I picked up Sue Townsend’s The Growing Pains Of Adrian Mole on a whim, because I rather enjoyed reading the prequel – The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, aged 13-3/4.
Like the prequel, this one too is in the form of Adrian Mole’s private diary, the only difference being that Adrian is now a teenager. He writes lightly about the many problems in his life – his acne, his parents’ extra-marital affairs and their breaking up, his feeling like an outcast at school and so on.
I would say it makes for a nice, light read – even making you laugh out loud at places – but it also makes you sad for Adrian. Adrian comes across as a quite sharp and compassionate individual, and he does his whatever he can for those whom he loves. Unfortunately, he is almost always misunderstood.
The only bright spot in his life is his girlfriend Pandora, with whom he keeps breaking up and getting back with every now and then, in a rather comical way. However, the two do seem to be in love, and it’s rather sweet to read about them.
The book also gives you an insight into what life was in England early on, and it’s nice to read. Especially through the eyes of a teenager.
All in all, it is a fun read, an easy one that you can finish in a day or two. Recommended? Yes.
My rating: 3.5 stars