The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 (Adrian Mole #1)
Adrian Mole's first love, Pandora, has left him; a neighbor, Mr. Lucas, appears to be seducing his mother (and what does that mean for his father?); the BBC refuses to publish his poetry; and his dog swallowed the tree off the Christmas cake. "Why" indeed.
About the Author
Sue Townsend is the author of The Queen and I and The Adrian Mole books. She lives in England.
I start reading a book called Diary of a Nobody. It is boring and not much happens, also Mr. Pooter is pretty dim. I don't get it. Why would anyone want to write a book about a nobody who takes himself far too seriously?
I decide that I will write a book about myself that will be quite different, it will be full of important things I do and extremely interesting. Perhaps I will call it Diary of a Somebody. But then people won't know which somebody it is, since everyone is somebody. I dec...more
I don't know how Townsend knows so much about the workings of a male teenaged mind, but it's thoroughly convincing and all hilarious. Adrian Mole is a young intellectual and poet, constantly disgusted by his un-intellectual parents whose marriage is rocky and who split up during the course of the novel. Mole spends a lot of time agonising over his age (e...more
Pandora and I are in love! It is official! She told Claire Neilson, who told Nigel, who told me.
I told Nigel to tell Claire to tell Pandora that I return her love. I am over the moon with joy and rapture. I can overlook the fact that Pandora smokes five Benson and Hedges a day and has her own lighter. Whe...more
I still remember sitting in Freshman (College Bound) English with Madame Gouldy and looking over to see Jonathan Reinke chuckling quietly over the paperback he was trying to hide under his desk. I asked him what it was and he showed me. Luckily, I was able to get my own copy soon...more
The diary covers the period January 1981 through to beginning of April 1982. Therefore Adrian was not 13 ¾ throughout the story (false advertising?); instead he was merely 13 ¾ at the beginning and 15 at the end.
It is now 30 years since the diary's release and apart from mentions to the price of things (£30,000 for a semi-detached house, if only) and the mention of...more
Very enjoyable overall. In the world of authors, Sue Townsend is in a neighboring cul-da-sac from Roald Dahl. Quirky character names, a lead who hasn't got the best of luck but you still root for, a dirty, wry sense of humor and a touch of English. Poor Adrian Mole's parents are breaking apart, no one can control the family's nameless dog,...more
I couldn't laugh more with Adrian's worries about spots, it's the first boy I know (even it's fictional) that cares about that!
He's in love with Pandora, a girl that, personally thinking, is a girl that bri...more
I had never read this book before but I know it was hugely popular when it came out (when I was a few years too young to read it) and it has also spawned many sequels, so there must be something to it. Overall, I read it quite quickly when I actually sat down with it (it wasn't my main book so took a...more
It starts with his New Year to-do list which is an absolute killer all by itself. And then the reader slowly reads through the days of Adrian’s life and laughs him or herself silly just because of his weird ways of explaining things to himself.
Finally falls in love with a girl from his class and goes through the painful experience...more
Yes, I hate this book so much, I killed its sole, lonely star.
As this was a school assigned book, I have written a much more formal review from an objective point of view for my English class. I also wrote a review purely for me, from a very subjective point of view. Feel free to just read the objective one but if you want to see how bad the book was for me, personally, read to the end.
Without further ado...
The Objective Review:
From an objective point of view, The Secret Diary of Ad...more
First of all, I like it because this novel is really laugh-out-loud funny. Adrian Mole, a moderately loser teenager – whose life is a never-ending fight against his pimples, his careless parents, the unmanageable family dog, the school bully, and, in general, the whole English...more
For the adul...more
I would recommend this to people who like to read about eccentric, ordinary people -e.g.- 'Diary of a Nobody'kind of books
I was surprised to see this as a Kindle Daily Deal but snapped it up, as I had almost forgotten the book existed! I instantly opened it and began to r...more
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I have this with my epistolary novels, but really it's written in a diary format - so that's just for lack of a better classification. This is the first of a series, and I laughed out loud (as I often do with Sue Townsend). British humor can be very dry, and some of the cultural references did indeed require explan...more
Well, no, there's no epic paranormal story, no swoon-worthy guys, no vampires.
BUT this book will have you laughing your asses off.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole is the bird on the left.
This is written in diary form, by a boy called Adrian Mole, who starts off as 13 3/4 but is 15 when the story ends.
Adrian is not a funny person.
But he has no ide...more
I actually started highlighting a lot of the stupid (but hilarious) things that Mole says (oh how I love be...more
What is up with these 14 year old boy books where the boy is all about himself from beginning to end? Did Ponyboy spoil me forever? Ponyboy, now there's a nice, sensitive kid.
The worst part of this book (like others of this genre that I've read recently) is that I just don't see much character development. This character is pretty much the same, beginning to end.
I did laugh out loud in a couple of spots, and that's what saved this bo...more
Sometimes, over the years I've been reading his diaries, I have a hard time accepting that the author was never a boy herself. This book and its followups are laugh-out-loud funny.
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 has suffered from diabetes for many years, a...more