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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a book series introducing Greg Heffley and his middle school adventures. The first book takes place as Greg is just about to enter middle school. Despite all the pressures that come with hitting the sixth grade, he and his best friend, Rowley, are also unpopular.
In a series of excerpts about his life, we learn this middle child is not only jealous of his younger and older brothers, but of his best friend as well. From being ambushed by a group of teenagers on Halloween, to not getting what he wanted for Christmas, Greg voices his frustrations about not fitting in.
Finally, he believes things have changed when he and Rowley join Safety Patrol. However, his immaturity quickly taints him and one day while chasing a group of kindergartners with the worm, he is spotted and mistaken for Rowley. When he confesses it was him, Rowley gets promoted, once again tipping the balance of friendship.
Then one day, the group of teenagers who ambushed them on Halloween, show up to finish what they started. The plan was that they were going to make Greg and Rowley eat "the cheese", a fate worse than the cooties. However, Greg’s quick thinking and small white lie that he is allergic to dairy products, allows him to escape leaving Rowley to eat the cheese. The next day after the incident, Greg tells the other students in school that he removed the cheese, but unfortunately for him they mistook that to mean that he touched it.
Throughout the novel Greg continually navigates middle school trying to find himself. In the conclusion of the novel it seems that he is finally content, despite Rowley winning the title of class clown in the yearbook, a title Greg yearned for. Greg states that he doesn’t care that his best friend won, because he knows who really ate the cheese!