Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Hillariously "Tragic" Life and Times of Adrian Mole

The Adrian Mole Diaries By Sue TownsendAs the resident “young one” in the office (look out 23, here I come!), I am the least removed from that wondrously terrible and confusing time known as adolescence. Perhaps it is because of this that I found myself drawn to the classic coming of age tales of Sue Townsend presented in The Adrian Mole Diaries. This new packaging of Townsend’s classics, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Age 13 3/4 and The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole, gives an honest and unabashed look into the experiences of an adolescent.

Feelings of nostalgia and fits of laughter are inevitable as Adrian takes you through the bumpy road of a teenager; we get candid reflections on everything from his parents’ marital troubles to the agony of love. Readers young and old have been (and will continue to be) compelled by the life of a self-proclaimed “misunderstood intellectual” struggling with a world set against him. Sue Townsend’s brilliant comic creation is an unforgettable lad whose self-absorption only gets funnier as his life becomes more desperate. He is just as agonizingly funny as he was over twenty years ago when he was first released upon the world.

Praise for The Adrian Mole Diaries:

“As sad and devastating as it is laugh-out-loud funny. A delight!” —New York Times

“The trouble with trying to read passages from the Adrian Mole Diaries aloud is that you find yourself laughing so hard you can’t go on. It’s that kind of book.” —Kansas City Star

If you think your students would enjoy The Adrian Mole Diaries, please request a desk copy .

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