The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4

British adolescent angst has never been so “laugh-out-loud funny” as in this first encounter with a sharp-witted, pining, and achingly honest underdog (The New York Times).  Perhaps when I am famous and my diary is discovered, people will understand the torment of being a 13¾-year-old undiscovered intellectual.   Adrian Mole is approaching fourteen, and like all radical intellectuals he must amass his grievances: His acne vulgaris is grote...


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TitleThe Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4
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Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherOpen Road Media
GenreFiction, Young Adult, Humor
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Reviews The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4

  • Manny
    2012-04-25
    April 25I start reading a book called Diary of a Nobody. It is boring and not much happens, also Mr. Pooter is pretty dim. I don't get it. Why would anyone want to write a book about a nobody who takes himself far too seriously? I decide that I will write a book about myself that will be quite different, it will be full of important things I do and extremely interesting. Perhaps I will call it Diary of a Somebody. But then people won't know which...
  • Justine Halligan
    2012-06-09
    This book is a hoot. I used to read it on the train and had to stop doing so because people around me were annoyed by my laughing and snorting. I don't know how Townsend knows so much about the workings of a male teenaged mind, but it's thoroughly convincing and all hilarious. Adrian Mole is a young intellectual and poet, constantly disgusted by his un-intellectual parents whose marriage is rocky and who split up during the course of the novel. M...
  • Susi
    2012-05-24
    I've just read this to my daughter who is exactly this age. I'd read the book when it first came out but it was great to revisit both it and the memories that it stirred. Reliving the Falklands War, the Royal Wedding, mass unemployment, stress over the changes to the school system etc was fascinating if only to realise how little has changed! We almost had to stop reading at one point as each day's literary Mole catastrophe coincidentally seemed ...
  • Valerie
    2007-11-06
    The Diary of Adrian Mole is like a snarky one-liner that continues for 135 pages. Adrian is a self-centered, irreverent British 14-year-old whose diary entries include nuggets of wisdom such as:Pandora and I are in love! It is official! She told Claire Neilson, who told Nigel, who told me.I told Nigel to tell Claire to tell Pandora that I return her love. I am over the moon with joy and rapture. I can overlook the fact that Pandora smokes five Be...
  • Amanda
    2012-10-11
    1 dead star.Yes, I hate this book so much, I killed its sole, lonely star. As this was a school assigned book, I have written a much more formal review from an objective point of view for my English class. I also wrote a review purely for me, from a very subjective point of view. Feel free to just read the objective one but if you want to see how bad the book was for me, personally, read to the end.Without further ado...The Objective Review:From ...
  • Ivonne Rovira
    2016-07-19
    Like many before him, pimply, priggish, pretentious 13-year-old Adrian Mole — well, 13 and three-fourths, to be precise — begins a diary on New Year’s Day. Well, he Leicester had me from the very start. Adrian’s the sort of boy who imagines a future in which his parents, his teachers, school bully Barry Kent, and just about everyone will be sorry that they weren’t nicer to him. My favorite quote? “Perhaps when I am famous and my diary...
  • Tim Roast
    2012-03-06
    You've probably heard of "The Secret (although not anymore it would seem) Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 " but I'll review it anyway.The diary covers the period January 1981 through to beginning of April 1982. Therefore Adrian was not 13 throughout the story (false advertising?); instead he was merely 13 at the beginning and 15 at the end.It is now 30 years since the diary's release and apart from mentions to the price of things (£30,000 for a s...
  • Dimitri
    2013-07-18
    I read Adrian Mole first when I was his age, but before my interest in the opposite sex was kindled. It left enough impression to resurface. The secondhand paperbacks in original English are literally leafing loose from overreading in my late twenties. What do older readers get out of him ? A hilarious reminder that we were all once this young and stupid, coupled with the relief that we came through. The first book remains - together with its dir...
