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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4

(Adrian Mole #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  38,467 ratings  ·  1,395 reviews
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.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published August 14th 2003 by HarperTeen (first published 1982)
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☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
Hilariously incongruous! :) This kid is so disgusting that I loved it!

Anyway I think I’m turning into an intellectual. It must be all the worry. (c)
Eight days have gone by since Christmas Day but my mother still hasn’t worn the green lurex apron I bought her for Christmas! She will get bathcubes next year. (c)
I felt rotten today. It’s my mother’s fault for singing ‘My Way’ at two o’clock in the morning at the top of the stairs. Just my luck to have a mother like her. There is a chance my p
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 (Adrian Mole, #1), Sue Townsend
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 is the first book in the Adrian Mole series of comedic fiction, written by Sue Townsend. The book is written in a diary style, and focuses on the worries and regrets of a teenager who believes himself to be an intellectual. The story is set in 1981 and 1982, and in the background it refers to some of the historic world events of the time, such as the Falklands War and the wedding
April 25

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
Rebecca McNutt
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's been a long time since I've even picked up an Adrian Mole book or watched the TV show, and reading this one I was expecting lots of unnecessary teen drama. Surprisingly Adrian is actually a very witty main character and this book is much more funny than griping, full of weird mishaps and Adrian's musings of his peers, daily life and quirky family. Anybody who's ever been a teenager can probably relate to his concise observations, and the whole thing is a lot of fun to read through. Best of ...more
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've just read this to my daughter who is exactly this age. I'd read the book when it first came out but it was great to revisit both it and the memories that it stirred. Reliving the Falklands War, the Royal Wedding, mass unemployment, stress over the changes to the school system etc was fascinating if only to realise how little has changed! We almost had to stop reading at one point as each day's literary Mole catastrophe coincidentally seemed to then occur in my daughter's real life: her firs ...more
Oct 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Harry Potter (in case he needs another book to stab)
Recommended to Amanda by: It was forced on me! I will deny every argument against this!
1 dead star.
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
Nov 06, 2007 rated it liked it
The Diary of Adrian Mole is like a snarky one-liner that continues for 135 pages. Adrian is a self-centered, irreverent British 14-year-old whose diary entries include nuggets of wisdom such as:

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
Ivonne Rovira
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who's been 13
Recommended to Ivonne by: Manny Rayner
Like many before him, pimply, priggish, pretentious 13-year-old Adrian Mole — well, 13 and three-fourths, to be precise — begins a diary on New Year’s Day. Well, he Leicester had me from the very start. Adrian’s the sort of boy who imagines a future in which his parents, his teachers, school bully Barry Kent, and just about everyone will be sorry that they weren’t nicer to him. My favorite quote? “Perhaps when I am famous and my diary is discovered, people will understand the torment of being a ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Adrian Mole first when I was his age, but before my interest in the opposite sex was kindled. It left enough impression to resurface. The secondhand paperbacks in original English are literally leafing loose from overreading in my late twenties. What do older readers get out of him ? A hilarious reminder that we were all once this young and stupid, coupled with the relief that we came through.

The first book remains - together with its direct sequel, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole - the
Tim Roast
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You've probably heard of "The Secret (although not anymore it would seem) Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 " but I'll review it anyway.

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 cer
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
While it made me laugh out loud on occasion, this book was just not for me. I know Adrian is supposed to be clueless but he’s also obnoxious and most of the time I wanted to reach through the pages to choke him. His situation is not a good one, but I get the feeling he would be just as annoying even in the perfect home. I suppose the humor is just not my style.

This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
Oda Renate
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this today for school(yeay english lit class).
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 :)
I wanted to read something different from my usual reads so my friend Smitha recommended this book to me. When she mentioned that this book is written like a diary, the usual picture of a bubbly girl writing a diary came to my mind but it was Adrian Mole and I haven't read my books with male diary writers so this was the main reason I picked this book.

This is the diary of Adrian Mole who is 13 3/4 years old and is waiting for his birthday. He considers himself and the readers intellectuals so hi
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
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.
Ryan Williams
Nov 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Serialised on radio, adapted for TV, Adrian Mole has earned himself a place alongside Jim Dixon and Mr Pooter in our culture.

