The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4
The first book in the Adrian Mole series, this was a publishing sensation back in the 1980s, but still has the power to entertain pre-teen, teen and even adult readers, and make them double up with laughter.
Adrian Mole is an unforgettable character, but one that will resonate with many young people as they approach or reach puberty. Although aspects of the books have obviously dated a little, most of it remains refreshingly relevant.
Through Adrian's diary, we hear him speak openly about spots, girls, school and a troubling family life: all the time, convinced that he is a genius and that nobody in the world can possibly understand him.
As the series develops, the Adrian Mole books become increasingly satirical and poignant. However, they are all completely hilarious. A coming-of-age must-read.