  • Klodovik2
    2015-08-15
    Koji je ovo užitak bio čitajući u pubertetskom razdoblju. U mnogim stvarima sam se prepoznao što je u biti i najveća odlika ove knjige. Pokazati da nisi jedini koji prolazi kroz pubertetske patnje i druženje s ravnalom :)Najjača scena mi je bila nesreća s ljepljenjem makete :) :)
  • Gehna
    2016-02-27
    I wanted to read something different from my usual reads so my friend Smitha recommended this book to me. When she mentioned that this book is written like a diary, the usual picture of a bubbly girl writing a diary came to my mind but it was Adrian Mole and I haven't read my books with male diary writers so this was the main reason I picked this book.This is the diary of Adrian Mole who is 13 3/4 years old and is waiting for his birthday. He con...
  • Oda Renate
    2015-04-17
    I read this today for school(yeay english lit class).I defently see why its so highly praised.A very,very,very funny book, that is hands down one of my new top humor books.And lucky for me there are lots of other books in the series out :)
  • Laura
    2014-11-04
    From BBC Radio 4 Extra:Adrian Mole starts the new year with a huge spot on his chin. Sue Townsend's famous tale of a teenager read by Nicholas Barnes.
  • Beth Bonini
    2015-08-01
    I have been meaning to read this classic for YEARS.Poor old Adrian: so innocent and pompous and self-deluded, all at the same time. This book is very, very English; I think that I had just enough knowledge of the culture (after 24 years of being with a British man) to pretty much "get" it. It also helps that I was more or less the same age as Adrian in the early 1980s. Great social document, with some enduring humour -- a lot of it in the gap bet...
  • Jennifer
    2010-07-03
    Absolutely formative for my being. I've read it so many times (the edition whose cover is an homage to "Catcher in the Rye") my original copy is worn. It's actually the 3rd copy as two I loaned out were never returned. I still remember sitting in Freshman (College Bound) English with Madame Gouldy and looking over to see Jonathan Reinke chuckling quietly over the paperback he was trying to hide under his desk. I asked him what it was and he showe...
  • Jana
    2015-05-09
    Adrian, how is it that we've only just met? You're hilarious. I laughed so frequently that my husband took you from my possession as soon as I was finished and started reading as well. I hope he agrees with me that it is dead brill.I am ever so pleased that there are a total of 8 Adrian Mole diaries to enjoy. The title of the final book is ADRIAN MOLE: THE PROSTRATE YEARS.Thank you Jen! This little copy traveled home with me from London and I can...
  • elisabeth
    2017-04-30
    "I am an intellectual, but at the same time I am not very clever."I remember reading this when I was younger and, although I immensely enjoyed it then, I love it more now than ever before. Adrian really is quite relatable, with his tendency to jump to conclusions, overanalyse and make a catastrophe of everything, and I really can't help but laugh at at least half of the decisions he makes (sending his poetry to the BBC?!) I also love the shortnes...
  • Ryan Williams
    2012-11-25
    Serialised on radio, adapted for TV, Adrian Mole has earned himself a place alongside Jim Dixon and Mr Pooter in our culture. Mole seemed an unlikely success from the start. After years of hardscrabble living, single parenting, poverty and naff writers' groups, Townsend submitted a monologue to BBC radio about a boy called Nigel Mole. A suit named John Tydeman liked the piece and helped get it on the radio; a torrent of book offers followed the f...
  • Milica
    2018-01-09
    Ova recenzija je u suštini topla preporuka. Pisana je za Dominikov izazov u Delfi kutku. Ljubav, iz koje će se mnogo kasnije roditi ideja o dečaku Adrijanu Molu, desila se kada je osmogodišnja Sju Taunzend dobila zauške. Primorana da leži u krevetu i jede toplu supu, mala Sju se zabavljala čitajući knige o dečaku Vilijamu Braunu i njegovim avanturama. Tako je spisateljica Rihmal Krompton, koja je pisala o legendarnom Vilijamu, nesvesno u...
