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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 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 move? And don’t miss Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal—the instant #1 bestseller—told from Rowley’s perspective!


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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 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 move? And don’t miss Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal—the instant #1 bestseller—told from Rowley’s perspective!

30 review for Wrecking Ball

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    When the Heffley family inherits money, it is soon decided that a few home improvements are in order. Each family member has their own ideas of what sort of improvements should be made, and naturally, Greg’s ideas are generally self-serving and impractical. Greg deftly demonstrates the illogical reasoning of youth as he dreams and schemes of bigger and better things. From marketing gimmicks at his yard sale to imagining a home with all the “conveniences,” Greg’s whims are certainly creative and When the Heffley family inherits money, it is soon decided that a few home improvements are in order. Each family member has their own ideas of what sort of improvements should be made, and naturally, Greg’s ideas are generally self-serving and impractical. Greg deftly demonstrates the illogical reasoning of youth as he dreams and schemes of bigger and better things. From marketing gimmicks at his yard sale to imagining a home with all the “conveniences,” Greg’s whims are certainly creative and ingenious, if not always practical and right-minded. As the home beautification and renovations get under way, Murphy’s Law comes into play and the calamities begin. Adventures with Greg and the gang are hilarious and ring true to real life to a certain extent – the mishaps may seem exaggerated but I have no doubt that that Greg and his family are not the first nor the last to face the ups and downs of home renovation. Will the end result be worth the toil and trouble? Maybe, maybe not. But at least we readers can get some great laughs along the way and be reminded that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side!

  2. 5 out of 5

    NZLisaM

    Creative, imaginative, amusing fun! Every year as November rolls around I prepare myself for a guaranteed rip-roaringly funny, entertaining, light read, when the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book hits the shelves. We're now up to no. 14 – Wrecking Ball, and this time around, Greg’s family decide to upgrade their house. But living amidst a construction site of course leads to all sorts of hilarity and disaster. I would not want to be neighbours with the Heffley's, or be any where near the vicinity Creative, imaginative, amusing fun! Every year as November rolls around I prepare myself for a guaranteed rip-roaringly funny, entertaining, light read, when the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid book hits the shelves. We're now up to no. 14 – Wrecking Ball, and this time around, Greg’s family decide to upgrade their house. But living amidst a construction site of course leads to all sorts of hilarity and disaster. I would not want to be neighbours with the Heffley's, or be any where near the vicinity of their property. They have the best intentions, but every thing they touch backfires on them. They remind me of the Griswold Family from the National Lampoon films. Like The Simpsons, Greg and company never age – he’s permanently stuck in middle school, although Wrecking Ball’s main focus is his home life (parents and siblings) with few scenes in the school environment. Even Greg's best friend, Rowley rarely made an appearance, but he did have an entire journal devoted to him back in April – Diary of An Awesome Friendly Kid – so probably okay for him to take a backseat. As always the merging of narrative and comic illustrations are pure delight. Relax and enjoy. Recommended for all ages. And if you need cheering up, look no further.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Fatma

    I think it is time for Jeff Kinney to bring in some new blood to the series. There should be one solid idea for every book, not just scattered easy-to-forget situations that are no longer as funny as it was used to be. By the middle of the book i got a hope that the series will finally start to add some changes to Greg's family. But apparently the author seems to be too scared to give the series a new lease of life. I think it is time for Jeff Kinney to bring in some new blood to the series. There should be one solid idea for every book, not just scattered easy-to-forget situations that are no longer as funny as it was used to be. By the middle of the book i got a hope that the series will finally start to add some changes to Greg's family. But apparently the author seems to be too scared to give the series a new lease of life.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    It's like I am literally raising this kid 💟 It's like he's my kid who I want to scold but love him anyway. It's like he's my favourite amongst my fictional children characters (your real mommy loves you all, my middle grade and storybooks favourite characters. No, Matilda. I can never forget you. Shhh! It's just that he's on it again 🤦). I can relate with whatever's is going on in this book. And yes, Kinney's been working hard on this, I can see that! Much much better than some of the books in the It's like I am literally raising this kid 💟 It's like he's my kid who I want to scold but love him anyway. It's like he's my favourite amongst my fictional children characters (your real mommy loves you all, my middle grade and storybooks favourite characters. No, Matilda. I can never forget you. Shhh! It's just that he's on it again 🤦). I can relate with whatever's is going on in this book. And yes, Kinney's been working hard on this, I can see that! Much much better than some of the books in the series. My fictional son here has the same problem as his reader mom here: hoarding problems. While the mom hoards books and (so many other things?!), he is trying to clean up all his lifelong hoardings. Yup, we both ended up feeling lost seeing all his things but also getting wide-eyed surprised remembering his sticker obsession (yes, he got that from me 😁 I still collect stickers!). And yes, we can follow his mom's spring cleaning idea. Much better than Marie Kondo's (it will never work with me. I am an enthusiast! Better follow this mom's methods. Thank you.) I just love how this kid thinks about how famous he would become in the future 🤦🖤 And he gets all these crazy ideas when he has to attend the funeral of one of his great aunts. Damn this kid 😁😁😁😁 And that 'Wrecking Ball" reference to the house construction sent me laughing my socks off 😂🤣 And yes, Manny is still a toddler. I wish he grows up and has some contribution to this madness!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bethany Tyler

