I have been hearing about this book, the diary of a nearly fourteen year old boy in England in the early eighties, for a long time now. I finally found it at my library, so I picked it up. The book is made up of short daily diary entries in which the reader gets to know Adrian Mole. He lives with his parents, who have a rocky marriage, and his dog in England. They’re quite poor, and this is one source of tension in the house. At school he does okay, and he has a girlfriend Pandora, a best friend Nigel, and an old friend Bert, a pensioner who he looks in on every week. Adrian himself is a pretty neurotic boy, always expecting the worse to happen, always calling the doctor to the house for his health problems.
It is a pretty quick and funny read. I know there are many more of Adrian’s diaries published, and I can’t wait to see how he grows up.