|The Last Straw|
"Let's face it: Greg Heffley will never change his wimpy ways."
Abram Books (through Amulet Books)
January 13th, 2009
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw is the third book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series. The book covers the months of January to June, and was released on January 13, 2009 in the USA. Greg's father Frank Heffley is the main antagonist of the book, threatening to send Greg to military academy.
- Greg Heffley (main character)
- Rodrick Heffley (semi-antagonist in middle)
- Susan Heffley
- Frank Heffley (main antagonist)
- Manny Heffley (minor antagonist)
- Rowley Jefferson
- Holly Hills
- Mr. Litch
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The book starts with a new year and Greg talks about how members of his family are coming up with new-year resoloutions but aren't able to stick to them and how his brother Rodrick would come up with a really long list of resolutions, but he didn't. Greg says that Frank has been staying away from sugar and how he's been cranky and Greg talks about how he came up with a bathrobe idea. He then talks about how grown ups think that you don't deserve anything that is fun for Christmas and how he is getting lame gifts and the only thing he got close to a toy was a Laundry Hoop from his uncle Charlie, but it ended up being a way for Susan to give Greg responsability for his laundry, thereby being a chore.
Greg and Rowley had went to the bus stop and found a little piece of paper taped to the street sign saying that the bus route was rezoned and that the kids have to walk to school and Greg talks about how its a bad idea to make kids walk to school and then later he talks about his Dad hates teenagers and how his Dad's arch-enemy, the baddest teenager, Lenwood Heath was sent to the military academy Spag Union Military Academy. Then Greg talks about how Manny walks down from his room and joins Greg and Susan watching TV, and how he hates that his mom doesn't puts him back to bed, then he tells that he wasn't allowed to go down at night when he was a little. Greg finds one of Manny's poem books and thought of writing one on his own and selling it to a publisher and get money. Greg talks about how he is having problems watching TV and how he is trying to use force to have the remote levitate to him, he talks about how Frank wants him to work out.
One of Greg's classmates, Albert Sandy told everyone at lunch about a person who could jump six feet straight up in the air and all he did was dig a three-inches hole and kept jumping out of it for a hunderd times and then doubled the size of it and kept jumping, Greg believed him and thought of digging a hole, but Susan won't let him, so he went over to Rowley's and told him about it, but Rowley said his parents will ground him if they found the hole, but Greg said they could cover it up with a sheet so they will not find about it until a long time. The ground was frozen solid and they hardly made a dent, after digging for a few minutes Greg gave the shovel to Rowley and made him do for extratime to make him think he was a heavy contributor. Greg saw a show on TV which was about Time Capsules, so Greg and Rowley came up with that idea, but Rowley wasn't giving anything away, Greg put in three-bucks, Rowley thought he was making a sacrifice so he also sacrificed some of his gifts into the box. Greg wrote a note saying that he was the one who put the cash in because he thought the money will be worth a lot of money in the future and the person would travel back in time and reward Greg. Greg found that his bathrobe was taken away, his mother said she didn't took it, then he figured his Dad threw it out, because his Dad always throws away somebody else's things if he doesn't like it, just like he threw Manny's blanket, Tingy.
Greg got tired of walking to school so he took a ride from his mom but told her to drop him behind the school, because her car had bumper stickers that might embarass Greg. But Greg forgot his bag and his Mom came and gave it back to him and even called him Sweetie which embarrased Greg and he was also in the class with Holly Hills, a girl which Greg has been trying to make a good impression on. Greg then talks about how Holly Hills and how other guys are also trying to win her and Greg wanted to get her before some other person gets her. Greg then complains abour how he doesn't like the walking ot school idea and wants the people to at least install a ski lift, then Greg talks about how he takes naps all the time when he gets back from school and how its affecting his grades. Greg talks about how his teacher, Mrs Craig's dictionary is missing and she thinks somebody stole it and as a punishment she is keeping everyone inside until the person returns it, some kids got sick and started spying on the kids who are using big words, Greg and a few kids asked the smartest kid in the class, Alex Aruda to find clues and get the thief. However, Alex told them they had to give him five-bucks first, so the kids pooled up five bucks and gave it to him and Alex said he the Dicitionary took to get ready for a spelling-bee, just then a kid called Corey Lamb grabbed the book and put it on the table, but the teacher saw him and thought he stole it and punished him.
