Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid
Get ready for a whole new look into Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid! Introducing the newest Wimpy Kid author--Rowley Jefferson! Rowley's best friend Greg Heffley has been chronicling his middle-school years in thirteen Diary of a Wimpy Kid journals . . . and counting. But it's finally time for readers to hear directly from Rowley in a journal of his own. In Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, Rowley writes about his experiences and agrees to play the role of biographer for Greg along the way. (After all, one day Greg will be rich and famous, and everyone will want to know his life's story.) But Rowley is a poor choice for the job, and his "biography" of Greg is a hilarious mess. Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson's Journal offers readers a new way to look at the Wimpy world--one fans won't want to miss!

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid Details

TitleDiary of an Awesome Friendly Kid
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 9th, 2019
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
ISBN-139781419740275
Rating
GenreHumor, Childrens, Middle Grade, Sequential Art, Graphic Novels

Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid Review

  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    I was hoping that this would be a more, well, awesome and friendly book than the Wimpy Kid books but, alas, it was not. Instead, it was a chronicle of Greg's bullying from Rowley's perspective, and Rowley does a lot of minimizing and excusing. It was heartbreaking and very, very real. Like, jeez, this is a seriously abusive relationship. Are there funny parts? Yes, actually, especially if cringe humor doesn't make you feel overwhelming secondhand embarrassment. But oh my gosh poor Rowley! At lea I was hoping that this would be a more, well, awesome and friendly book than the Wimpy Kid books but, alas, it was not. Instead, it was a chronicle of Greg's bullying from Rowley's perspective, and Rowley does a lot of minimizing and excusing. It was heartbreaking and very, very real. Like, jeez, this is a seriously abusive relationship. Are there funny parts? Yes, actually, especially if cringe humor doesn't make you feel overwhelming secondhand embarrassment. But oh my gosh poor Rowley! At least Rowley's parents call out Greg for being a horrible friend, but wow. Parents and kids who want a more positive Wimpy Kid need to look elsewhere, but I would consider this book necessary reading for fans of Wimpy Kid for an alternate perspective on Greg's behaviors.Edit to add: this is like Cat's Eye for kids, without the character development.
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  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a steaming pile of moldy cheese slices. What a train-wreck. I guess Jeff Kinney has gotten to a point in his career where neither he nor his publisher care what he writes; they just know that money will be made off of it, thanks to the success of Diary of a Wimpy Kid (a series that also needs to be laid to rest, but that’s a different story). This book seemed like it was put together the night before the draft was due to the publisher. It’s dumb, rushed, pointless, and lacks creati This book was a steaming pile of moldy cheese slices. What a train-wreck. I guess Jeff Kinney has gotten to a point in his career where neither he nor his publisher care what he writes; they just know that money will be made off of it, thanks to the success of Diary of a Wimpy Kid (a series that also needs to be laid to rest, but that’s a different story). This book seemed like it was put together the night before the draft was due to the publisher. It’s dumb, rushed, pointless, and lacks creativity in all areas. For a kid’s book, the grammar is horrendous. Kids who are already reluctant readers are going to think lazy writing is acceptable after reading this book. As characters, both Greg and Rowley are complete and total idiots; it is literally impossible to like, or even tolerate, either of them. I feel bad for the trees that were cut down in order to print copies of this book.
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  • Em*bedded-in-books*
    January 1, 1970
    After reading umpteen diaries of Greg, it was a welcome change to see things from Rowley's point of view . I thoroughly enjoyed his way of telling things..and yes, Rowley is an awesome friendly kid indeed.
