The Growing Pains Of Adrian Mole (Adrian Mole #2)
At fourteen, Adrian Mole's life continues to be nothing but a set of tragic circumstances: His tempestuous relationship with an alluring schoolmate tortures him, while his intellectualism continues to be ignored by the British press. Despite it all he remains as agonizingly funny as ever in this, the second of his diaries.
Here are just a few samples of Adrian's diary:
Sunday May 9th
Mother's Day (USA & Canada)
I have just realized that I have never seen a dead body or a real female nipple. This is what comes of living in a cul-de-sac.
Friday August 6th
Sent Pandora a postcard:
The sun came out on Wednesday, but it didn't reach into the black despair caused by our separation. It is a cultural desert here.
Thank God I have brought my Nevil ...more
So, Adrian Mole, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways, but quickly because my laptop is dying and I can't muster the energy to go upstairs and get my charger. Yes, it has come to this. I'm THAT wiped out tonight.
1. You are hysterical. Flat out awkward, whiny, obnoxious, pretension and endearing.
2. Your family-situation is completely effed. I love that your parents show disdain for you. I love ...more
Second entry in the hilarious Adrian Mole series. He's coming up on age 16 now, and still as angst-ridden as he was in the first book. This is so accurate. I'm not SO far away from my own teen years that I'm not able to recognize the behavior as my own at that time. Very witty and all the more surprising as it comes from an adult woman writing about the feelings of a teenage boy. Genius. My only caveat is th ...more
so adrian mole is back again..the intellectual trying to decide whether he should or shouldn't do is 'o levels' and how he feels about his mum being pregnant (HE DID NOT REALISE UNTIL SHE ACTUALLY SAID I AM PREGNANT OMG)
his observations are the best. his comments on politics and oh his poetry that he sends to the BBC...he is just absolutely hilarious.
his on and off relationship with the pretentious snob pandora and omg BERT BAXTER AND QUEENIE. =(
if you enjoyed the firs ...more
Between the arrival of both Brett and his new sister Rosie he is now not the only child of the Mole family which he finds disturbing at times especially as his mother is not ...more
In this, the follow up to 'The Secret Diary...' our gormless Sartre wannabe has to deal with O Levels, Pandora, and his two new half siblings - the fruits of both his mum and dad's extra marital affairs. A quiet year then!
Poor Adrian isn't the sharpest tool in the box is he? His diary entries are honest and diligent, but he always fails to get the bigger picture and that's where the humour comes from. It's subtle and inferred but hugely amusing at times.
My favou ...more
Re-reading, I couldn't help but laugh out loud at Adrian's mother abandoning him at the social security office, and Adrian's ill fated attempt to go it all alone. The writing is faultless, the ch ...more
The main problem though is that this family is ...more
26 August 2013
This continues on with the tradition of the first book that Townsend wrote and follows Adrian's life as he continues to struggle as a teenager in Britain in the 1980s. The series does continue on right up to the Iraq War and it appears that throughout his life he is madly in love with a woman named Pandora (I don't think that she is his first girlfriend, but I believe that he dumped his first girlfriend for Pandora). It seems that the idea is that A ...more
Adrian is such a real and believable character that it's hard to believe he sprung from the mind of a middle-aged woma ...more
Mole’s life picks up where The Secret Diary left off, with his on/off relationship with Pandora and his parents’ grudging reunion after both having affairs.
Reaching the age of 15, Adrian seems to be particularly naive. While that was a ch ...more
This is a coming of age (literally) novel surrounding the diary of Adrian Mole, a now 15 year old prepubescent boy who is learning to control his hormones, and work with and around his family problems at the same time as stabilising a relationship with a girl, who he believes is his one and only. This is a quick and easy read, and I found myself outwardly chuckling on various occasions as it is very to the point and quite witty for a boy that age.
With regards to the wit, it’s ...more
I'd forgotten just how funny Adrian Mole was. I read the rest of the series a year or so ago but there was a gap where I'd misplaced this one. Adrian is best as a teenager, he becomes annoying as he turns into an adult. I t ...more
Growing Pains covers the aftermath of the first book. Adrian loses his status as an only child to be the brother to a sister and the half brother to the child of his father's mistress. His sister might also be a half sister if she was conceived during his mother's brief affair.
The book takes him to adulthood (16 in Britain) and rather ...more
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 ...more