Greg talks about how he is not getting snacks and someone is stealing them, this also caused Greg to sleep in his teacher, Mr Watson's class, his father thought that either Greg or Rodrick stole them. Greg talks about how he is broke and how he used them onto somethings that turned out to be scams. Greg's mom got mid-session report card, Greg got scared and thought when his dad would come home, he will scold him, so he asked his grandma to come over, then after dinner he went to bingo with her. Greg thought he had won but when the clerk came to check, she said that he messed up and his win was no good. Gramma asked him not to draw attention to himself, because the regulars don't like it when a newcomer wins. Greg flunked his science test and slept again in Mr Watson's class and as a punishment he had to sit in the front of the class, Greg slept there right away, but at the sixth period another teacher came in and gave Greg a detention. Greg was to desperate to get sugar, so he went to Rowley's backyard and dug the time capsule out and took it home and with the three-bucks and the things inside he bought some snacks and played with some of the other things inside.
Greg, who's never had detention before, didn't know what to expect from it, but founds that all you can really do is just sit there and wait for it to be over (which Greg feels is stupid, claiming that most of the students who get detention could really use the extra study time). The only open seat Greg could take was in front of one of the bullies named Leon Ricket, and whenever the detention supervisor, Mr. Ray, wasn't looking Leon would do something like flick his ear and give him a wet willy. Mr. Ray eventually catches Leon and tells him that if he sees him touching Greg again, he's going to be in big trouble. Knowing that Leon would go right back to bugging him once Mr. Ray wasn't looking, Greg slaps his hands together to make it seem like Leon hit him. Mr. Ray, not realizing the truth, tells Leon he has to stay another half hour and that he has detention again tomorrow. When Greg finally gets out of detention and goes home, he runs all the way home so Leon doesn't catch up to him, in the case Leon wants to get revenge on Greg.
Greg still wants to catch whoever stealing snacks from the grocery bin, so he comes up with a plan: he hides in a laundry basket to catch whoever's stealing the food in the act, knowing that Susan, who usually does the grocery shopping, puts all the lunch snacks in a bin in the laundry room. Greg ends up falling asleep during the watch, but when he hears someone going through the food, he turns on his flashlight and the thief turns out to be none other than Greg's dad, Frank. As Greg's about to start chewing out his dad for stealing food from the bin, they hear Susan coming, and knowing what would happen, Frank and Greg take as many snacks as they can and make a run for it.
The next day, Greg's still mad at his dad for what he did, and plans on confronting him, but doesn't get a chance, as Frank gets into bed by six. The reason Frank went to bed so early was because he got depressed after running into Mr. and Mrs. Snella and their new baby, Seth, who's two months old (he was born in December). Greg explains that every time the Snellas have a baby, they throw a big half-birthday party for them six months later, and invite all the neighbors to the party. Greg claims that the "highlight" of every Snella half-birthday party is when all the adults line up and try to make the baby laugh while Mr. Snella videotapes them. Greg, who says he's been to every Snella half-birthday so far, claims that no baby-Snella has ever actually laughed and goes on to explain that the real reason Mr. and Mrs. Snella have that at the parties is because their dream is to win the grand prize on a TV-show called "America's Funniest Families." Greg also explains that Frank hates performing in front of people, and so far, he's been able to get out of having to attend the half-birthday parties thrown for the Snella children. However, Susan tells Frank that he has to attend Seth Snella's half-birthday party in June, and Frank realizes that he can't weasel his way out of this party.
