport so overcrowded that the lines are full to the max, I have seen pretty full airports before that were kind of close to the airport scenario Greg dealt with.

    3. The book didn't have the interesting wording of previous books, but that's probably because the book is about a family vacation Greg takes, and has a bigger emphasis on the crazy scenarios of the plot. There is not much room for interesting words from Greg with so much crazy stuff going on, on his vacation, especially when a lot of the crazy stuff freaked him out, e.g the spider, or effected him, e.g the wet sock puddle.

    4. Although there was few appearances of previous characters outside the Heffley family, the book was about a family vacation that the Heffley family took, not about staying at home and hanging out with friends. The only way for friends to appear in a book all about a family vacation is either to see the friends at the airport, on vacation, or to use a lot of flashbacks or mentions of stuff back home which would make less room for talking about the vacation. This is a family vacation, not a stay at home, hang out with previous characters outside the family kind of book, and there is little room for them to appear. Rowley on makes an appearance because Greg talks about how his vacation might be a chance to make Rowley feel jealous of not getting to do such a fun thing over summer, after also mentioning how hard it is to sound glad for someone when they did something fun over the summer unless it didn't end up so well in the end. The pig makes no appearance which is fine with me, but that's likely since taking a pet on the plane is possible, but probably not easy. I've never taken a pet on a plane flight before so I cannot relate, but assume it is harder then just taking people on a plane.

    Considering all of this, I actually liked the book, even though a decent amount of people didn't and would disagree with my opinion. I like the book mostly because I can relate to it in many ways.

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    • The book does not say more diary of a wimpy kid coming soon at the beginning like it usually does, so does this mean that this is the final book? Just got the book.
      
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    • I preordered the book from Barnes and Noble using a Barnes and Noble gift card I got for christmas from a friend. I would have bought the book with the gift card in person on the day the book came out except there isn't any Barnes and Nobles near me since I live in a small town. The nearest one to my house I have been to a few times, but it's about an hour and a half drive from my house, and not worth driving all the way to, just to pick up a book. I just got notified that the my book has shipped and is on it's way to my house. The online package tracking says it will be here within the next 4 days. Can't wait to read it and not have to worry about spoilers anymore.

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    • I got mine today for about 7 dollars. A steal!! But to be honest, I can say without any doubt that this is easily the WORST book in the series thus far. As of now I have read the first 92 pages, and have not laughed out loud once, and have maybe cracked a smile twice. It's lame, boring and poorly written. I have no clue how this happened considering the comedic genius that Jeff Kinney is.

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    • Same i got the book for 7 bucks i did notice an interesting pattern since the Dog Days and to The Getaway is that Jeff have been doing most of the stories in those books revolves or focused around mostly on the Holidays happening in real life and focused less more on Greg's school .

      I would say the 12th it's pretty good in a way it's innovative than other ones the whole 63 pages of the book i feels like is some of them is completely uncessary just build up for the resort the pacing is an improvement that compared to the Double Down it doesn't feel rushed and my main complaint that i have is that a few of the books takes place in a week or two long which where the whole plot will revolves around.

      One of the things that there's a huge character development within Heffleys.

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    • I have to disagree with you on most of your points. I finished the book this morning, and my opinion hasn't changed. I'm going to list every problem I think the book has, and hope I don't run out of room.

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      (These are in no particular order) 

      1. Artwork is way too detailed

      2. Doesn't cover enough days

      3. Lack of the characters we all love. Rowley was one of the only non- family member that appeared, and only in a few brief instances

      4. Not enough of Greg's classic "sociopathic" behavior and opinions

      5. The entire plot.... It was pretty lame

      6. Humor lacked imagination

      7. Some "humor" was too gross such as the vomit sequence on the plane. Plus, I feel like Kinney crossed a line with the nudist beach scene. I mean, this is a children's series....

      8. Too fast paced

      9. It was obvious that Jeff Kinney was trying way too hard to make the Heffley's vacation as much of a disaster as possible, while totally neglecting what really makes the series funny (see below)

      10. Wasn't worded very well. One of the things that make the Wimpy Kid series so great is the way Greg WORDS things, and not always the situations themselves. I didn't see the usual ingenius wording that appears in the other books

      11. Many scenes were WAY too unrealistic and sort of tie into my point in No. 9. One thing that stood out was the immature choices that Greg's parents make near the end.


      Now I'm going to list the things that were GOOD about the book

      SPOILER ALERT!!!!!

      1. The pig doesn't appear

      And that's about it....

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    • its kinda good

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    • In my opinion this one wasn't funny and it is pretty dumb even without the pig. Double Down was better. It is tied in first place with Old School for dumbest book in the series. For me, anyways.