  • Destiny Henderson
    January 1, 1970
    Rowley needs to love himself.It's no fun reading about how toxic a friend Greg is to Rowley. Greg's never been a saint, but with the focus solely on Rowley, we see how much of a butthole Greg is on a daily basis. Greg, until you do right by Rowley, nothing's going to work for you.Also, for a book about Rowley, there's too much Greg in it. On the other hand, who is Rowley without Greg. It might've been more fun if the book explored Rowley begrudgingly listening to his parents and finding other fr Rowley needs to love himself.It's no fun reading about how toxic a friend Greg is to Rowley. Greg's never been a saint, but with the focus solely on Rowley, we see how much of a butthole Greg is on a daily basis. Greg, until you do right by Rowley, nothing's going to work for you.Also, for a book about Rowley, there's too much Greg in it. On the other hand, who is Rowley without Greg. It might've been more fun if the book explored Rowley begrudgingly listening to his parents and finding other friends before going back to Greg. You know, it's been a while since I read some of the DOAWK books, but I think I remember Rowley becoming great friends with some other boy and Greg was so jealous! Anyway, this book was by no means terrible, but I didn't enjoy most of it. I did really like Rowley's corny superhero and how much he loved his parents. Rowley's quirky, sweet, and utterly embarrassing, but at least he's not Greg. (view spoiler)[ Also, I wanted Greg to get more of a comeuppance, and the only time he was seemingly nice is when he stood up for Rowley's grade. But, of course, he had his own ulterior motives. I mean kids aren't perfect, but Greg is just nasty. (hide spoiler)]-1 for enjoyment
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    I went into this really excited to read about Rowley and the things that go through his sweet little head, but instead I got a book about what a jerk Greg is. And, like, I knew he wasn't the best role model or well-behaved kid, but his books were funny, so I overlooked it. Not that Rowley's "diary" wasn't funny - I laughed out loud plenty, and enjoyed this book more than the most recent Wimpy Kid book. But it was also a little sad to see Rowley get treated like garbage. These reviews really poin I went into this really excited to read about Rowley and the things that go through his sweet little head, but instead I got a book about what a jerk Greg is. And, like, I knew he wasn't the best role model or well-behaved kid, but his books were funny, so I overlooked it. Not that Rowley's "diary" wasn't funny - I laughed out loud plenty, and enjoyed this book more than the most recent Wimpy Kid book. But it was also a little sad to see Rowley get treated like garbage. These reviews really point out that this book isn't as "awesome" or "friendly" as the title implies, and it a little bums me out that this book about Rowley is another excuse to push out more Greg. In short, less Greg, more Joshie.
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  • KELLY
    January 1, 1970
    I got so excited when I saw this in the bookstore! Super funny and cute.The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is my guilty pleasure.
  • Riana
    January 1, 1970
    For the past few months, this awaited book had many in excited anticipation, had some shaking their heads and rolling their eyes. Why, you ask? Because this book is the story of Greg and Rowley’s friendship, told from a fresh perspective: Rowley’s.This book is written more as a recollection of happenings from Rowley and Greg’s friendship, rather than a plotted story. Rowley tells readers how he and Greg became friends, shares some good and bad times from their relationship and – most importantly For the past few months, this awaited book had many in excited anticipation, had some shaking their heads and rolling their eyes. Why, you ask? Because this book is the story of Greg and Rowley’s friendship, told from a fresh perspective: Rowley’s.This book is written more as a recollection of happenings from Rowley and Greg’s friendship, rather than a plotted story. Rowley tells readers how he and Greg became friends, shares some good and bad times from their relationship and – most importantly – reminisce about their sleepovers. Although Rowley comes across as a bit of a goody-two-shoes in this book, he is, at times, surprisingly perceptive.In order not to spoil anything, I won’t say much about the events Rowley recalls, but I will say that this book had me completely baffled at first (and to some small degree still has). The reason for this, is that some of Rowley’s descriptions of Greg does not quite seem to fit. Although Greg is not one of those protagonists that one comes to adore and admire, one does develop somewhat of an attachment to him after thirteen installments of family drama, disastrous holidays, school project deadlines and decision making pressures. And, although we got to know him as a cynical kid with an unusually dry sense of humour, he was not portrayed as the deliberately annoying type who is so desperate for attention that you just want to tell him to “cut it out already”. Despite his unpopular outlook on life and somewhat lethargic attitude, we still get to know a boy who has the frightfulness to know when his mom is feeling sad and keeps a concerned eye on his toddler brother playing alone in the pool. And, despite being somewhat of a wise-crack, he is far from an extroverted babble-mouth. Yet, that is exactly the Greg we meet in Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid. This incongruity simply does not make sense.Rowley’s narration is somewhat simpler than Greg’s and the book overall seems as if it will appeal more to a slightly younger market than Diary of a Wimpy Kid. It is about the same length as the average Wimpy Kid book. The font choice is different and appear a little bit larger. Rowley’s entries have no indication of days or months (like Greg’s do) and are instead represented as a collection of thoughts. Unlike Greg’s, Rowley’s characters do not have noses or ears and his drawings, in general, contains less details.It is hard to be sure where Kinney is headed with Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, but it is definitely in a somewhat different direction than Greg’s wimpy tales. I am also guessing that it will appeal more to a slightly younger market than Diary of a Wimpy Kid. If you are a die-hard Wimpy Kid fan, do not be surprised if you do not like this and try not to be disappointed. Rather, see this as a related, but different series that caters to a different taste.