The Valentine's Dance was announced so Greg went to his laundry and looked for clothes, he found a okay shirt, even though it had a jam stain on it, he still wore it. The dance starts at one in the afternoon---Greg explains that the dance was supposed to be held at night, but the school apparently couldn't get enough parents to chaperone the dance, and also explains that whoever didn't want to $2 for admission to the dance had to go down to "study hall" (which Greg explains was basically like detention). Initially, when the dance started, all the boys sat on one side of the gym and the girls sat on the other, and when no one went on to the dance floor, the principal, Mrs. Mancy, then said that everyone had to start dancing, as it would count for part of their PE-grade. This scares Greg, who claims to be really close to flunking his gym class, so Greg comes up with the simplest move that he can think of that would technically qualify as "dancing." While "dancing," Greg notices Holly and her friends dancing in a big group, and tries going over to then. Just as Greg's about to say something to Holly when she goes over to the refreshment table, Fregley pops out of nowhere, with pink frosting all over his face (Greg says Fregley must've been hyped on all the sugar from the cupcakes that were at the snack table), ruining Greg's chance to talk to Holly. Greg walks home, wanting to be by himself, but after dinner, his mom tells him that there's a Valentine's Day card for him in the mailbox. At first, Greg's hoping it's from Holly or one of the other girls at school he claims to "kind of like," but it turns out to be from Rowley instead.
Greg then talks about how his brother started calling him "Ploopy" every time and his mother just lets him say it. It was Easter and when they were going to church Greg's pants had chocolate over them, he wasn't going in, his mom made him wear her sweater like a kilt, during the basket handing was done, Greg put some money in the basket to make Holly think he is generous, but he realized he had put a twenty dollar note. Greg spotted his brother, Manny playing with his toys and called him Ploopy, Manny started to cry and kept crying, and the family couldn't stop him so they had to go away and everyone was watching them. Susan banned everyone from saying Ploopy after that. Frank made Rodrick enroll in a Sat Class and Greg sign up in Rec League Soccer, Greg got ranked Pre-Alpha Minus. They named themselves the Red Socks.
Greg says how he is looking for fresh clothes and how his underwear plopped out in the hall-way. Greg heard Holly is having a sleep-over and Rowley had invited him to join a kid from his karate class who lives in the same neigbourhood's sleepover,Greg agreed thinking he would go and crash Holly's sleepover. Greg got the postion "Fetcher" in the soccer team. Greg went to Rowley's friend's sleepover and there weren't any kid older then six and Greg was getting bored, so Greg went up to the room and slept there,but the kids came there and had a pillow fight, so he went down and slept and Greg had forgot his sleeping bag upstairs so he had to sleep on the cold floor.
It was April Fool's Day and Greg says how he and some kids played a joke which was to make Chirag Gupta think he lost his hearing, but Chirag reported it to the vice-principal and shut down the joke.Greg was having his second soccer game, but they had volunteered a adult to fetch the ball, so Greg was sitting on the bench and his father woudn't even let him get his winter coat. Greg says how he has been out of clean underwear and has been wearing a speedo underneath and Greg says how he got some Wonderwoman Underoos from his uncle Charlie, because Greg liked comics and superheroes so he gave those to Greg for Christmas. Greg, Mackey and Manuel agreed to bring some video games, but they were called on the action to block a free-kick, but they couldn't and the coach, Mr Litch yelled at them. Greg became the subsititue goalie and he didn't got a game, but he did get a game when the normal goalie was injured. But when the mid-fielder of the opponent team kicked a ball from fifty-yards, Greg was busy playing with some flowers and he missed seeing the ball and the other-team scored and ended Greg's team's undefeated season bid.
Frank took Greg and Rodrick to the theater, the usher was a teenager and he turned out to be Lenwood Heath and he had a crew cut and looked like if he graduated from a Military Academy, Frank seemed impressed with his look and had a conversation with him and made friends with him, then Frank told Greg after the movie was over that he was signing him to Spag Union too on 7th June. Greg thought of joining Boy Scout so his father won't take him to Spag Union and he could quit. Greg got signed to Troop 133 which has things like hot-dog roasts and pool parties much of the time, Rowley also signed with Greg and they both were given there uniforms.They went to whittling, but Rowley got a splinter so they complained and then the scoutmaster, Mr Barrett, told them they could whittle with the soap and they easily passed that.
Mr Barrret announced a father-son campout, Frank agreed to go with Greg, but Greg was sick so he had to go because signed up as a driver. At around 10 PM Frank called and told them he got put in the tent with Woodley brothers as their father couldn't come, Darren and Marcus were horsing around, just then Darren threw a football at Marcus and it hit him in his stomach and he fell down and wet his pants, Darren laughed, Marcus got angry so he bit Darren and wasn't letting him go. So Frank had to take Darren to the emergency room.