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    • The Diary of the Wimpy Kid series was basically my childhood, so I may have some biased views about the 12th book, but I think I can agree with the other people who've shared their opinions here: that this is easily one of the poorer books in the spectrum. 

      [SPOILER ALERT]

      Granted, the part where the lost clothes the Heffley's used to get into the golf restaurant was the same lost clothes owned by the family who was going out the beach wearing something for a chilly day was pretty clever, and I kinda like the aspect where Rodrick gets a girlfriend, (but was, to my dissapointment, the aspect was destroyed later on.) Plus the phone turtle scene was slightly funny, and so was the spider scene, (mainly because of how relatable it was.)

      But...It didn't feel like the other Diary of the Wimpy Kid books. It felt as if Kinney was telling the story in more of a third-person format than like a first-person. Felt pretty bland overall, and other parts too unrealistic, like the part where Greg goes boating to escape the security guards, and ends up in a netted area full of dolphins. I liked it when Greg often gave flashbacks like in the last book, and in this book he barely tells any part of his history, making him seem more of a bland character than an actual human. No manipulative actions of thoughts, to my dismay. Where's the pig (not like if I actually liked him/her. It just seems strange how it suddenly dissapeared.) And don't get me started about the nude Wild Zone scene. 

      But, thanks to Wal-mart, the book only costed me $6, so it wasn't a waste of money.

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    • One more thing to add in this book it shows how 1 dimensional the family that lost the bag (the same goes for the minor characters in this book) and how the Heffleys are treated badly and portrating them as thiefs instead of understanding what actually happened. 

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    • FattyUltra67 wrote:
      The Diary of the Wimpy Kid series was basically my childhood, so I may have some biased views about the 12th book, but I think I can agree with the other people who've shared their opinions here: that this is easily one of the poorer books in the spectrum. 

      [SPOILER ALERT]

      Granted, the part where the lost clothes the Heffley's used to get into the golf restaurant was the same lost clothes owned by the family who was going out the beach wearing something for a chilly day was pretty clever, and I kinda like the aspect where Rodrick gets a girlfriend, (but was, to my dissapointment, the aspect was destroyed later on.) Plus the phone turtle scene was slightly funny, and so was the spider scene, (mainly because of how relatable it was.)

      But...It didn't feel like the other Diary of the Wimpy Kid books. It felt as if Kinney was telling the story in more of a third-person format than like a first-person. Felt pretty bland overall, and other parts too unrealistic, like the part where Greg goes boating to escape the security guards, and ends up in a netted area full of dolphins. I liked it when Greg often gave flashbacks like in the last book, and in this book he barely tells any part of his history, making him seem more of a bland character than an actual human. No manipulative actions of thoughts, to my dismay. Where's the pig (not like if I actually liked him/her. It just seems strange how it suddenly dissapeared.) And don't get me started about the nude Wild Zone scene. 

      But, thanks to Wal-mart, the book only costed me $6, so it wasn't a waste of money.

      I actually think that TOO MANY flashback sequences have been featured in the recent books. However, I still agree with you that NOT ENOUGH were featured in the Getaway. Mainly because it would have given us an oppurtunity to see some other recurring characters.

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    • I actually like how the older books is able to balance when to use a flashback to try and make a joke base on what situation Greg is reminesence at the time

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    • By "older" you mean books 1-6? Because if so, I'm in agreement.

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    • trust me when i say; black people think i am very cool. i constantly call them "homey", "king", "my pal", "fam" etc and they love it. many are very impressed that i can talk cool despite being a "cracker jack white boy" (my words) and i often challenge and prove that i can even out-rap them! when i try to show them that my heart is as big as a black guy's they say "nah i trust you". the blacks trust me.

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    • Diarheaofwimpykid420blazeit99 wrote:
      trust me when i say; black people think i am very cool. i constantly call them "homey", "king", "my pal", "fam" etc and they love it. many are very impressed that i can talk cool despite being a "cracker jack white boy" (my words) and i often challenge and prove that i can even out-rap them! when i try to show them that my heart is as big as a black guy's they say "nah i trust you". the blacks trust me.

      Ok

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    • Miles854 wrote:

      This is a discussion of the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway" based I created this discussion to discuss the new book.

      In this discussion feel free to share any thoughts and opinions you have about the book and feel free to share any information, photos or videos related to the book that you would like to share.

      If you have not heard about the book or would like some more info on it, check out: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway

      and/or read the preview chapter of the book released before the books release, at: http://ew.com/books/2017/09/29/diary-of-a-wimpy-kid-the-getaway-jeff-kinney-excerpt/?utm_campaign=entertainmentweekly&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&xid=entertainment-weekly_socialflow_twitter

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      Make sure to keep the discussion within the language guidlines, which can be found at: http://diary-of-a-wimpy-kid.wikia.com/wiki/Diary_of_a_Wimpy_Kid_Wiki/Language_Rules

      and do not spam, or share anything innapropriate (nudity, violence, graphic images and videos, etc.) within this discussion.

