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In The Deep End, book 15 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ready for the adventure of a lifetime. But things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at an RV park that’s not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder i In The Deep End, book 15 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ready for the adventure of a lifetime. But things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at an RV park that’s not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation—or if they’re already in too deep.


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In The Deep End, book 15 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ready for the adventure of a lifetime. But things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at an RV park that’s not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder i In The Deep End, book 15 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Greg Heffley and his family hit the road for a cross-country camping trip, ready for the adventure of a lifetime. But things take an unexpected turn, and they find themselves stranded at an RV park that’s not exactly a summertime paradise. When the skies open up and the water starts to rise, the Heffleys wonder if they can save their vacation—or if they’re already in too deep.

30 review for The Deep End

  1. 4 out of 5

    Undomiel Books (Rosie)

    Yes I am 21 years old. Yes I pre-ordered this book. Yes I read it on release day in one sitting. No I do not regret my decision because my decision lead to pure joy and wholesome fun.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    The misfortunes and misadventures of the Heffley family still make me laugh, although I’m beginning to think Murphy’s law should be renamed Heffley’s law as luck so rarely seems to be on their side! A quick read that entertains and amuses with situations that are often comparable with and relatable to our own unfortunate happenings.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tamishly

    For the first time while reading the series, I feel this is a perfect proper sequel. A sequel to book number 14 "Wrecking Ball". (I cannot get over this reference 🤣😂) The story continues while the family ended up losing their house after the extra house construction drama which did more harm than good. Aunt Reba, thank you for the chaos in this series 🤦 I see a huge improvement in the writing and how it's being presented but the illustrations are almost the same. But I am quite happy about this seq For the first time while reading the series, I feel this is a perfect proper sequel. A sequel to book number 14 "Wrecking Ball". (I cannot get over this reference 🤣😂) The story continues while the family ended up losing their house after the extra house construction drama which did more harm than good. Aunt Reba, thank you for the chaos in this series 🤦 I see a huge improvement in the writing and how it's being presented but the illustrations are almost the same. But I am quite happy about this sequel. The damn story makes sense. There's humour and there's adventure. And moreover, Rodrick's my forever meme representation. He's just zzzzing 😂🤦 The family is trying to save as much as possible but they have to have a family adventure together. So off they go to a road adventure borrowing Uncle Gary's camper van. Damn, I just couldn't bear the second hand embarrassment the family had to face following the trip 🤦😂 The characters are fun. More fun I would say. The story well planned out with much details. The art is amazing as always. Minimal yet effectively entertaining! Some parts did remind of Tarzan's story gone wrong! And then a bit later on all the summer fun and adventure become alive. Yes, it would have been so much better to read this one during the summer! All those water and adventure vibes! Hahahahah! That skunk scene 🤣😂 And the bear in the end. Damn. I am so saying no to road trips like this! But I thoroughly enjoyed reading the 'mis'adventures of this one!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mango

    After reading a slightly serious book, I decided to read a light hearted book! I saw this at the library and thought, "This series is my childhood! Time to relive it." So I brought the book home, read it, and have decided that I still love this series to this day XD. Sure, it's not a Newbery Honor book, but I checked it out to laugh, and that's exactly what happened. The book was so funny, I couldn't put it down, and I read it in one sitting. I am glad I read this book, since this time of year is st After reading a slightly serious book, I decided to read a light hearted book! I saw this at the library and thought, "This series is my childhood! Time to relive it." So I brought the book home, read it, and have decided that I still love this series to this day XD. Sure, it's not a Newbery Honor book, but I checked it out to laugh, and that's exactly what happened. The book was so funny, I couldn't put it down, and I read it in one sitting. I am glad I read this book, since this time of year is stressful (final exams), and this helped me relax a little and laugh. So I recommend this book to anyone who is stressed, or a bit down, this book. The whole series can make you laugh and cheer you up!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I'm starting to really feel for Greg. His mom and her constant need to enrich and educate them all as a family is really starting to make me worry if one day they'll all crack and become murderers. I loved how this mirrored the pandemic, without being about the pandemic, which made it both timely and timeless. Because their house got destroyed in the last one, they are living in their grandma's basement, Dad is trying to work from home, Mom trying to get them to play board games, everyone getting I'm starting to really feel for Greg. His mom and her constant need to enrich and educate them all as a family is really starting to make me worry if one day they'll all crack and become murderers. I loved how this mirrored the pandemic, without being about the pandemic, which made it both timely and timeless. Because their house got destroyed in the last one, they are living in their grandma's basement, Dad is trying to work from home, Mom trying to get them to play board games, everyone getting on each other's nerves. Then they go on vacation, which turns out horrible as predicted. Poor Greg!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Prabhjot Kaur

