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
Adrian Mole starts the new year with a huge spot on his chin. Sue Townsend's famous tale of a teenager read by Nicholas Barnes.
The diary covers the period January 1981 through to beginning of April 1982. Therefore Adrian was not 13 throughout the story (false advertising?); instead he was merely 13 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 cert ...more
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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
I defently see why its so highly praised.
A very,very,very funny book, that is hands down one of my new top humor books.
And lucky for me there are lots of other books in the series out :)
Poor old Adrian: so innocent and pompous and self-deluded, all at the same time. This book is very, very English; I think that I had just enough knowledge of the culture (after 24 years of being with a British man) to pretty much "get" it. It also helps that I was more or less the same age as Adrian in the early 1980s. Great social document, with some enduring humour -- a lot of it in the gap between what Adrian thinks/understands and what the r ...more
I am ever so pleased that there are a total of 8 Adrian Mole diaries to enjoy. The title of the final book is ADRIAN MOLE: THE PROSTRATE YEARS.
Thank you Jen! This little copy traveled home with me from London and I can't think of a better souvenir.
The author also has ...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
So much for the National Health Service. I will get a paper-round and go private. (Snort)
If I was the loneliest person in the world I wouldn't phone up our school. I would ring the speaking clock; that talks to you every ten seconds. (Still available to dial on 123!)
It is the first day of spring. The council have chopped all the elms down in Elm Tree Avenue. (Quite!)
I am reading The Mill on the Floss, by a bloke called George Eliot. (Yes, I made the same assumption first read)
Epiphany is somethi ...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
For the adult ...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
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
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
Upon m ...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 r ...more
Susan Lillian "Sue" Townsend was 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, ...more