    1 star I hate this series now, Greg just gets worse as it goes on. He is such a selfish kid! Like, he wants a friend, but this "friend" has to do WHATEVER he wants. He also couldn't understand why Rowley got so upset about him possibly moving which didn't even happen. It was very unrealistic as well, things surely can't get THAT bad...... Greg is always constantly complaining about literally anything Excuse my ranting people.....😕 1 star I hate this series now, Greg just gets worse as it goes on. He is such a selfish kid! Like, he wants a friend, but this "friend" has to do WHATEVER he wants. He also couldn't understand why Rowley got so upset about him possibly moving which didn't even happen. It was very unrealistic as well, things surely can't get THAT bad...... Greg is always constantly complaining about literally anything Excuse my ranting people.....😕

  6. 5 out of 5

    Faizat

    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!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Naman

    good

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Kahn

    I guess I am stuck at age eleven because these books continue to make me laugh out loud. Greg is such a selfish dick, and yet, I can't help but cackle. I guess I am stuck at age eleven because these books continue to make me laugh out loud. Greg is such a selfish dick, and yet, I can't help but cackle.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ardent Reader

    What a fun and cute series !!! Waiting for the 15th book ❤

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Is this the last book? There was a sort of last book vibe to this one, and some major upheaval in the Heffley family (not divorce or anything, nothing that might be too upsetting for kids). Last book or no, I still laugh until I cry over these books!

  11. 4 out of 5

    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)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vikas

    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. People who don't 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. People who don't read generally ask me my reasons for reading. Simply put I just love reading and so to that end I have made it my motto to just Keep on Reading. I love to read everything except for Self Help books but even those once in a while. I read almost all the genre but YA, Fantasy, Biographies are the most. My favorite series is of course Harry Potter but then there are many more books that I just adore. I have bookcases filled with books which are waiting to be read so can't stay and spend more time in this review, so remember I loved reading this and love reading more, you should also read what you love and then just Keep on Reading.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    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 b 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 there wasn't really anything I related to. (Except maybe the picture of the hairy drain at the beginning lol.) I think it's time to face it that, at 36 years old, maybe I'm finally getting to be too old for these books. I'll get the next one - because no doubt, in November 2020, there will be Wimpy Kid #15 - from the library.

  14. 5 out of 5

    soph

    i only want this book bc cover is cool and miley cyrus is singing a mantra in my head

  15. 5 out of 5

    Isaiah

    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 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 the story are the difficult lifestyles told in the novel, I mean, how would you feel that your life is an improbable level to beat from a video game? I still have to give this a 4-star review, however. I mean, if you read all 14 parts from the series-like me- you can regard that every single story has a predictable ending. Overall, it’s still a surpassing read, especially for elementary students that just want to pause the challenging reads. Same goes for all additional grades as well.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fred Forbes

    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. 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.

