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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway (book 12) Hardcover – 2017
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The new hilarious story from Jeff Kinney is the best yet in the brilliant, bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series! Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town. With the cold weather setting in and the stress of the Christmas holiday approaching, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family. But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Sun-poisoning, stomach troubles and venomous creatures all threaten to ruin the family's vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?
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In THE GETAWAY we are able to see Greg and his family go away for some relief but end of getting into a whole lot of drama. The great thing about this series is that it shows that like life nothing every turns out exactly as you would like. For Greg even the most simple of things can turn into a full blown disaster or opportunity for things to go horribly wrong.
The fun thing for the reader is that the stories are so easy to relate to, so we don't feel alone when we think about how our expectations and reality doesn't match.
A book that is fun to read and explore---made even more enjoyable through the pictures--- THE GETAWAY is a great literary escape from our own lives.
The thing is, Kinney didn't need to do this. Yes, when you look at some of the things Greg had done in past books, he does exhibit some traits of a emerging psychopath (which I chose to see/classify as "bratiness" before seeing the video) but the fact that Greg held so few things in personal regard (other people's feelings, etc.) is why many people loved/still love the character. In The Getaway so much of this is stripped away and there is a much bigger focus on situational comedy which makes this book feel very plebeian. It's kind of fitting that the picture on the front is of a plane because the entire books feels like it is on autopilot.
I know that others (older) readers will say the books have been slipping in quality over time, but I honestly didn't mind or see this until this one. Again, their are some clear shifts in tone and characterization here, and yes, younger readers might gloss over that, but The Getaway is a turning point/crossroads for the franchise. I'm eager to see where things go from here, but again, while we all know Greg is rather ungrateful and unfeeling -
that's kind of what we want.