The Adrian Mole Diaries: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole

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Adrian Mole faces the same agoniesthat life sets before most adolescents:trouble s with girls, school, parents,and an uncaring world. The difference,though, between young Master Mole andhis peers is that this British lad keeps adiary—an earnest chronicle of longingand disaster that has charmed morethan five million readers since its two-volumeinitial publication. From teenagedAdrian’s anguished adoration of a lovely,mercurial schoolmate to hisview of his parents’ constantly creaking  relationship to ...

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Overview

Adrian Mole faces the same agoniesthat life sets before most adolescents:trouble s with girls, school, parents,and an uncaring world. The difference,though, between young Master Mole andhis peers is that this British lad keeps adiary—an earnest chronicle of longingand disaster that has charmed morethan five million readers since its two-volumeinitial publication. From teenagedAdrian’s anguished adoration of a lovely,mercurial schoolmate to hisview of his parents’ constantly creaking  relationship to hisheartfelt but hilarious attemptsat cathartic verse, here is anoutrageous triumph of deadpan—anddeadly accurate—satire. ABBA, PrincessDi’s wedding, street punks, Monty Python,the Falklands campaign . . . all the culturalpageantry of a keenly observed eramarches past the unique perspective ofSue Townsend’s brilliant comic creation:A . Mole, the unforgettable lad whoseself-absorption only gets funnier as hislife becomes more desperate.

The hilarious prequel and companion volume to the August release, The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Adrian is 13 years old when we get our first look at his diary, and he has a spot on his chin. For the next two and a half years, dozens of wearisome spots plague him, along with the vitamin-deficient meals his parents supply, his horror of physical exercise and the length of his ``thing,'' which he measures indefatigably. An insatiable reader, he inquires of the cultural department at the BBC how to become an Intellectual, an enterprise hobbled by the superior brilliance of his girfriend Pandora, who prefers to be called Box. But his solipsistic preoccupations are interrupted by his mother's affair with the next-door neighbor, his father's with the woman down the block, his father's job redundancy and subsequent problems with the Dole, and especially by the demands of Bert Baxter, an old-age pensioner whom Adrian, as a member of the Good Samaritans, has agreed to visit. This is nothing, however, to the blow to his pride when his mother becomes pregnant and gives birth to a baby who seems to make Adrian himself redundant. Townsend's wry depiction of Adrian's adolescence should make even the soberest reader laugh out loud. But underneath the humor there are provocative thoughts about family relationships and contemporary society. In Britain, the books (the original and a sequel, here combined into one volume) sold some five million copies, inspired a long-running musical and a TV miniseries, and made Adrian Mole a household name. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062004697
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/9/2010
  • Series: Adrian Mole Series
  • Pages: 293
  • Sales rank: 405,486
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Sue Townsend is the author of The Queen and I and The Adrian Mole books. She lives in England.

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THURSDAY JANUARY 1ST
BANK HOLIDAY IN ENGLAND,
IRELAND, SCOTLAND AND WALES

These are my New Year's resolutions:
1. I will help the blind across the road.
2. I will hang my trousers up.
3. I will put the sleeves back on my records.
4. I will not start smoking.
5. I will stop squeezing my spots.
6. I will be kind to the dog.
7. I will help the poor and ignorant.
8. After hearing the disgusting noises from downstairs last night, I have also vowed never to drink alcohol.

My father got the dog drunk on cherry brandy at the party last night. If the RSPCA hear about it he could get done. 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.

Just my luck, I've got a spot on my chin for the first day of the New Year!

FRIDAY JANUARY 2ND
BANK HOLIDAY IN SCOTLAND. FULL MOON

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 parents could be alcoholics. Next year I could be in a children's home.

The dog got its own back on my father. It jumped up and knocked down his model ship, then ran into the garden with the rigging tangled in its feet. My father kept saying, ''Three months' work down the drain," over and over again.

The spot on my chin is getting bigger. It's my mother's fault for not knowing about vitamins.

SATURDAY JANUARY 3RD

I shall go mad through lack of sleep! My father has banned the dog from the house so it barked outside my window all night. Just my luck! My father shouted a swear-word at it.If he's not careful he will get done by the police for obscene language.

I think the spot is a boil. Just my luck to have it where everybody can see it. I pointed, out to my mother that I hadn't had any vitamin C today. She said, "Go and buy an orange, then.'' This is typical.

She still hasn't worn the lurex apron.
I will be glad to get back to school.

SUNDAY JANUARY 4TH SECOND AFTER CHRISTMAS
My father has got the flu. I'm not surprised with the diet we get. My mother went out in the rain to get him a vitamin C drink, but as I told her, "It's too late now.'' It's a miracle we don't get scurvy. My mother says she can't see anything on my chin, but this is guilt because of the diet.The dog has run off because my mother didn't close the gate. I have broken the arm on the stereo. Nobody knows yet, and with a bit of luck my father will be ill for a long time. He is the only one who uses it apart from me. No sign of the apron.

MONDAY JANUARY 5TH
The dog hasn't come back yet. It is peaceful without it. My mother rang the police and gave a description of the dog. She made it sound worse than it actually is: straggly hair over its eyes and all that. I really think the police have got better things to do than look for dogs, such as catching murderers. I told my mother this but she still rang them. Serve her right if she was murdered because of the dog.

My father is still lazing about in bed. He is supposed to be ill, but I noticed he is still smoking!

Nigel came round today. He has got a tan from his Christmas holiday. I think Nigel will be ill soon from the shock of the cold in England. I think Nigel's parents were wrong to take him abroad.

He hasn't got a single spot yet. TUESDAY JANUARY 6TH
EPIPHANY. NEW MOON

The dog is in trouble!

It knocked a meter-reader off his bike and messed all the cards up. So now we will all end up in court I expect. A policeman said we must keep the dog under control and asked how long it had been lame. My mother said it wasn't lame, and examined it. There was a tiny model pirate trapped in its left front paw.

The dog was pleased when my mother took the pirate out and it jumped up the policeman's tunic with its muddy paws. My mother fetched a cloth from the kitchen but it had strawberry jam on it where I had wiped the knife, so the tunic was worse than ever. The policeman went then. I'm sure he swore. I could report him for that. I will look up Epiphany in my new dictionary.

Copyright ) 1982 by Sue Townsend The Adrian Mole Diaries. Copyright © by Sue Townsend. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Jennifer Wardrip - Personal Read

    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.<BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>Maybe others will find it a lot more humorous and easier to read than I did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    This book is amazing!!! It realy captures the isues of this age in a wonderfuly funny way. It reminds me of 'Catcher in the Rye' a little bit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2004

    Outstanding

    I love this book! I just couldn't put it down, and ran out to get the 2nd book as soon as I was done! Definetely one of my favorite books- and believe me I read all the time. Read this book- you'll love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2002

    Can You Say 'Fabulous'?

    Fabulous. Anything less would be an understatement. Sue Townsend gets two thumbs up from me for being able to relate so well to an adolescents' feelings and is able to translate it into humourous reading for the masses out there. As for Adrian Mole himself... well, just go and read the book. I'm not going to tell you anything. But all I will say is, you won't regret it... trust me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2001

    The Over Rated Book

    I read half of this book and was greatly dissapointed. I thought it was very babyish in places and sometimes very annoying when he kept saying- 'Just my luck'. I think iit went on a bit. Its supposed to be funny but it didn't make my mouth move a bit!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2000

    Brilliant reading

    This book is just so funny. Typical British humour on the part of the author.

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