      -NO SPOILERS FROM THE BOOK OUTSIDE OF THE PREVIEW CHAPTER OF THE BOOK RELEASED BEFORE THE BOOK CAME OUT PLEASE. ANY SPOILERS YOU POST MUST BE CLEARLY MARKED AS SPOILERS UNTIL ENOUGH TIME HAS PASSED AFTER THE BOOKS RELEASE, TO GIVE TIME FOR ANYONE WHO WANT'S TO READ TO BE ABLE TO-

      -Now you may begin discussing the new book-

      My review of the book [CONTAINS MANY SPOILERS]:

      I actually liked the book because it was relateable to me because:

      1. I have flown a lot in my life, and since the book includes a lot about flight travel, I can relate to a lot of it having experienced a lot of that before. I fly out for Thanksgiving most years, because I live in Colorado, USA and all my relatives except my aunt and uncle on my moms side live out of state of Colorado in a state that is in or near the east coast of the USA, and the last three years I took a 1-2 week trip to the Catalunya part of Spain which includes the city of Barcelona, all trips being prior to the recent protests, police violence and votes over Catalon independence, and had to fly to get to Spain. I also dealt with a delayed flight once before. Also I mainly fly with United Airlines since my dad flies a lot for business and mainly uses United Airlines and has lots of frequent flyer miles with them that he mainly uses to pay for the more expensive flights that we take each year, but have flown with Southwest Airlines a few times before, so I can relate to plane flight scenarios from more then one airline. 

      2. Jeff Kinney made the book have as much crazy scenarios in it as he could fit in the book. Although some of the scenarios seemed a little hard to believe, like Manny thinking the conveyor belt was a ride or the kid somehow messing with a button and releasing all the fences creating the lines at the airport, most of the scenarios could have happened, except for a few, such as the ones I had used as examples. I never assumed the conveyor belts were rides when I was a little kid from all the memores I have of flying as a kid, which I did once a year, for most years, having flown out to Aspen, Colorado to ski before moving to Colorado, even though I'd been to Disneyland a few times before, because I was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Colorado when I was 6 years old and visited a few times since, and on one of those trips I visited Disneyland, and knew what amusment park style rides were like. Even having seen amusment park rides and been on them, I never assumed the conveyor belt was a ride, and certainly couldn't fit in the ride, and when I was small enough to, either had never flown until I was to big, or was to young to even know what a conveyor belt was. As for the kid messing with the button, the button would probably not be placed in the middle of all the ropes/fences and probably be accesable to just employees, and having been to many airports across the USA and the aiprort in Barcelona, Spain I don't recall ever seing any electronicly or button controlled ropes/fences, and only the manual kind that you have to stretch/extend he rope out like a tape measure to connect to the poles that hold the rope in place and off the ground.

      However, the scenarios of the spider or the overcrowded airport on one of the busiest days of the year seems a bit more belieavable, as I've seen spiders all over my house over the years and although I've never dealt with an airport so overcrowded that the lines are full to the max, I have seen pretty full airports before that were kind of close to the airport scenario Greg dealt with.

      3. The book didn't have the interesting wording of previous books, but that's probably because the book is about a family vacation Greg takes, and has a bigger emphasis on the crazy scenarios of the plot. There is not much room for interesting words from Greg with so much crazy stuff going on, on his vacation, especially when a lot of the crazy stuff freaked him out, e.g the spider, or effected him, e.g the wet sock puddle.

      4. Although there was few appearances of previous characters outside the Heffley family, the book was about a family vacation that the Heffley family took, not about staying at home and hanging out with friends. The only way for friends to appear in a book all about a family vacation is either to see the friends at the airport, on vacation, or to use a lot of flashbacks or mentions of stuff back home which would make less room for talking about the vacation. This is a family vacation, not a stay at home, hang out with previous characters outside the family kind of book, and there is little room for them to appear. Rowley on makes an appearance because Greg talks about how his vacation might be a chance to make Rowley feel jealous of not getting to do such a fun thing over summer, after also mentioning how hard it is to sound glad for someone when they did something fun over the summer unless it didn't end up so well in the end. The pig makes no appearance which is fine with me, but that's likely since taking a pet on the plane is possible, but probably not easy. I've never taken a pet on a plane flight before so I cannot relate, but assume it is harder then just taking people on a plane.

      Considering all of this, I actually liked the book, even though a decent amount of people didn't and would disagree with my opinion. I like the book mostly because I can relate to it in many ways.

      I live in Colorado too and I have traveled on vacation a lot

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