Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Harper Perennialmore details...
(first published 1986)
ISBN: 0380730448 (ISBN13: 9780380730445)
The Complete Adrian Mole Diaries: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole
3 stars (or maybe 2.5 stars)
Goodreads Synopsis:Adrian Mole faces the same agonies that life sets before most adolescents: trouble s with girls, school, parents, and an uncaring world. The difference, though, between young Master Mole and his peers is that this British lad keeps a diary—an earnest chronicle of longing and disaster that has charmed more than five million readers since its two-volume initial publication. From teenaged Adrian’s anguished adoration of a lovely, mercurial schoolmate to his view of his parents’ constantly creaking relationship to his heartfelt but hilarious attempts at cathartic verse, here is an outrageous triumph of deadpan—and deadly accurate—satire. ABBA, Princess Di’s wedding, street punks, Monty Python, the Falklands campaign . . . all the cultural pageantry of a keenly observed era marches past the unique perspective of Sue Townsend’s brilliant comic creation: A . Mole, the unforgettable lad whose self-absorption only gets funnier as his life becomes more desperate.
OK, I did enjoy this book. There were lots of hilarious things about it, but over all, I got tired of it. Mostly, I got tired of what a self-absorbed, selfish, ridiculously naive, snobby, hypochondriacal, pain in the ass that Adrian was. I mean, he was completely without any sense, although he fancied himself the most sensible of anyone...which in the context of his family, he probably was. The shtick got old after a while, perhaps because it seemed like between the ages of 13 3/4 and 16 he didn't seem to really wise up at all. I thought I might read more of these, considering the comedic factor, but I think I'm finished.