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Adrian Mole faces the same agonies which life sets before most adolescents: troubles with girls, school, parents, and an uncaring world. The difference, though, between young Master Mole and his peers is that this British lad keeps a diary -- an earnest chronicle of longing and disaster that has convulsed more than five million readers since its two-volume initial publicat ...more
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Published September 1st 1997 by Harper Perennial (first published August 2nd 1984)
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The blurb for this book says it all, I can hardly think of something more to say about a teenage boy wrestling with life as it unfolds, from his changing body, to his social surroundings, his family set-up, to his dreams and aspirations.

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Oct 19, 2007 Bess rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who obsess if they obsess too much
Sue Townsend owes me a new pair of underwear. Because I laughed so hard reading this book, I wet my pants a little. This diary series starts out with Adrian at almost 14 years-old and chronicles his account of his family and "friends" as he grows up in a lower-middle class household.

A large part of the humor is driven by Adrian's neurotic tendencies, outrageous declarations and obsessive mannerisms. Combined with his scathing contempt for his parents and most of his classmates, his bizarre super
Bought from a book fair at my junior school when I was 10, I've since re-read my battered copy of this countless times, and at every age I've uncovered new layers of humour, satire and pathos in Adrian's diaries. I don't care for the more recent additions to the series, but the teenage editions are classics - painfully funny and, sometimes, painfully sad.
The Adrian Mole Diaries was the perfect read for a busy week between my daughters' ballet recital and their performance of Coppelia. Since it was in diary form, it was easy to pick up and put down. Adrian is a fairly typical British teenager - self-absorbed, well-informed about some topics, completely oblivious to others and trying to figure life out with only some help from the adults around him.

Adrian is mostly likable and this book is a fun look at British slang. It's also amusing to see the
Mar 02, 2013 Starasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Adrian, you self-proclaimed intellectual, revolutionary poet! Mostly you are naive, hormonal, and self-absorbed! Sue Townsend writes his diary with brilliance, panache, and much wit. I laughed out loud on almost every page. Here's a prime example: After one of Adrian's poem is maligned because it doesn't rhyme and is deemed in poor taste, he writes, "Must I live amongst uneducated peasants for the rest of my life? I long for the day when I buy my first studio flat in Hampstead. I will have a ...more
The Library Lady
Sep 10, 2007 The Library Lady rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-books
Long before Georgia Nicholson, there was Adrian Mole. And Adrian Mole is far, far, funnier.

Yes, he's a self absorbed teen who doesn't get anything going on around him. But his innocence is what makes him so real and sweet--we the outside readers see what is going on in his world, and we hurt for him.

More importantly, Adrian grows as a person. He never quite gets things, but he tries and he learns to care.

Best of all, Adrian gets to grow up. There are books up till the recent "Adrian Mole and th
Jennifer Wardrip
Apr 29, 2008 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was ok
This book wasn't at all what I had expected. After reading so many reviews about how hilariously funny it was, I found it to be a total let-down.

I chuckled over a few parts, but more often than not I was stuck on the British mannerisms and references to things of which I had no idea what the characters were talking about. I gave up after the fifth chapter.

Maybe others will find it a lot more humorous and easier to read than I did!
May 10, 2008 Tamara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: haveread
I discovered Adrian Mole when I was in jr. high. I comepletely fell in love with the tone of these books. It's a diary style journal of his teen years. Great fun. I only just discovered that Sue Townsend has more books in this series- following Adrian from school to college to adulthood. I can't wait to read more!
Ingrid van Beek
Feb 24, 2015 Ingrid van Beek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about this book. I rated it 4 but it felt more like a 3.5. I guess I really did enjoy it though. I've read better but the thing is, I have never really preferred diaries: Things like "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" or "Dear Dumb Diary" were just too awful because the kid keeps getting humiliated more and more and it never gets better. I wasn't even excited about "Anne Frank's Diary" (no hard feelings, it's just my opinion. I'm really moved by the story, but it was not the best as a ...more
Nov 10, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young people with strong bladders
I don't remember this so well really, and have even forgotten which part made me laugh so hard that I peed in my pants. It could be that the peeing was pretty much continuous. I know the laughter was.
Oct 15, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Monday March 2nd
Finished Animal Farm. It is dead symbolic. I cried when Boxer was taken to the vet's. From now on I shall treat pigs with the contempt they deserve. I am boycotting pork of all kinds.