    Gettin' Around with The Heffleys! Greg and his family are staying in his grandma's basement since their own house is wrecked. And to repair the house, they need money which they don't have and are trying to save up. So the entire family is crammed in the basement and they are sick of each other's company and the basement. Greg's dad is working from home too. They just want to go for a trip or a vacation or anything to get away from here. When they find out that Greg's uncle left his RV in the dri Gettin' Around with The Heffleys! Greg and his family are staying in his grandma's basement since their own house is wrecked. And to repair the house, they need money which they don't have and are trying to save up. So the entire family is crammed in the basement and they are sick of each other's company and the basement. Greg's dad is working from home too. They just want to go for a trip or a vacation or anything to get away from here. When they find out that Greg's uncle left his RV in the driveway, Greg's mum has an idea and that idea is camping. The Heffleys get on the road with no destination in mind and they experience what it's like to be a camper or do they? I love road trips, getaways, holidays, vacations or whatever else you call it or can think of along those lines but camping is something that I hate. Even though none of these things have ever happened to me whilst camping, I felt for The Heffleys but at the same time, I laughed out loud throughout. Fun misadventures. I loved this. I love it when The Heffleys go away and they all want to do their own thing but never get to do those things. Greg's mum always wants them to spend time together as a family and make memories but nothing ever goes according to her plans either. Hilarious! Art is spectacular as always and takes the story to another level. I also loved how this gave me the pandemic/lockdown vibes without being actually being about the pandemic/lockdown, that's very clever. An amazing read. 4 stars

  7. 5 out of 5

    ~Rajeswari~

    I feel like a child again!!This series is actually my gate to childhood and middle school.I loved this book but i wanted Rodrick to be sassy in this book too...Overall,a very great read🦊

  8. 4 out of 5

    tee

    jeff kinney coming up with banger after banger since the first wimpy kid book that i bought in 2008

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ardent Reader

    Will never get tired of this series even though I'm a bit older for these books. Jeff Kinney never fails to give humor in all of his books. It was a fun quick read with many laugh out moments. Will never get tired of this series even though I'm a bit older for these books. Jeff Kinney never fails to give humor in all of his books. It was a fun quick read with many laugh out moments.

  10. 4 out of 5

    NZLisaM

    Fun (and disaster) in the sun with Greg Heffley! In the fifteenth installment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Greg and the Heffley family take a cross country road trip in an RV. And naturally, everything that could possibly go wrong, does, with hilarious, entertaining results. It's no secret that I've adored every book in the series so far, but The Deep End was definitely one of my top favourites. The jokes were really on point, and the illustrations really captured and added to the humour o Fun (and disaster) in the sun with Greg Heffley! In the fifteenth installment of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Greg and the Heffley family take a cross country road trip in an RV. And naturally, everything that could possibly go wrong, does, with hilarious, entertaining results. It's no secret that I've adored every book in the series so far, but The Deep End was definitely one of my top favourites. The jokes were really on point, and the illustrations really captured and added to the humour of the situation. I found it realistic how frustrated middle schooler Greg was having to spend his entire summer vacation stuck in a confined space with his family. I felt his embarrassment over having to spend time with his uncool parents, subjected to endless teasing by his older brother Rodrick, and Manny, the baby of the family, spoiling his fun by being too young to participate in family activities, meaning Greg couldn't either. Yet when the chips were down, the Heffley's were always there for one another. The Deep End reminded me of a combination of the 2006 family/comedy movie, RV, starring Robin Williams and a tamer version of National Lampoon's Summer Vacation. Recommend for kids, as well as ‘kids at heart' like me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rizwan