  • Mohsen.Ghazanfari
    2017-04-25
    کتاب خوبی بود حیف دید نشده و حیف که کتاب های بعدی ترجمه نشده نویسنده به سبک همین کتاب هفتای دیگهاشو نوشته کتاب خوبی بود حیف دید نشده و حیف که کتاب های بعدی ترجمه نشده نویسنده به سبک همین کتاب هفتای دیگه‌اشو نوشته
  • Simon Taylor
    2013-08-29
    Like other things for the 13’s like Haribo and cheesy films, they can be enjoyed by adults and children alike. On the surface, Adrian lives an entertaining life, caught up in the dramas of the day-to-day: school, family, girls and a horribly tight budget. We can relate to his experiences, both trials and triumphs, and easily engage with the titular calendar. Sue Townsend does a brilliant job of regressing to her teenage years to remember the in...
  • Hobbes
    2015-03-29
    So much for the National Health Service. I will get a paper-round and go private. (Snort)If I was the loneliest person in the world I wouldn't phone up our school. I would ring the speaking clock; that talks to you every ten seconds. (Still available to dial on 123!)It is the first day of spring. The council have chopped all the elms down in Elm Tree Avenue. (Quite!)I am reading The Mill on the Floss, by a bloke called George Eliot. (Yes, I made ...
  • Marco Esteves
    2016-07-13
    i still didn't get the message behind it wtr
  • Brecht Denijs
    2017-08-11
    Hilarious and a little sad at the same time. I remember reading bits and pieces when I was young and even though the book is marketed as young adult, I do believe it is actually more fun to read as an adult as you now recognise the pretentiousness of the teen you once were. Points where I might have agreed with Adrian at age 13 myself now had me laughing out loud. He's such a lovable goof, my favourite bits were when he was completely unaware of ...
  • Semina
    2017-10-09
    Read who knows back when. Completely enjoyable read for a then-preteen me.
  • Lisa
    2017-04-24
    I adored this short novel written in diary form. Adrian, the writer, experiences all sorts of ups and downs with his mother and father and their marriage as well as girlfriend issues, school, friends, volunteer work, neighbors, money, etc. In a one year period of time he goes through many life experiences that he writes about in his diary and they are laugh out loud funny.
  • Beatrix
    2013-10-11
    I was around 13 years of age when I first read this novel, so I only had a couple of vague recollections about it. But I definitely remembered that I liked it, so I re-read it, and I still like it a lot, for many reasons.First of all, I like it because this novel is really laugh-out-loud funny. Adrian Mole, a moderately loser teenager – whose life is a never-ending fight against his pimples, his careless parents, the unmanageable family dog, th...
  • Lee Osborne
    2017-01-13
    Interesting to read people's reactions to this. I was particularly struck by the few negative reviews - I think to fully appreciate this book, there's a few things you need to bear in mind.First and foremost, Adrian is an unreliable narrator. Much of the book's humour comes from how naive, clueless and slow on the uptake he is, even for a teenager. I think if you take it at face value, you'll miss a great deal. I first read it when I was a kid, a...
  • Razvan Zamfirescu
    2014-09-21
    Spicuiri din recenzia finala care se gaseste pe blogul meu ...................................Este delirant de amuzant!Sue Townsend intră-n pielea personajului foarte delicat și cinismul pe care-l plantează în vorbele lui Adrian are o naturalețe și o sinceritate debordante. E clar că observațiile pe care le face Adrian nu pot fi decât ale unui om matur, însă le exprimă într-un fel în care doar un adolescent o poate face.Townsend fac...
  • Wynne Kontos
    2012-06-21
    Bought this at the EuroStar train station in London. Had never heard of it, seemed like sort of an English Judy Blume. I have multiple times laughed out loud.Very enjoyable overall. In the world of authors, Sue Townsend is in a neighboring cul-da-sac from Roald Dahl. Quirky character names, a lead who hasn't got the best of luck but you still root for, a dirty, wry sense of humor and a touch of English. Poor Adrian Mole's parents are breaking apa...
  • Esperanza Writes Too
    2012-12-16
    I have read this book for school, well, an adaptation of it. What can I say? This story is about a boy that writes on his diary all his adventures and actions during the day. It was really funny, firstly because it's not the kind of books I usually read for classes, this surprised me. A lot. I couldn't laugh more with Adrian's worries about spots, it's the first boy I know (even it's fictional) that cares about that! He's in love with Pandora, a ...