Monday March 16th
Bert showed me a photograph of his dead wife, it was taken in the days before they had plastic surgery. Bert told me that he was a hostler when he got married (a hostler is somebody doing things with horses) and didn't really notice that his wife looked like a horse until he left to
Jul 04, 2013 Salathiel rated it really liked it
One thing that can carry a book, even if plot and writing is poor, is a remarkable character. While Adrian Mole falls just a little short of remarkable for me, he still was incredibly memorable.

It took me longer than I anticipated to get into this book. I could chalk that up to extrinsic life stresses or reading fatigue, but I sincerely think that it had to do with the plot. While the diary entries were short and comical, backed by a larger than life almost fourteen year old, what made them a
Jan 03, 2015 Lulu rated it it was amazing
Review of "Growing Pains":

This volume of his diary sees Adrian facing more serious problems than the first. His parents, reunited, must face the aftereffects of their respective affairs during their separation in the first book. The results leave Adrian forlorn enough to avoid reading the tabloids, saying he is dealing with enough sex scandals in his own life (and, to his chagrin, not his own sex scandals). The title's meaning reaches beyond the normal changes and epiphanies of adolescence. Adri
life as recorded in the daily diary of young adrian mole, an intellectual who dreams of glory and frequently sends his original poetry to the BBC. (whether they want it or not.) meanwhile, he must put up with his parents (on again off again married and/or employed), pandora (his on again off again lady love) and a variety of oddball friends and neighbors.

after i read "youth in revolt" by CD payne, some other readers informed me that it was a rip-off of these books (the volume i read includes the
Oct 24, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally picking up Adrian Mole again. I got this copy as a present to myself, which includes the first book as well as the second. The second? It's pretty much just like the first, so of course, I loved it. More ups and downs with Pandora, Adrian makes some new friends, Adrian has a new sister (Rosie, of questionable paternity), Stick Insect, etc.
Sep 20, 2015 Meghan rated it did not like it
Shelves: humor, ohio-state
If the diary of a teenage male protagonist growing up in the UK sounds like your wildest One Direction dreams, think again! Poor Adrian Mole doesn't age well, which is what I suspect made the book a tough read for me. Despite funny incidents, a few heartwarming ones, and even a strong voice, Mole is hard to decipher for a twenty-something American in 2015. I enjoyed it more than I expected once I'd gotten in to the rhythm, but I just can't recommend this one to anyone in good conscience unless y ...more
Apr 30, 2014 Ann rated it liked it
I wanted to lovelovelove this book and I wanted it to be funnier. Instead, he seemed like an inarticulate Holden Caulfield. Very true to the adolescent boys I've known and loved so I feel a concerned affection for him and his bony awkward efforts at growth. I think I would have loved it more if I'd read it as a teen or without the dog, about whom I was very worried. Townsend certainly broke ground in it when it came out but it was sort of a time capsule, like whatever I wore then.
Despoina Vassiliou
Mar 04, 2014 Despoina Vassiliou rated it really liked it
It's realy hard to understand it if you don't know English very well.
I'm doing it at school and it's fantastic. I realy love this book.
my brother wants to read it to and i will give it to him.
I didn't find that and I was looking everywhere but is perfect because we are reading it at schooland we are explain it.
Elisheva Rina
Jul 24, 2015 Elisheva Rina rated it liked it
It is laugh-out-loud, so I'll give it 3 stars. But the outlook on life is frankly depressing: None of the characters seem to have any real purpose. Is this really how most of the world feels? Or only people in England? Or did people get better after the '80s?
Mar 19, 2014 Caroline rated it liked it
So funny. Wish I had read them sooner - can't wait to read the rest.
However the funniest part of reading this book by far was reading Olivia's one star review - is it for real, or a clever reflection on the book?! Either way I ended up with tea coming out of my nostrils I laughed so much!
Suraya Sajoli
Sep 10, 2014 Suraya Sajoli rated it it was amazing
One of the best series i've ever read in my life! I have almost all the series since Adrian was a teenager until he's 40. It's really hilarious. I could remember myself laughing so hard reading all of it
Watermelon Daisy
May 21, 2012 Watermelon Daisy rated it did not like it
The Diary of Adrian Moles reminded me why I usually dislike diary-form ways of storytelling.