  17. 5 out of 5

    David Gallagher

    Worst installment in the series. As someone who expects the release of these like a 12-year-old would, I am disappointed. Incredibly unfunny, repetitive and unimaginative.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Suyog Kunwar

    Amazing Book. This book had a very good beginning with a twist at the end. I had waited for a long time to read this book and when i finally read it i remembered the days when I used to read this book twice or thrice a day. I hope the author of this book writes more books of this series for the "wimpy kid" addicted guys like me. Amazing Book. This book had a very good beginning with a twist at the end. I had waited for a long time to read this book and when i finally read it i remembered the days when I used to read this book twice or thrice a day. I hope the author of this book writes more books of this series for the "wimpy kid" addicted guys like me.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ~Rajeswari~

    Funny and amusing as always.Though i was a bit sad when Greg was moving out leaving Rowley behind with all his childness and laughter. A very amusing and brain-clearing read💕

  20. 5 out of 5

    Horses are coming

    it brought some memories back and it made me laugh.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    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 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 wished for an unexpected inheritance and pondered what we might do with an infusion of cash, which makes the book's central storyline quite relatable. After Greg's mother's Aunt Reba dies and leaves her money to the family, they argue about what to do with this windfall. Eventually, Mrs. Heffley wins out, and the money is earmarked for home improvement, including a nicer kitchen and an addition to the house. But renovation does not go as planned, and the Heffleys find out that their house has some unsavory features, including mold, rotten wood, and mice. After a design error means the addition will need to be torn down, Mrs. Heffley decides that the family should just move to a nicer neighborhood. They find a place, attract a buyer for their old home, but yet another mishap causes a change of plans. In addition to this main plot, Greg must reassure Rowley that they will always remain friends and Greg hatches plans to make money from his old stuff through a yard sale. There were plenty of scenes that amused me as Greg continued on his self-absorbed and self-serving ways. The author knows his times of the year too since this one begins in March, which is typically the time for spring cleaning and home-buying. There are no big ah, ha! moments here, but there is plenty of humor for fans of the series as the author takes readers in some surprising new directions with Greg contemplating the advantages of moving and starting afresh, something many of us have surely considered.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    So funny! Love this series!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mari

    You know, I was all for a really big change in the Wimpy Kid series, but that wouldn't necessarily be on brand, would it? (view spoiler)[I wanted the Heffleys to move, I really did, and the ending line felt like SUCH a cop out. (hide spoiler)] It would bring a much needed change to a series that I never particularly enjoyed in the first place, but is growing stale and repetitive. The situations are not very funny, some are less believable than before, and the characters are becoming less likeable You know, I was all for a really big change in the Wimpy Kid series, but that wouldn't necessarily be on brand, would it? (view spoiler)[I wanted the Heffleys to move, I really did, and the ending line felt like SUCH a cop out. (hide spoiler)] It would bring a much needed change to a series that I never particularly enjoyed in the first place, but is growing stale and repetitive. The situations are not very funny, some are less believable than before, and the characters are becoming less likeable (if they ever were to begin with). After 14 years the series needs something new, but Jeff Kinney seems so afraid of change it's almost funnier than the books themselves.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Casey

    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.

  25. 4 out of 5

    ~TARDIS_Erin~

    Like all of the other Diary of a Wimpy Kid Books, they are good for all ages. I’m 14, and I’m still reading these books. They are a special type of funny that is right for all ages. These books never fail to disappoint. I would highly recommend to kids aged 7-12. I hope you enjoy reading it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    It was good I liked the joke on the last page

  27. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Wynns

    Yes, I am sixteen years old. Yes, I have read all of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. Yes, I received this book for Christmas, and heck yes, I enjoyed it immensely.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Victor The Reader

    Something good happened to the Heffleys, but it will also become something bad. When the family inherits a a large sum of money from a recently deceased relative, they put it into fixing up their crumbing home and of course, chaos and troubles occurs and could leave them with a last resort. It’s a well-built story that has its obvious cracks but still surprisingly sturdy in the end. B+ (83%/Very Good)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Eoghan

    I thought it was a very good book and at the end it had a very good twist.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Fun! 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 house is warranted. In typic Fun! 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 house is warranted. In typical Hefley tradition, the project is a bust, and they lose most of the cash. The fun continues as the Hefleys prepare to move. Oh, the excitement! Of course, Rowley is not pleased and cries at the news. His parents send over congratualtions! :) The formula is still at work in this volume, but it is a fun read. It's a quick read as I knocked it out while waiting in the public library as my children were in their teen council meeting.

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