Well, having stumbled on the last book in the series (AD and the Weapons of Mass Destruction) and thoroughly enjoying it, I just had to go back and start at the beginning of the Adrian Mole series. The Adrian Mole Diaries : The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 : The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend is a combination volume of the two titles, and I now understand a bit more why this was apparently all the rage in England in the '80s. It's impossible to read … more
Pros: funny, readable, difficult to put down Cons: wish it could have gone longer! The Bottom Line: He's Bridget Jones if she were younger, male, and a bit more intellectual. The Adrian Mole Diaries is a combination of Sue Townsend's two hilarious Adrian Mole books: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole. It is, of course, written from the perspective of a British schoolboy living in … more
Pros: Funny, poignant, so true in so many ways, good for most ages. Cons: Getting through some of the strange terminology The Bottom Line: It will entertain and delight you. Good for any number of belly laughs. The secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4 is funny, charming, witty, and very touching. I started my adventure with the author Sue Townsend with another novel which was the choice of my book … more
This is a VERY funny book, written with a great deal of poignancy and insight into the mind of a 13 year old boy. This in itself is surprising, seeing as how the author is NOT a 13 year old boy!We follow Adrian through the trials and tribulations of his parents' marital conflicts, the angst of unrequited love and the heady pleasures of then attaining that love, and all the usual issues with being a boy in school with teenage acne. A particularly funny scene is where the doctor assures Adrian that … more
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