    How can a book that is fifteenth (and as of now, last) in a long running series be THIS MUCH FUN?! I mean, WOW. Whenever the Heffleys take a trip as a family their crazy adventures make for some of the most laugh-out-loud hilarious better books for this brilliant series (as proved in The Long Haul & The Getaway), that is also definitely true this time around for their camping adventure. Loved it from beginning to end, as simple as that. And just like that, in less than a month I've devoured the How can a book that is fifteenth (and as of now, last) in a long running series be THIS MUCH FUN?! I mean, WOW. Whenever the Heffleys take a trip as a family their crazy adventures make for some of the most laugh-out-loud hilarious better books for this brilliant series (as proved in The Long Haul & The Getaway), that is also definitely true this time around for their camping adventure. Loved it from beginning to end, as simple as that. And just like that, in less than a month I've devoured the whole series with all fifteen books. Now what am I going to read? Wimpy Kid and Jeff Kinney maybe forever ruined me for other novels, now I need crazy illustrated storytellings to go along with ALL my boring plain prose books! Get me the sixteenth one ASAP, dammit.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    It is incredibly brave of Jeff Kinny to "redeem" Manny the way he did. This boy, this three-year-old child, has become the only thing keeping his family alive. He saved his family from deadly situations twice, and he saved an entire population of people. Manny wasn't given a redemption ark, he was forced to mature so he could keep his family alive. What a tale, what a character. It is incredibly brave of Jeff Kinny to "redeem" Manny the way he did. This boy, this three-year-old child, has become the only thing keeping his family alive. He saved his family from deadly situations twice, and he saved an entire population of people. Manny wasn't given a redemption ark, he was forced to mature so he could keep his family alive. What a tale, what a character.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I don't even know what to say. This series should have ended 3 books ago. It's the opposite of entertaining. Greg and his family go on a trip in an RV. Didn't this already happen in book 9? I don't even know what to say. This series should have ended 3 books ago. It's the opposite of entertaining. Greg and his family go on a trip in an RV. Didn't this already happen in book 9?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    Still one of the best middle-grade book series out there today! The newest adventure has vibes very similar to book #9, "The Long Haul", but has enough fresh twists and takes that makes it a great addition to the series. This one also has a "happier" family ending than "Long Haul" which is nice to see. Dang, I love the Heffley family. :,) Still one of the best middle-grade book series out there today! The newest adventure has vibes very similar to book #9, "The Long Haul", but has enough fresh twists and takes that makes it a great addition to the series. This one also has a "happier" family ending than "Long Haul" which is nice to see. Dang, I love the Heffley family. :,)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Library copy Certainly have students waiting for this title, and it wasn't as mean spirited as many of the books. I really liked the part where Greg makes friends with other kids at the camp ground; it's just as well that Rowley is in Europe and not around Greg! We do see that Greg gets his psychopathic ways from his grandmother, who is making the entire family live in her basement while their home is being repaired. While the Heffley's supposedly don't have much money, they certainly have gone o Library copy Certainly have students waiting for this title, and it wasn't as mean spirited as many of the books. I really liked the part where Greg makes friends with other kids at the camp ground; it's just as well that Rowley is in Europe and not around Greg! We do see that Greg gets his psychopathic ways from his grandmother, who is making the entire family live in her basement while their home is being repaired. While the Heffley's supposedly don't have much money, they certainly have gone on more vacations than I have in recent years. Fifteen books.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Adeeshaadikari

    i love this book

  17. 5 out of 5

    Diane Yliniemi

    Funny, snarky and very entertaining. The family goes camping and runs into all kinds of trouble. They remind me of the family from the TV show The Middle.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ms. B

    Another DOW story about Greg's mom wanting her family to bond. In this one, the family goes on vacation in Uncle Gary's camper. For those who like tall tales and stories that are larger than life, the latest book in the series is perfect. Another DOW story about Greg's mom wanting her family to bond. In this one, the family goes on vacation in Uncle Gary's camper. For those who like tall tales and stories that are larger than life, the latest book in the series is perfect.

  19. 5 out of 5

    lily ✿

    i’m not gonna lie, i own every book in this series and i’m not ashamed of it. it’s become a christmas tradition that i get the new one every year. i read them as comfort books - books that provide no stress whatsoever. i can relax while reading them and just have fun. there’s nothing too serious or emotional that happens in them, and i love that, and watching the silly solutions to the problems that do occur.

  20. 4 out of 5

    medha

    anything for the goodreads reading challenge

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ainul Chowdhury

    It’s funny as usual, the ending part was the most hilarious,

  22. 5 out of 5

    mjraves

    wanted to finish my challenge so I picked up this and now I’m only one book away from completing it:)

  23. 5 out of 5

    D3R3K

    so good

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicholas Kinney

    Hilarious; a top tier DOAWK book. Maybe in the top 5? Unclear. It had several memorable and quotable moments (Regular Marcus!) and the situational comedy was off the charts. A joy to read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lexi Haala

