You can always count on Greg Heffley to make you laugh, even when he's being serious (maybe ESPECIALLY when he's being serious). This time around Greg is having a hard time because Rowley has a girlfriend and has no time for Greg. He checks out his options for a replacement friend, but isn't impressed with any of the candidates. Greg also discovers a Magic 8 Ball and thinks that might help him sort out his life. Mrs. Heffley tries to tell Greg that he should just be nice to everyone and that will make him popular. Greg decides that she is not qualified to give advice - because girl friendships work differently than boy friendships. (I'm not sure how he can think she's unqualified for advice since she reads all those parenting books.) Along with the usual strange behavior of Fregley and Greg's dislike of any family gatherings, there is a reappearance of his Body Blankie, the threat of summer school, and his need for a science fair project.
I saw the webcast of Jeff Kinney on November 4th. He said he is under contract for at least 2 more Wimpy Kid books. He also shared that he uses paint chips to help choose the color for each book and that the cover will never be pink. I'm curious what Greg's friendship status will be like in the next book, whatever color it might be. In the meantime, we have three copies of Hard Luck in the library and I know we will enjoy them. You can see Mr. Kinney introducing the book or watch the official trailer.