At first, the whole concept is fresh and new. I’m bouncing from page to page, sympathising for his lack of skills on getting the amazing love-interest Pandora, and laughing at his unintentionally funny jokes.

And then I reach about page 70 and I’m bored out of my mind. The whole diary-form of story-telling seems repetitive, and quite frankly, I just don’t care about him anymore.

It really is an unique, pl
Dec 02, 2008 Ashleigh rated it really liked it
Sarcastic cynicism & dryly humorous pessimism are my favorite, especially in young people. For some reason it's much funnier to me when the characters who possess this attribute are young. Of course there is always some truth, in my opinion, to all sarcasm. I related to this book as an adolescent and I can find new ways of relating to the main character and his goings on even now. Hilarious and poignant. A true account of how awkward and ridiculous and on-the-verge-of-a-constant-meltdown we ...more
Mar 21, 2011 Bookish rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2011
OK, I did enjoy this book. There were lots of hilarious things about it, but over all, I got tired of it. Mostly, I got tired of what a self-absorbed, selfish, ridiculously naive, snobby, hypochondriacal, pain in the ass that Adrian was. I mean, he was completely without any sense, although he fancied himself the most sensible of anyone...which in the context of his family, he probably was. The shtick got old after a while, perhaps because it seemed like between the ages of 13 3/4 and 16 he didn ...more
Julie Ehlers
Dec 11, 2010 Julie Ehlers rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny
I read "The Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4" several years ago and thought it was hilarious. Reading this book, which contains "Aged 13 3/4" as well as the second Adrian Mole novel, I actually found the whole thing disturbing. What I missed last time is that Adrian is genuinely trying to be a good person--what other teenager would spend his free time taking care of a lonely senior citizen and his scary dog? Meanwhile, his parents are busy acting like kids, screwing up Adrian's life as well as ...more
Jan 06, 2015 Cece rated it it was amazing
I had this recommended to me and I loved it, wished I had known about it a few years ago. Highly recommended.
Sep 20, 2015 Maya rated it it was amazing
Sue Townsend is one of my favourite writers! I am re-reading the whole Adrian Mole series. He is still a hilarious '(...) intellectual but at the same time (...) not very clever.'
Pauline Mole is my age now - when did that happen?
Jul 09, 2009 Leah rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
How in the world have I miss these books????!!!!

I was a bit disheartened to find out that Adrian Plass and his diaries are less original than I thought they were. Even went to far as to copy the toothache story!!

Adrian Mole is a teenager who lives in a totally dysfunctional family and is suffering the pains of adolescence while being poverty stricken. The books are hilarious, heartwarming, and a downright terrible at times, but I love them.

Anyone who likes Adrian Plass will enjoy these books. A
Jan 12, 2013 Malsha rated it it was amazing
Well, I must say, I'm glad this was the first book I chose to read in 2013. It was not disappointing at all. I was humored by the Adrian Mole diaries. His self absorption was very entertaining up to the extent of a humour which made me laugh out loud, which consequently led to irritated glances by my sister. I was thoroughly entertained by the story line and I owe Sue Townsend a great deal for the hours I spent reading the book. Mighty glad indeed. A bloke like Adrian Mole is definitely not a ch ...more
Joe Jaffa
Aug 01, 2014 Joe Jaffa rated it it was amazing
Read this book when I was 14 and loved every second of it. Easily my favorite book of my early teen years.
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Susan Lillian "Sue" Townsend is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Adrian Mole series of books. Her writing tends to combine comedy with social commentary, though she has written purely dramatic works as well. She suffered from diabetes for many years, as a
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Other Books in the Series

Adrian Mole (8 books)
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4  (Adrian Mole, #1)
  • The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole (Adrian Mole #2)
  • True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole (Adrian Mole, #3)
  • Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years (Adrian Mole, #4)
  • Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years (Adrian Mole, #5)
  • Adrian Mole and the Weapons of Mass Destruction (Adrian Mole, #6)
  • The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001 (Adrian Mole, #7)
  • Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years (Adrian Mole, #8)

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