this is a wonderful book. it is gripping and highly addictive! A modern day Wimpy Kid. this book can be a worldwide success again, like it was during the 1970's. It has a a few rude words, but is hilarious. I think it's worth the money to buy this book and would recommend it to any age group. Well done Sue Townsend!!!!!!:)
I read Adrian Mole when it was first released - at least, when it first came out in cheapo paperback. I was hooked. I was slightly younger than Adrian so whilst I pitied him his travails, I was also quite admiring of him. Plus, he lived in a bigger town than me so he seemed so sophisticated. He was irreverent, smutty at times and extremely relevant. He felt real.
So I took the opportunity to pass a copy of the Secret Diary to our 12 year old to see what he thought. He found the book extremely funny, saying that although parts of it did feel a bit dated, it was still relevant. He was reluctant to be more forthcoming - and given the subject matter it is understandable that he mightn't want to talk about it too much with grown-ups. Rulers and all that...
Anyway, I'm glad to see that Adrian Mole has passed on to a new generation. It really ought to be prescribed reading for all 12 year old boys - and probably 12 year old girls too if they ever want to understand what goes on in a boy's mind. Quite how Sue Townsend managed to write something so accurate baffles me.