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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
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Feb 27, 11

Read on February 27, 2011

I started reading this because somewhere on the inturwebz I read someone referencing it as the basis for Youth In Revolt, one of my favorite books. And that Youth In Revolt stole it's character, narrative tone, and pretty much the substance of the book.
Not much. Youth In Revolt definitely owes a debt of gratitude to Adrian Mole, but that is all. It stands on it's own feet, and has it's own merits. Adrian Mole is much more subdued. Youth In Revolt has an absurdity to it that Mole does not. I definitely rate YIR higher than Adrian Mole, that having been said, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and finished it and the first sequel in a matter of a couple afternoons.

Sorry this review was mostly about Youth In Revolt and not really about The Secret Diaries Of Adrian Mole.

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