The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ – Sue Townsend


The book in one sentence: The teenage male novel version of Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Who would you recommend it to: I seriously wonder if teenage boys would like this book. If you wanted to know what the fuss is all about for this book, then read it.

Best bits: The déjà vu I constantly experienced, as if reading the teenage male version of Bridget Jones. And the bit about how Adrian Mole thinks he’s an “intellectual”. That was bloody hilarious.

Boring bits: The whole book is sort of boring, but in a good way. It’s the kind of boring you don’t mind reading and can read, unlike the typical boring where you can’t read and don’t want to.

Random review quote:

”… the wry, funny journal of a teenager who believes he’s an ‘undiscovered intellectual’ and in love.” – Sunday Express

Verdict: It has its funny moments (and they’re really funny), but I don’t really understand why is it as raved as it is.

Other Sue Townsend book I’ve Read: Adrian Mole: The Cappucino Years


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Ana
    May 16, 2007 @ 19:46:43

    I remember reading these books when I was a teenager and although they were sometimes funny, Adrian got on my nerves a lot. I also couldn’t understand with everyone raved about them!

    nylusmilk: so i’m not the only one then! well, i do think that reading famous books are good for pop culture reference, even if we don’t quite understand them.


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