Friday, August 27, 2010

Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney

*This is a second book in a series. To avoid spoilers, please do not continue reading if you have not read the first book in the series entitled Diary of a Wimpy Kid.*

Secrets have a way of getting out, especially when a diary is involved.

Whatever you do, don’t ask Greg Heffley how he spent his summer vacation, because he definitely doesn’t want to talk about it.

As Greg enters the new school year, he’s eager to put the past three months behind him . . . and one event in particular.

Unfortunately for Greg, his older brother, Rodrick, knows all about the incident Greg wants to keep under wraps. But secrets have a way of getting out . . . especially when a diary is involved.

Released: February 1st, 2008
Published by: Amulet
Series: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, 2
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5
Page Amount:

Plot 3/10
Likable Characters 7/10
Problem Development 2/10
Solution Effectiveness 1/10
Writing Style 9/10
Character Development 4/10
Cover 5/10
Setting 5/10
Ending 2/10
Beginning 3/10

I am incredibly disappointed with Kinney and the second novel in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Rodrick Rules. This one I found was just, eh.

There was no real plot to this novel, which I also found with the first novel in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid novels, it was just like, oh… look at this! Then it starts going on about something totally different. Things like that really annoy me about a lot of novels.

The character likeability was… eh. I found a lot of characters in this novel rude, sarcastic (in a bad way), annoying, and down right mean to the bone. The first novel’s characters were much less these types of people, which I liked better.

There wasn’t a problem really in this novel, so I can’t judge the novel about it’s problem development, sorry!

Since there was no problem, I can’t judge on the solution effectiveness either, sorry again!

Considering how this novel wasn’t on my best terms, I did find it funny at some points of the novel so Kinney gets props for that.

Greg didn’t really develop in this novel. So character development is a hard one to judge upon. He was the same person through this whole novel.

I honestly have mixed feelings about this cover. How I don’t like it is how it has Greg and Rodrick, and Rodrick is pushing Greg. I mean, were is the goodness in that. How I like it is how it looks like a ripped piece of paper that was taped (you can see the tape and everything!) onto the cover. This cover ended up on a 50/50 for me.

The setting of this novel was sort of described, but not thoroughly enough to actually enjoy.

The ending was… eh. That is all I can say, really, other than it was an obvious ending to a book that has more books in a series or trilogy.

The beginning really didn’t catch me, either. I found that it didn’t pick up from were Diary of a Wimpy Kid ended, which is defiantly something I really like in a book that is a series.

Overall, I was not impress by Rodrick Rules. I would say, if you want to see what happen and what these books are all about, to pick up the first one, but I will not be continuing on with this series by choice, maybe if I have nothing to read and that is the only thing that I haven’t read, but I will defiantly not be picking these of the bookstore shelves by my own will.