Top critical review
on 13 November 1999
Adrian Mole reminds me of Peter Pan... perhaps he shouldnt have grown up, and remained the spotty, geeky, unlucky-in-love-and-in letters kid, whose teenage diaries I have enjoyed reading and re-reading over the years. Nevertheless, we all do grow up, and so has Adrian, and I think he hasn't turned out for the best. The hysterical laughter returns quite a few times while reading of his latest exploits, and it is not a bad installment of Adrian's life stories, but Mole fans will understand my feelings when I say that this book is different from the others. As a teenager I felt for Adrian, as an adult I'm not so sure that he is a nice guy at all! Perhaps Ms. Townsend felt the time had come the record straight! It's worth reading, but I cant guarantee that instead of non-stop giggles, readers will be left with a wry smile.