The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend

What’s it about?

Adrian Mole’s first love, Pandora, has left him; a neighbor, Mr. Lucas, appears to be seducing his mother (and what does that mean for his father?); the BBC refuses to publish his poetry; and his dog swallowed the tree off the Christmas cake. “Why” indeed.


The definition of Earnest is Showing or expressing sincerity or seriousness or Adrian Mole. Adrian Mole is a hilariously serious and opinionated 13 year old.

I listened to an audio version of this book, which I really believe is the optimum way to take this journey, the narrators interpretation of Adrian’s matter of fact way of expressing his thoughts and feelings really ramped up the hilarity.

Essentially this is a diary so the story is presented in short exerts of Adrian’s thoughts and opinions on what’s been happening around him, its quite a novel experience to begin with but even though the humour is brilliant the unavoidable style wears a little thin after a couple of hours, I found that even though the book was a short one at around 5 hours I had to do it in three stints, but that’s not such a bad thing.

There are so many amazing one liners in this book that I am going to find it hard selecting just a few quotes for this piece. The book is undoubtedly aimed at a young adult audience but I think it definitely bridges the gap to adults, in fact I am quite glad that I found this series now rather than earlier as I don’t think id have fully appreciated some of the humour.

Rating? 55/100

Quotes –

“I have a problem. I am an intellectual, but at the same time I am not very clever.”

“Measured my ‘thing’. It was eleven centimetres.”

“Just measured my thing. It has grown one centimetre. I might be needing it soon.”

“Anyway I think I’m turning into an intellectual. It must be all the worry.”

“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.”

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