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Greg and Rowley start hanging out together again, their friendship repaired. On the last day of school, when they discover that Rowley has been named Class Clown for his cartoon, Greg throws his yearbook in the trash.
The final chapter shows Greg’s life after his middle-school year, revealing that his experiences reflected in the diary have taught him that some things in life are more important than popularity. With Rowley, Greg learned the meaning of friendship is putting others first. Through his cartooning, Greg learned that developing one’s own interests and hobbies (even if they might be considered “feminine”) is better than taking a shortcut to popularity. Through his experiences with older bullies, younger kids, and his own family, Greg learned that everyone plays the role of victim and of bully at some point. Greg learns to value the important people in his life for more than just what they can do for him. Readers get the sense that Greg has matured and no longer worries about his peers’ approval. In the presentation of Greg’s growth, however, Kinney quickly revisits the story’s comedic tone when Greg tosses his yearbook in the trash.