Although endearing, Hard Luck is missing that fascinating spark the previous seven books shared.
Once again the faithful readers of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series are left with a mere glimpse of Rowley -- who replaces Greg's friendship with a girl -- and Rodrick another character who goes MIA. Instead, Kinney concentrates on Greg's yearning to belong. The 8th ball Greg finds enables him to have a guide through this discovery process, as he understands that in life friends come and go, but family is forever.
Prepare for some great laughs and one of the best Easter family scenes that proves the Heffley's still got it going on.