I have been reading about our Adrian's highs and lows since before I was even 13 & 3/4 years old, and have loved every instalment. The books are so brilliantly written and the characters are so perfectly observed that its hard to remember that its all made up at times. No book in the series is ever less than very, very good, but 'The Wilderness Years' has always stood out for me. Its no more or less hilarious than the others, but it has more pathos mixed in. Without wanting to give too much away, the part of the book where Adrian's Grandma dies just days after his girlfriend leaves him for his Mum's partner, is extremely moving. It hasn't quite made me cry yet, but every time I read it I get a little closer! If there's anyone out there who hasn't read any of these books, I urge you to. I really cannot imagine anyone not enjoying them, anything with Sue Townsend's name on the cover has a guarantee of quality. I don't mind admitting that I have a lot of empathy with Adrian, and I hope that when Sue Townsend finally decides to bring his saga to an end, he gets some sort of happy ending.