This one was a birthday present to myself, along with Erich Segal’s Oliver’s Story. I couldn’t put down Adrian Mole once I’d started, and finished it in two days flat. I loved the plot of this book as soon as I read it on Anupama’s blog, and the book didn’t disappoint me either!
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13-3/4 is, as the name suggests, the personal diary of a 13-3/4-year old kid named Adrian Mole, who lives in England. It is his outlet, where he writes about the various things of his day-day-life: his acne problem, his squabbling parents, the ‘love of his life’ Pandora, his efforts at poetry, his musings about being a ‘tortured poet’ and a ‘misunderstood intellectual’, school, the school bully, his neighbours, et al.
On the surface, the diary is a rather humourous one. It makes you laugh out loud. But, if you look deep within, you can see the undercurrents: the effect that a bad marriage can have on a child. At times like these, I felt sad for the child that was Adrian. At several places, I felt a similarity with The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time.
It is a light read, a small book that can be read pretty soon. However, it stays with you for some time. Recommended? Yes. 🙂
I eagerly look forward to reading the other Adrian Mole books.
My rating: 3.5 stars
For the 4-month Challenge, which I have long exceeded the due date for. 😛 I read this for the 5-point category: Read a book with a number in the title.