Mole seemed an unlikely success from the start. After years of hardscrabble living, single parenting, poverty, and naff writers' groups, Townsend submitted a monologue to BBC radio about a boy called Nigel Mole. A suit named John Tydeman liked the piece and helped get it on the radio; a torrent of book offers followed after the first few broadcasts.

After being sent to Me
Mar 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult

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
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely formative for my being. I've read it so many times (the edition whose cover is an homage to "Catcher in the Rye") my original copy is worn. It's actually the 3rd copy as two I loaned out were never returned.
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
Beth Bonini
I have been meaning to read this classic for YEARS.

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
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anglophile
Adrian, how is it that we've only just met? You're hilarious. I laughed so frequently that my husband took you from my possession as soon as I was finished and started reading as well. I hope he agrees with me that it is dead brill.

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
Marco Esteves
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
i still didn't get the message behind it wtr
Simon Taylor
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Like other things for the 13’s like Haribo and cheesy films, they can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. On the surface, Adrian lives an entertaining life, caught up in the dramas of the day-to-day: school, family, girls and a horribly tight budget. We can relate to his experiences, both trials and triumphs, and easily engage with the titular calendar. Sue Townsend does a brilliant job of regressing to her teenage years to remember the intimacies of the most awkward age group.

For the adult
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
"I am an intellectual, but at the same time I am not very clever."

I remember reading this when I was younger and, although I immensely enjoyed it then, I love it more now than ever before. Adrian really is quite relatable, with his tendency to jump to conclusions, overanalyse and make a catastrophe of everything, and I really can't help but laugh at at least half of the decisions he makes (sending his poetry to the BBC?!)

I also love the shortness of each of the diary entries and how quickly you
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very much set in the 70's, thankfully I managed to get most of the references.
The gags will mainly work depending on how well you know that era.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beth inspired me to reread this one! Fully gets me cackling every time, took me back to when I first read it and my mum had to explain some of the language to me. I, too, would hate to die an unqualified virgin.
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I was around 13 years of age when I first read this novel, so I only had a couple of vague recollections about it. But I definitely remembered that I liked it, so I re-read it, and I still like it a lot, for many reasons.

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
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was much more entertaining than I expected
Lee Osborne
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting to read people's reactions to this. I was particularly struck by the few negative reviews - I think to fully appreciate this book, there's a few things you need to bear in mind.

First and foremost, Adrian is an unreliable narrator. Much of the book's humour comes from how naive, clueless and slow on the uptake he is, even for a teenager. I think if you take it at face value, you'll miss a great deal. I first read it when I was a kid, and totally didn't get it! As an adult, reading it
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading this novel in diary entries after seeing the ecstatic squibs, I found myself thinking, "Well, not laugh out loud funny, but mildly amusing ...."

The further I got into this compulsively readable book, though, the more I warmed to Adrian Mole, who confesses his hopes, lusts, disappointments, views of the world and much more from age 13 3/4 to nearly age 15. Living north of London, Adrian is burdened (in his view) by two parents who don't get along (and then do), a hope
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-and-2-5-stars
2 Stars.

This really isn't my sort of book, hence the low rating, so this review isn't really fair either.

I found this book too boring to physically read so I instead listened to the audiobook; which I never do because I don't like audiobooks at all. This made it slightly easier but I still found Adrian to be irritating and whingy. Mostly, I had to force myself to finish this.

The only reason this is getting two stars is because I can appreciate Adrian's iconic character, and the importance this b
Brecht Denijs
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Hilarious and a little sad at the same time. I remember reading bits and pieces when I was young and even though the book is marketed as young adult, I do believe it is actually more fun to read as an adult as you now recognise the pretentiousness of the teen you once were. Points where I might have agreed with Adrian at age 13 myself now had me laughing out loud. He's such a lovable goof, my favourite bits were when he was completely unaware of his own inabillities or his infinite humble braggi ...more
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