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The Adrian Mole Diaries

(Adrian Mole #1-2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,518 ratings  ·  128 reviews
Adrian Mole faces the same agonies that 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 charmed more than five million readers since its two-volume initial publication. ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
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 17, 2007 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
The Library Lady
Sep 10, 2007 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
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.
Feb 20, 2013 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
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's been a while since I've read a book in a dairy format. "The Adrian Mole Diaries" was extremely hysteric at times, regardless of how tragic it was. In many ways I could really relate to Adrian and that made me feel like maybe life isn't so hopeless. Because the hopeful undertone in this book and Adrian's character made it easy to believe that this boy will get through everything owing to his ability to always have faith. And although everyone breaks down occasionally, Adrian will always get ...more
May 10, 2008 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!
Linda Vismane
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Exactly as reviews told it would be - filled with sadness and lots of family problems and yet funny and hilarious. Liked it. Might read the other books as well at some point.

Also, adults tend to be very dumb. Sometimes even dumber than their kids. C'est la vie.
Nov 10, 2007 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.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Ugh, I can't with this book. Everyone sucks, I didn't find anything funny, and I feel so badly for that POOR DOG! Just run away and save yourself!

Pearl ruled, page 45.
Oct 15, 2013 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
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it

Adrian Mole faces the same agonies that 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 charmed more than five million readers since its two-volume initial publication. From teen-aged Adrian's anguished adoration of a lovely, mercurial schoolmate to his view of his parents' constantly
Feb 05, 2011 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
Jun 28, 2013 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
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book can really make you laugh.
Ingrid van Beek
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
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
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the things that cracked me up the most:
Friday, March 6th:
"..... Used my father's library tickets to get War and Peace out....''

Saturday, March 7th
''...... Finished War and Peace. It was quite good.''

There might be no rational reason for me to burst out laughing over this, as I have not read the 1392 page long literary genius myself, but how on earth does the 13 year old Adrian read it in one day with his school and other duties, as described, in between? I had to wonder if this tiny toget
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
Meradeth Houston
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Somehow I hadn't heard of this series, but a good friend told me about loving them as a kid and I had to pick up a copy. It is hilarious! Adrian is goofy and incredibly self absorbed--but in a way that comes across as amusing rather than completely annoying. He is dealing with some difficult issues: his parents are in limbo, he finds himself with younger siblings in a rather unexpected way, and he's definitely teased. However, he carries on, in true British fashion, and somehow never loses sight ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my all-time favorite book, hands down. Waxing poetic about it won't do it justice, so I'll just be honest. I went to Barnes and Noble and asked for a comedy to read on a family road trip, and was given this by the sales guy. I was pretty disappointed, because it looked unassuming and started out kind of bland, but I got hooked fast on the easy, cynical writing and subsequently I was inspired to keep a journal. I've written every day for about 6 years, just basic stuff, and I've got to th ...more
Kerry Pickens
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
I chose this book to read because one of the review of Henrick Groen's Diary said that the book was similar to Adrian Mole's Diary. The style is very similar as they are both diaries of characters that have very dry wits and are laugh out loud funny. The difference of course being that Henrick is 83 and Adrian is 13. Adrian's entries are about pimples, girls, being bullied at school, charity work with the elderly, and his parents marital problems. The book is a bit dated as it was written in the ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious teenage angst

Adrian Mole a jumped up teenager believing himself better than his parents and surroundings created by Sue Townsend.
Adrian so funny in his utter self belief of his intelligence but oblivious to the lives surrounding him aside from his complete obsession with Pandora Braithwaite the spoiled and slutty madam!
I'm officially obsessed already with this series onto the next one!
Jennifer Wardrip
Apr 29, 2008 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!
Lubov Yakovleva
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Читала давным-давно. Хохотала.
Возможно, если стану перечитывать, не пойму, что же мне было так смешно.
Но тогда да...

В память о прошлом.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the first Adrian Mole diary several years ago and loved it. At the time I didn't realize that there were more volumes — and I was happy to discover them. I read constantly and the three books I'd recently finished were not favorites and they were pretty dark, so I needed some light in my life. I looked at my shelves and my Kindle "shelf," and found a few Adrian Moles that I'd picked up, without realizing it, for such a moment. These diaries are perfect when you need a quick lift. So light ...more
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"10am. I am ill with all the worry, too weak to write much. Nobody has noticed I haven't eaten any breakfast.
2pm. Had two junior aspirins at midday and rallied a bit. Perhaps when I am famous and my diary is discovered people will understand the torment of being a 13-3/4-year-old undiscovered intellectual."

How has it taken me over 23 years to get round to reading this fantastic book?! Literally didn't want to put it down, it's so funny!

Happy 50th Birthday Adrian Mole!
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that these two books were quite good. Adrian is such a lovable teenager who calls himself an intellectual however often misses things that are going on right in front of his face. I like that the author carried it on into his adult years and would be interested in reading those as well. This would make a good television sitcom series I think.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
Jon Officer
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just hilarious and so relatable it's uncanny
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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

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)
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