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  • Sarah Hadd
    January 1, 1970
    I guess I’m just an old lady and I don’t see the attraction to these seriously unlikable kids. Oh well. This series really gets kids reading and that’s something!!
  • Suzie
    January 1, 1970
    wow... just awful.
  • Reilly
    January 1, 1970
    Greg is such a terrible person lmao Exceeded my expectations, one of the better newer books of the series and somewhat refreshing I must admit Rowley needs to get out of this abusive relationship
  • James
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good, funny book just like the rest of the series of the wimpy kid books. But it was very different than I thought it was going to be. It was more about Greg than Rowley which was very oddly surprising. Anyway it was still an awesome book.
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  • Blaze Theil
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this book is terrible. I swear, it made me lose respect for two characters that I've always liked. I've always found the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series some of the funniest books I've ever read. Sure, it had some low points, like Double Down. But, just a few months ago, we got the entry that I consider to be the best in the series so far and THIS is how you follow it up? The entire book is just Rowley being an idiot and Greg manipulating him and being a horrible friend. I always knew he wasn't Wow, this book is terrible. I swear, it made me lose respect for two characters that I've always liked. I've always found the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series some of the funniest books I've ever read. Sure, it had some low points, like Double Down. But, just a few months ago, we got the entry that I consider to be the best in the series so far and THIS is how you follow it up? The entire book is just Rowley being an idiot and Greg manipulating him and being a horrible friend. I always knew he wasn't exactly a good kid, but some of this stuff is out of character even for him. The stories are not particularly creative, the jokes are rarely funny to anyone who isn't under the age of five. That's probably the age group that this is for. I always thought that this series had something for everyone. But, there is nothing in here for anyone who doesn't have an underdeveloped brain. Oh, well. Maybe I'm being to harsh. One of my favorite things about the other books is the subtle messages. I didn't even get some of the messages when I was a kid. So, may this book that's more for kids will have an easier to understand message... Wait? It doesn't? IT DOESN'T!? I HATE THIS BOOK!TL;DR Don't read this.I'm still excited for the next main series book, though...
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  • Daisy
    January 1, 1970
    This was a funny Diary of a _________ __________ kid story. I prefer the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books to Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid, but it still had the same feel. I found it interesting reading from Rowley’s perspective and what he thinks of Greg. Well Done to Jeff Kinney managing to write from a different character’s perspective!
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  • Caroline Blommel
    January 1, 1970
    This just made me so incredibly sad. I was looking forward to reading Rowley's diary-- sadly, only eight pages of the book were actually his diary, and the rest of the book was Rowley's biography of Greg. The biography tells several tales of Greg taking advantage of Rowley, tricking him, and generally being mean to him. Maybe because Rowley was in all the stories, that's why the book was pitched as his diary? I could have dealt with all of Greg's meanness if he had even learned a lesson ONCE. No This just made me so incredibly sad. I was looking forward to reading Rowley's diary-- sadly, only eight pages of the book were actually his diary, and the rest of the book was Rowley's biography of Greg. The biography tells several tales of Greg taking advantage of Rowley, tricking him, and generally being mean to him. Maybe because Rowley was in all the stories, that's why the book was pitched as his diary? I could have dealt with all of Greg's meanness if he had even learned a lesson ONCE. Nope. It doesn't even end with Greg acknowledging Rowley's hard work on his book, just criticizing how much Rowley inserted himself into the story. I just found it entirely too negative, without any kind of lesson.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    This book was great like always! I love Rowley but this book made Greg seem really horrible. He’s not this bad in the other books. It was funny and enjoyable.
