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Diary of a Wimpy Kid 16: Big Shot (epic review)

Jeff Kinney is the bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. In these iconic and hilarious books, he explores the life of the below-average yet outrageously relatable Greg Heffley. When it comes to smarts, Greg isn’t the sharpest or even fifth sharpest tool in the box and unless it involves his TV, he wants absolutely nothing to do with sports. From all this, you’d expect a pretty boring life yet trouble or at least troublesome people have a way of finding Greg.

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The latest installment in the series is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot where Greg is once again going head-to-head with sport. After Mum forces him to join a basketball team filled with rejects, each game leads them on a steady slope nowhere. Finally, Mum feels the need to take matters into her own hands, uniting the gang of misfits once more to compete in a second chance tournament.

The entire thing would feel quite heart-warming if it wasn’t so distractingly funny! The ending was a clean conclusion that fitted Greg’s character and the plot perfectly. However, it was the simple conversations and thoughts throughout that will make the reader really laugh and feel a connection with the people and events.

Despite all these amazing elements, there is an undeniable and mostly unavoidable flaw with Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big shot. It’s been going too long. Now, before all the diehard fans vent their outrage in the comments, I just want to say that I pre-ordered this and am the first to go begging for another movie. Yet it has to be said that the plot is getting a little repetitive. It’s not super obvious straightaway however long-time fans will spot the point when the series shifts from incorporating old plots to reusing the same jokes and characters alongside it.

It’s for this that I rate the plot 7 out of 10. It would have been slightly lower except for the ending which showed careful thought and skilled execution. The characters built by Jeff Kinney are what made this series the international success it is today and it is no different in Big Shot which is why I rate the characters 9 out of ten. For my final category of writing skill and general suspense/intrigue, I will rate it 8 out of 10. This is because the series just doesn’t have the same originality it did when it first began back in 2007.

Altogether, I rate Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot an 8 out of 10. Definitely a worthwhile read for fans of the series and just about anyone looking for a laugh.

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