It’s January. Happy New year to you all! People usually make New Year’s resolutions at this time of the year and so does Adrian, a teenager. Our suggestion for this month is a popular story among teenagers: “The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole”.

Title: The secret diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 3/4
Author: Sue Townsend
Date of publication: 1982

The misadventures of a nerdish teenage boy as recorded in his personal diary.

The book is the diary of Adrian Mole, which he starts at 1st January. He makes some resolutions for the New Year. He’s mad at his mum because she doesn’t give him healthy food. In January his parents get ill and Adrian feels sorry for himself because he has to take care of his parents. The neighbour, Mr. Lucas, visits Adrian’s mother very often, even when she’s recovered. Adrian decides to become an intellectual, and he writes poems to the BBC. At school there is a new girl, Pandora, and Adrian is in love with her. Adrian joins a group that’s called the Good Samaritans; they do all sort of social work. Adrian has to take care of an 89-year-old man, Bert Baxter. When he visits him for the first time he’s very disappointed, because Bert is a dirty old man with a very dirty house and a big scary dog. And when Adrian finds out his best friend Nigel is going out with Pandora he feels very depressed. In the mean while Adrian’s mother visits Mr. Lucas very often and after a few days she gets a job at the same office as Mr. Lucas and she rides to work with him every day. Because of this, Adrian’s parents argue a lot. Barry Kent, a classmate of Adrian demands money. Adrian can’t pay him, so he takes a paper round. In March his father tells him that he and his mother are splitting up. At the end of the month his mother leaves with Mr. Lucas after his father and Mr. Lucas have had a fight. In April it doesn’t go much better, Adrian’s father has money-problems, Pandora is dating another boy and his father is dating an awful women from work, Doreen Slater. A month later it gets worse, at Adrian’s house isn’t any food left; the electricity is cut off. But there is one good thing, his grandmother hears about the situation with Barry Kent and she visits him and comes back with all the money Adrian has paid for so far. In June Adrian’s father looses his job and he starts smoking en drinking. Adrian and Pandora fall in love. Bert Baxter has to go to the hospital, after a few weeks he escapes and he wants to stay in Adrian’s house. After a while he moves into the house of the neighbours of Adrian, an Indian family. In June Pandora goes on holiday, the Royal wedding takes place, and Adrian goes on holiday to Scotland with his mother and Mr. Lucas. After this holiday Bert Baxter moves back to his own house and Pandora and Adrian clean his house. But in October Bert has to move to an old age pensioner’s home because of leg trouble, first he hate this but a month later he’s very happy because he’s in love with Queenie, a woman who lives in the pensioner’s home too. Adrian and Pandora make a school magazine but nobody wants to buy it. In November his mother sends a telegram, in which she says she is coming home, and his parents fall in love again. In January Bert Baxter marries with Queenie. And his father finally finds a job. Adrian and Pandora make a fight, but after a few days, they make it up again. The diary ends on April 3, a day after Adrian’s birthday. The day that happens to be the day the Falklands War begins.

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