I first read this book when I was ten years old and absolutely loved it so when I was given the chance to read it again coming up twenty years later I was excited and nervous at the same time. I didn't want my rose tinted thoughts shattered. I needn't have worried. Instead of thinking "oh god, is this what I've got to look forward to", the diary style of writing opens you up to memories of what you used to do instead. It's still laugh out loud funny but for the reasons of fond remembrance of your own youth and school life and relating to being in similar stupid situations yourself. The account of the school trip is priceless. Great observational comedy in diary form. Timeless.