It was Mother's Day and Frank was angry about the father-son campout and was not looking to do any favours for Greg, so Greg ended up piggy-banking on Manny's gift. Greg asked Frank if he would go with him for a camping trip. Frank was okay with it. His Mom was impressed and said Rodrick should also go because it will be a great bounding for them. Greg, Rodrick and Frank went to the campside, it was raining six inches so they went to a hotel. When it was time to sleep, Frank went to the front-desk to complaint about the heater, Rodrick told Greg that the Hills family is staying a room in front of them, Greg fell for it and Rodrick shoved him out of the door and locked it. Greg was stuck in his underwear, so he went to find his Dad and he did find his Dad and he looked a little angry with him.
At church Greg's family got seated two rows ahead of Hills family in hand-shaking movement, Greg shaked his hands with Holly and when they went home he was about to call her, but Rodrick figured he was calling a girl so he took all handset phones and hid them, Greg told Susan and she made Rodrick return them all. Greg went to his parent's room and when he was dialling Holly's number his Dad walked in and just then the phone rang and scared his dad, Frank angrily sent Greg to his room.Greg called her number again but, his mother called Greg's number to see if he was calling anyone, Mrs Hills answered the phone, then she and his mother started talking. Holly was going to Roll-A-Round so Greg asked his mother if she can drop Greg there, but Susan said she can drop but sombody else's parents were gonna pick him up so he asked Rowley to come,Greg lost his contact lense so he had to wear his three-inches wide back-up glasses.At the Roll-A-Round,when the DJ announced Couple Skates, all of Holly's friends paired up, so Greg went to Holly to ask her, but then she said "Isn't Your name 'Fregley'?". This upset Greg and Greg told her he was Greg Heffley, but by the time her friends came and took her, Greg also lost interest in her and went to the arcade and didn't move from there.
It was the last day of school, Holly signed Greg's yearbook and said that he is OK and she will keep in touch with him, but she wrote in Rowley's yearbook that he is cute. It was Greg's only day of summer holiday and he had to spend it at Seth's half-birthday, they also had live-music, Loded Diper wanted to get hired but they turned them down and they even had a clown making balloons objects for little kids. Everybody ate lunch and then went to make the baby laugh, Greg was going to eat some cupcakes, his father stopped him and told him if he could find anyway to get him out of it, but Greg was letting him do it because he was going to send him to a military school.
But he didn't wanted to see him acting stupid in front of many people, so he was going home, he spotted Manny fishing around Seth Snella's presents and he found the one from Heffley's and Manny found himself another tingy, Greg was making him hand it over, but Manny threw it before Greg could take it and it landed on the branch of a tree. Greg climbed the tree, but he was wearing Rodrick's trousers and they were too big for him and they went down and he yelled for help and Greg was also wearing his Wonder-Woman Underoos and Mr Snella taped it all, then Frank rescued Greg and thought he did it to save him. Frank did Greg a favour by not sending him to Spag Union and Greg went to Rowley's house and grabbed some popsicles and sat on the curb. Just then, a girl called Trista came and introduced herself. Greg thought she was cute and thought of taking her to Rowley's family's country club and impress her.
The Last Straw rounds out the second semester of Greg Heffley's seventh grade school year, and is mainly about Greg's father being fed up with Greg's 'wimpiness', and threatens to send him to Military School.
- This book and Dog Days were mashed together in the third film, however in the second film some of the scenes are based on this book.
- This book has 6 months, making it the 2nd longest one, behind Diary of a Wimpy Kid by 4 months.
- This is the one of two books where swear words are turned into symbols, the other being The Long Haul.
- This is the last book to have the stories mostly from the online book.
- It is imposible how Greg's underwear fell through his pant's leg without anything happening to Greg's pants.
References to the Date
- April 1 - Greg talks about how it's April Fools Day and how his brother always fools him or is just plain mean
- June 7 - The date new recruits are supposed to report to Spag Union for the summer program.