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The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ (The Originals) by Sue Townsend

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List Price: £6.99


Paperback: 272 Pages.

Published: 31 October 2002 by Puffin

Edition: New Ed

ISBN: 9780141315980

EAN: 9780141315980

At thirteen years old, Adrian Mole has more than his fair share of problems - spots, ill-health, parents threatening to divorce, rejection of his poetry and much more.


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You probably have to be a certain age ...

This book was written in the 1980s and is full of references to events and the lifestyle at the time. I have a suspicion that younger readers may miss out on some of what is going on because they don't get the references - they will also miss the sudden moments of recognition that the older reader gets when they see something from their youth.

Although this is a book about a teenaged boy it is not designed to be read solely by teenaged boys. It is a book about growing up which reminds the adult reader of the pangs of adolescence (bullying and first love) and uses Adrian's naivity to highlight important issues such as neglect of older people, issues with divorce, and the class system. It is also very funny.

The story is inconsequential, the joy is in the detail and in the way in which Adrian records his life and the lives of those around him. A short but extremely enjoyable read - especially for those of us who remember the Falklands Conflict, The Hitler Diaries, the wedding of Charles and Diana, etc.

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