Book Review: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ is the first book in the Adrian Mole series by Sue Townsend.

Adrian Mole is an intellectual (he thinks!) whom no-one understands.  The world it seems to him, is out to ensure that when he grows up he won’t be able to reach his full potential.  It’s not just the other kids at school, but even his parents seem out to sabotage his progress!  Just his luck…

It has been quite a few years since I read this book, and after reading it, I’m still surprised that it was published before I was born!

As it is Adrian’s secret diary, the language is very frank and to the point.  Although it doesn’t tell a story as such, we get a glimpse of the world through his eyes, as he sees it and experiences it between the ages of 13 ¾ and 15.  It covers a number of issues, most if not all of them as relevant today as they were in the early 1980’s.  First love, school, hopes and dreams, bullying, parental problems, the Royal wedding, politics…so many subjects are touched upon.

This is an endearing, laugh out loud funny book, which I highly recommended.

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