Greg Heffley has always been in a hurry to grow up. But is getting older really all it's cracked up to be? He feels confused and stressed out as he and his friends enter "The Awkward Years." Greg is dragged through boy-girl parties, increased responsibilities, and getting older. Worst of all, minus his best friend at his side. Can Greg make it through on his own, or will he have to face the ugly truth? "To me, the fifth book is the linchpin of the series," said Jeff Kinney. "Since Greg Heffley is a cartoon character but also a literary character, I've always wondered if he should grow up or stay in a state of arrested development forever. This book answers that question once and for all." "With The Ugly Truth, Jeff Kinney takes his readers in a whole new direction," said Charles Kochman, executive editor of the Wimpy Kid series. "All of the favorite characters will be back but, like Greg Heffley, you will see them in a new light as Jeff explores the reality of adolescence."