Book Review: The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend

growing pains adrian mole front coverThe Growing Pains of Adrian Mole is the second book in the Adrian Mole series by Sue Townsend.

The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole follows on from The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole 13¾, chronicling the daily struggles facing a teenager growing up in the 1980’s.  Of course, many of the problems faced by the teenagers then are still current for teenagers today.

As we move through another year in Adrian Mole’s life, we meet familiar faces (Pandora, Bert, Queenie and Nigel, to name but a few) as well as new ones (Brett and Rosie, for instance).  Not only does Adrian have to deal with life as he knows it, but there are now the added complications of being a big brother.  Can things get any more difficult for this adolescent intellectual who has still to find recognition?

This is a wonderfully funny book – in fact, whenever I need cheering up, it is usually to this series that I turn.  There is something so very astute and moving in the way Sue Townsend was able to capture the frustrations of growing up, and yet she did it in such a way that you can’t help but laugh.

And of course, the stark reality of living through the eighties is also well-documented in the story, as current affairs and issues of the day are vividly brought to life.  The cast of characters is quite simply amazing but nothing beats being able to see the world through the eyes of Adrian Mole.  His personality just lifts off the page.

A timeless classic that will take you on a roller-coaster of emotions.  It will however, leave you smiling. Highly recommended!



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