The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ is the first book in the Adrian Mole series of comedic fiction, written by Sue Townsend. The book is written in adiary style, and focuses on the worries and regrets of a teenager who believes himself to be an intellectual. The story is in 1981 and 1982, and in the background it refers to some of the historic world events of the time, such as the Falklands War and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana as well as the birth of Prince William. Mole is also a fierce critic of prime minister Margaret Thatcher, listing her as one of his worst enemies.
Apart from the humorous events described in the diary, a lot of the book’s humour originates from the unreliable narration of Mole, who naïvely, yet confidently, misinterprets events around him.
I’ve read this book while I was young, way young, while in secondary school if I’m not mistaken. I believe it’s because of this book that I decided to have a journal/diary of mine. I thought that I could be as funny as him, I guess. I eventually just wrote a journal. Guess that I would go back to check on the journal and remembering what I did on what day. Never once did I open back my diaries. It is still around though. Though I hope that nobody ever reads it, though. It would the end of me.
This is the first book of the series of the Adrian Mole and I intend to read the whole series. It was funny then, it is still funny now.