Quick Review (read on for the full review)
This short book came across as a bit disjointed but I still found it to be funny and engaging in places. 3 / 5
Summary (from Goodreads)
Adrian Mole has grown up. At least that’s what it says on his passport. But living at home, clinging to his threadbare cuddly rabbit ‘Pinky’, working as a paper pusher for the DoE and pining for the love of his life Pandora has proved to him that adulthood isn’t quite what he hoped it would be. Still, intellectual poets can’t always have things their own way …
Included here are two other less well-known diarists: Sue Townsend and Margaret Hilda Roberts, a rather ambitious grocer’s daughter from Grantham.
He offered me Turkish coffee. I accepted, not wanting to appear provincial. When it came I regretted my inferiority complex.
The format of this book is different to the previous two in the series, which were single author diaries spanning the course of a year. Subsequently the events they recounted flowed seamlessly with other concurrent happenings. In True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole we have snippets from three different diarists: Adrian Mole, who is granted two-thirds of the book, with the remaining third being split between the author Sue Townsend and Margaret Hilda Roberts (Margaret Thatcher).
This book felt a bit disjointed, which made it difficult to read in a few places. This is not a very long book – only 160 or so pages in length – so to have three diaries written in very different voices and styles and focusing on very different subject matters, interrupted the flow.
However, there were still plenty of gems about teenage / young adult life that made me laugh as well as the social / economic / political commentary of the late 1980’s that really didn’t. As with the first two diaries (The Diary of Adrian Mole 13 3/4 and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole), these two spheres are cleverly woven together to build a picture of what it was like to grow up in this period whilst still feeling relevant today. The Mole / Mancini Letters and The Mole / Kent Letters, along with Adrian’s quest to reconnect with Pandora and his slip-up at the library involving Jane Austen’s novels, were great. Some of the quips Margaret Hilda Roberts made were funny, but I guess if you are a Margaret Thatcher fan or were a fan of her politics you would not find the satire in her teenage fictional diary amusing.