  • Danielle Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    I’ll forever love the diary of a wimpy kid books. I was laughing out loud as I always do with this series.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Disappointing. There were some funny moments, but I wanted a book about Rowley and this was mostly about Greg again. Also, without Greg's inner monologue to humanize him, he's really just a manipulative a**hole and Rowley his abuse victim.
  • Julie Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    I almost didn't read this with all of the horrible reviews I saw! The consensus among adults seems to be that Greg is portrayed as a jerk with no redeeming qualities. Hello! I don't remember any redeeming qualities in any of the 13 DWK books! He has HORRIBLE character! That is who he is, and Rowley was always being bullied and used by him and you ALWAYS wondered why he put up with it, and this was no different in my opinion. I'm glad I read it anyway.This installment is as funny as the rest. I l I almost didn't read this with all of the horrible reviews I saw! The consensus among adults seems to be that Greg is portrayed as a jerk with no redeeming qualities. Hello! I don't remember any redeeming qualities in any of the 13 DWK books! He has HORRIBLE character! That is who he is, and Rowley was always being bullied and used by him and you ALWAYS wondered why he put up with it, and this was no different in my opinion. I'm glad I read it anyway.This installment is as funny as the rest. I laughed out loud, right from the gut, many times. The whole studying in the library scene was hilarious, and I can't wait to hear if my son laughs when he reads it because in that situation, Greg could've been swapped for my son. It's a sad truth, and it's best for us (my son and I) to be able to laugh at it now that we're older and wiser. I continue to maintain that these books are best appreciated by adults and older teens, who have the perspective and understanding to see that they may have been a LITTLE like this when they were in MS but now have matured and laugh about that difficult period in our lives. I see why you don't want your kids reading it, but they love it for reasons I don't understand.
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  • Sarah Hay
    January 1, 1970
    This is the diary of Rowley, Greg Heff's (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) best friend. Rowley gives his perspective on his and Greg's friendship in the same style that the rest of the series is written. Good for ages 8 and up
  • Ryan Dreier
    January 1, 1970
    It was okay, and hence the 2-star "it was ok" rating. I'm not a bitter-ender, so I stopped reading the Diary series at book 7, I can't remember where I actually stopped, I think I stopped because at a certain point I felt like they were just releasing books at Christmas as a ploy to sell books as gifts to their market audience and it just felt WAY too commercial at that point. This book is mostly about Rowley's relationship with Greg. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I think that we get a It was okay, and hence the 2-star "it was ok" rating. I'm not a bitter-ender, so I stopped reading the Diary series at book 7, I can't remember where I actually stopped, I think I stopped because at a certain point I felt like they were just releasing books at Christmas as a ploy to sell books as gifts to their market audience and it just felt WAY too commercial at that point. This book is mostly about Rowley's relationship with Greg. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I think that we get a pretty good picture of their relationship from the previous books in this series. There are some books that have really goofy and funny situations that capture that 3/4/5 grade experience that I have found hilarious in this series. Usually, the books revolve around some life-event, a road-trip, summer vacation, etc. There was a lack of that here, this is not to say that there weren't some funny parts, but I did find this disappointing. It was mostly Rowley's bending to Greg's influence regarding their friendship and the activities that they've done together.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Full disclosure: I don't like this series or Greg Heffley at all. I don't find his antics funny or even amusing. But I *do* really like Jeff Kinney when I've seen him in interviews. And kids love his books. So I thought I'd give this one a try, since I thought it'd be more about Rowley and and maybe focus less on Greg. And maybe I'd feel a little tiny bit of the hype that kids feel about these books.Unfortunately, the book is still just about Greg being a big jerk.I finished the book feeling sor Full disclosure: I don't like this series or Greg Heffley at all. I don't find his antics funny or even amusing. But I *do* really like Jeff Kinney when I've seen him in interviews. And kids love his books. So I thought I'd give this one a try, since I thought it'd be more about Rowley and and maybe focus less on Greg. And maybe I'd feel a little tiny bit of the hype that kids feel about these books.Unfortunately, the book is still just about Greg being a big jerk.I finished the book feeling sorry for Rowley because he's SO dumb, and just keeps getting mocked and misled and lied to and picked on over and over and over and yet still he stands by his BFF Greg. There were a couple of amusing parts but overall still not my bag.