    I love this book one of my favorites in the series

  26. 5 out of 5

    BookNerd99 | Nickname: Cindermon Role

    It was nice to go back and re-read this one. For me, it was an easy, quick re-read that brought me some happiness and humor. It's definitely not my favorite, but 4 stars because it's relatable and a good book to pass the time. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an easy read with some humor and a few hidden lessons. It was nice to go back and re-read this one. For me, it was an easy, quick re-read that brought me some happiness and humor. It's definitely not my favorite, but 4 stars because it's relatable and a good book to pass the time. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for an easy read with some humor and a few hidden lessons.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Katsuro

    It's interesting how these books change. The first ones in the series were just funny books about a regular kid's life. The humor was all in the depiction of how, if you'll pardon my French, crappy childhood can be. In fact, I'd say that the reading experience is more enjoyable for an adult, who can laugh with recognition at how awful it could be to be a kid, and with relief at not having to live like that anymore. The plots were very episodic, with more focus on individual events. In later books It's interesting how these books change. The first ones in the series were just funny books about a regular kid's life. The humor was all in the depiction of how, if you'll pardon my French, crappy childhood can be. In fact, I'd say that the reading experience is more enjoyable for an adult, who can laugh with recognition at how awful it could be to be a kid, and with relief at not having to live like that anymore. The plots were very episodic, with more focus on individual events. In later books, though, probably starting with The Long Haul, the author, Jeff Kinney, has changed the plot structure a lot of the time. There will usually be one main event serving as the narrative focus-point. Often, it's some sort of family trip--useful, writing-wise, for providing the author new places and characters to work with. In The Long Haul this main event was a road trip. In Wrecking Ball it was the construction work being made on the Heffleys' house. And in this one, it's a camping trip that's the latest whole-book-plot. And I gotta say, it's a really good one. The Heffley family acquire a camping truck that's left behind by Greg's, the protagonist's, good-for-nothing uncle, and hit the road (Jack!) for a family camping trip. Right there, I'm sure you can see where Kinney's going with this. A family trip is an event where you have to stay in close proximity with people that you might have trouble standing at the best of days. Also, you're going back to nature, and as Terry Pratchett pointed out, there are good reasons that mankind as a whole has worked for millennia to get away from nature and go somewhere you can get hot baths and cold drinks. But good luck telling that to Greg's mom, Susan. That's one of the ongoing sources of conflict in the series as a whole--Susan wants the entire family to do things together like in her magazines, and she just can't accept the dissonance between her idealized visions of a family and what her real-life family actually is like. (Margaret Atwood could probably write a pretty great novel about Susan Heffley, should she feel like it.) But I digress. Tristram Shandy-ing aside, let me tell you about the plot. I won't tell you exactly what happens, but let me say this much: Animals can be bad, but people can be even worse. Things never go quite as you planned, and more often that you'd like, you're going to need a vacation from your vacation. Also, watch out for skunks. Oh, and one final point--I like how there's a character who's in a wheelchair but the plot never makes a thing of it, or tries to get preachy. I like it when minority characters get to just be people.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Shaikhah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I dont like what I am going to write.. so lets start.. Note, I am only writing my opinion here.. some of you might love this book and some might dont... I love the series of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, however, this one.. I am not a big fan.. I even wished he did not write it.. :( if the Author is reading "I don't think he will have time", but if you saw my comment.. Sorry Dont read my comment as I will write some spoilers.. I did not like when he wrote about Noah and he described his journey "for me No I dont like what I am going to write.. so lets start.. Note, I am only writing my opinion here.. some of you might love this book and some might dont... I love the series of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, however, this one.. I am not a big fan.. I even wished he did not write it.. :( if the Author is reading "I don't think he will have time", but if you saw my comment.. Sorry Dont read my comment as I will write some spoilers.. I did not like when he wrote about Noah and he described his journey "for me Noah is a prophet and writing about him like that, was not funny" He wrote about GOD, I did not like what he wrote.. I know he means it as a joke, but I did not laugh.... I am happy that he write a lot, but I wish he take more time in finding new stories. (I mean like the end.. really a kid will do that) I wish the Author will write as before as I love his books. Please return back.. Please find those feelings that made you start this series :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Victor The Reader

    Following the disastrous home makeover of their home, the Heffleys have retreated at a relatives’ place who happens to have an abandoned camper van. Seeing it as a great opportunity, they go on a cross-country trip and camp at a few locations, yet this vacation is definitely not gonna be smooth sailing. Surprisingly, it’s the best Wimpy Kid I’ve read in ages. A very satisfying trip that have its road bumps but ends nice and comfortable, and Greg’s not entirely a jerk. A (100%/Outstanding)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dalton

    This book was insane (In A Good Way)

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