Greg Heffley's on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg's life destined to be just another hard-luck story?
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by Jeff Kinney
"In the latest installment of this popular series, Greg is feeling abandoned because his bestÑand onlyÑfriend, Rowley, has a girlfriend. Narrator Ramon De Ocampo sounds too old to be convincing as a middle schooler, but his performance is expressive and clear. His pacing is excellent, leaving listeners enough time to laugh and process whatÕs happening beyond GregÕs limited viewpoint and clueless self-absorption. As ever, this series masterfully displays adultsÕ well-meaning confusion, as when Greg discovers his motherÕs hidden stash of parenting guides and his schoolÕs attempts to create community go awry. A wide range of listeners will empathize with Greg and his all-too-familiar troubles. A.F. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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