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  • Ash
    January 1, 1970
    I love Rowley from this series and got this book as soon as I knew there was a book entirely dedicated to him. But it wasn’t about Rowley. :( I was a little disappointed as the book focused on Greg a lot. I know Rowley and Greg hang out together a lot but I wish the book had focused on Rowley, his family and his other friends. The title is misleading. It should have been titled Diary of Greg from Rowley’s POV. I need a book ABOUT Rowley. :( But Rowley kinda proves how bad Greg is as a friend thr I love Rowley from this series and got this book as soon as I knew there was a book entirely dedicated to him. But it wasn’t about Rowley. :( I was a little disappointed as the book focused on Greg a lot. I know Rowley and Greg hang out together a lot but I wish the book had focused on Rowley, his family and his other friends. The title is misleading. It should have been titled Diary of Greg from Rowley’s POV. I need a book ABOUT Rowley. :( But Rowley kinda proves how bad Greg is as a friend through his stories.It’s funny just like the wimpy kid books but deducting 1 star because of not meeting my expectations.
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  • Laurene
    January 1, 1970
    When my son was in grammar school, he read and reread the Wimpy Kid series. I was passing by a book display, it was the introduction of the latest installment of the series. The perspective of Rowley, who is Greg's best friend, was explored. I was hoping for a fun read and more escapades between the two friends. But, instead, the reader actually got to explore how Greg is just an ordinary manipulator and bully. I thought there would be some life lesson at the end. For example, Greg would apolog When my son was in grammar school, he read and reread the Wimpy Kid series. I was passing by a book display, it was the introduction of the latest installment of the series. The perspective of Rowley, who is Greg's best friend, was explored. I was hoping for a fun read and more escapades between the two friends. But, instead, the reader actually got to explore how Greg is just an ordinary manipulator and bully. I thought there would be some life lesson at the end. For example, Greg would apologize and/or Rowley would stand up for himself. So disappointed due to the reputation of the author and the well known series.
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  • Catherine
    January 1, 1970
    Reading this makes you wonder why Rowley is friends with Greg at all. Rowley is truly too nice of a kid. Not many people would put up with Greg. We know from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books that Greg is selfish and not a very good friend, but reading from Rowley's point of view made everything a little harder to take. I thought it made things less funny because it made Greg out to be really awful, which is probably really the case, because Greg isn't going to make himself sound that bad in his ow Reading this makes you wonder why Rowley is friends with Greg at all. Rowley is truly too nice of a kid. Not many people would put up with Greg. We know from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books that Greg is selfish and not a very good friend, but reading from Rowley's point of view made everything a little harder to take. I thought it made things less funny because it made Greg out to be really awful, which is probably really the case, because Greg isn't going to make himself sound that bad in his own journals. Therefore, I actually like reading from Greg's point of view better. I also thought the comics looked weird without noses.
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  • Chance Hill
    January 1, 1970
    I think this book could have been better. However, after reading all of the Diary of The Wimpy Kid series, it is fun to see a new point of view for some of the same stories, and see the behind the scenes in another character's life. I wish that Jeff Kinney would have not written this book like it was a "unpublished first draft". It's a little weird. But overall it was a very good book; so good I read it in one afternoon.
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  • Booknerdreads Grace Haddad
    January 1, 1970
    Greg is a horrible friend 😂
  • Taryn
    January 1, 1970
    This was really terrible but because I'm the worst I buy books just so I can have a full series.
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    I love reading the other version of it(which is The Diary of The Wimpy Kid) so I wanted to try this since it was in discount.It was as hillarious as the wimpy kid's.So I recommend it to eveyone no matter young or old.
  • Edward Davies
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! You really don't realise what an arsehole Greg is until you see things from another perspective. He's truly a terrible friend to Rowley.
  • Tyler Grossman
    January 1, 1970
    The theme is best friends should stay together even if you have fights. The book is about Rowley and Greg. And how they met eachother and things that they did. Like first sleepover, birthday partys, and just times they hung out.
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