The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney
(Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 5)

74%

14 Critic Reviews

It was funny, good and the best of the series of five Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney.
-National Post arts

Synopsis

"Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth" is the massively funny fifth title in the highly-illustrated, bestselling and award-winning "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series by Jeff Kinney. Perfect for both boys and girls of 8+, reluctant readers and all the millions of devoted Wimpy Kid fans out there. You can also discover Greg on the big screen in any one of the three "Wimpy Kid Movie" box office smashes. The massively funny fifth book in the bestselling and award-winning "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series. Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really all it's cracked up to be? Suddenly Greg is dealing with the pressures of boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and even the awkward changes that come with getting older. And after a fight with his best friend Rowley, it looks like Greg is going to have to face the "ugly truth" all by himself...Praise for Jeff Kinney and the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series: "The world has gone crazy for Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" series". ("Sun"). "Kinney is right up there with J K Rowling as one of the bestselling children's authors on the planet". ("Independent"). "Hilarious!". ("Sunday Telegraph"). "The most hotly anticipated children's book of the year is here - "Diary of a Wimpy Kid". ("The Big Issue"). As well as being an international bestselling author, Jeff Kinney is also an online developer and designer. He is the creator of the children's virtual world, poptropica where you can also find the Wimpy Kid boardwalk. He was named one of "Time" magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2009. He lives with his family in Massachusetts, USA.
 

About Jeff Kinney

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Jeff Kinney is an online game developer and designer, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. In 2009, Jeff was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. He spent his childhood in the Washington, D.C., area and moved to New England in 1995. Jeff lives in southern Massachusetts with his wife and their two sons. 
 
Published October 30, 2012 by Amulet Books. 224 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Ugly Truth
All: 14 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 2

Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by dalmenyp67 on Feb 06 2015

My favorite character in the book is Greg because he does a lot of things that most people would never do. He is also very kind to some people but the rest not really...This book is a 8+ age rating because it can sometimes be very silly.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Soup10 on May 19 2014

This was a really good book by Jeff Kinney. It has lots of embarrassment. I would recommend this book for ages between 8 and 14.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Jessie on Mar 04 2011

This book is an international bestseller so people would expect it to be great but if I had to say my favourite Diary of a Wimpy Kid book, it definitely wouldn't be this one.

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Publishers Weekly

Good
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Nov 08 2010

Kinney hasn't lost his touch for spinning universal details of middle-school life into comic gold—he doesn't have to worry about becoming a dirt sandwich anytime soon.

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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by Phyllis J. Perry on Nov 09 2010

The quick pacing and humor yield a very enjoyable read.

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National Post arts

Excellent
Reviewed by National Post on Dec 17 2011

It was funny, good and the best of the series of five Wimpy Kid books by Jeff Kinney.

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LA Times

Good
Reviewed by Susan Carpenter on Nov 12 2010

No one said growing up was easy. In Kinney's hands, it's not only difficult but laugh-out-loud hysterical. 

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Booklist Online

Excellent
Reviewed by Andrew Medlar on Jan 01 2010

Once again, Kinney remains unerringly attuned to the tween psyche as he packs in rapid-fire experiences in words and cartoons that are bust-a-gut funny, beg-to-stay-home-from-school mortifying, and completely authentic in all their ugly truths.

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The Bookbag

Above average
Reviewed by John Lloyd on Nov 05 2010

I don't think it's as brilliant as the last one of these I met, Dog Days, but on a good day it could well have received four and a half stars.

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Common Sense Media

Below average
Reviewed by Carrie R. Wheadon on Jan 10 2010

Here we are at number five already! No, the series isn't as fresh and irreverent as it used to be.

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Portland Book Review

Good
Reviewed by M. Chris Johnson on Feb 04 2011

Bravo, Mr. Kinney in this brilliantly funny series!

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National Geographic for Kids

Good
Reviewed by National Geographic on Jun 15 2011

I wish the author would write books quicker because they are so good I can’t wait to read them

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Allan Brimbecom on Dec 17 2010

There are hilarious scenes with musical instruments, people saying funny things, and people doing funny actions. The thing I think would be better is if Rowley was in it more. Something I didn’t like was there was a scene of people making out.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by pietastetfunny on May 26 2011

I feel like he gives a really good middle school experience, and it is pretty realistic.

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