Adrian Mole: The Wilderness Years (Adrian Mole, Book 4)

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Pandora decides Adrian needs some professional help. The third book in the exquisitely funny Adrian Mole series by Sue Townsend, one of our most celebrated comic writers. Adrian is still infatuated with his childhood sweetheart Pandora and is living in her box room in Oxford. Already in possession of a husband and a boyfriend, and sick of his attentions, Pandora recommends a therapist to help Adrian move on. Adrian struggles to understand why he is so unsuccessful with women but his perseverance eventually pays off. How the female brain works remains a mystery to him, however.

As he continues to battle valiantly with the slings and arrows that life throws at him, Adrian starts to feel less of an outsider and more at ease with himself. View 1 comment. Mar 13, Colin rated it it was ok Shelves: witholivia. Marking this as complete as it's going to be. I was reading it with my daughter but she's gone on a huge YA reading frenzy now and I don't think we'll finish this.

He's a lot funnier as a teenager than as a slightly creepy older guy anyway. Aug 28, Svetlana Jovanovic rated it really liked it. I reluctantly took this book to my Greek vacation this year. Reluctantly because in Greece, I just like to enjoy Greece with all my senses, at all times. Suffice it to say I read almost a fifth of the book at the airport. Not being able to put down a book is a good sign for me. I laughed out loud in public several times reading it. Adrian is such a pretentious git.

He is a pioneer hipster. Unfortunately, I skipped several books between The Secret Diary I plan t I reluctantly took this book to my Greek vacation this year. I plan to remedy that Aug 02, Victoria Zigler rated it really liked it. If you enjoyed the other books in this series, chances are you'll enjoy this one too. It's filled with the same kind of humour as the previous books, and is a great addition to the series.

Even if sometimes I wanted to scream at Adrian to grow up and stop whining. Yes, he can be annoying at times, but he's an entertaining character, and reading his diaries hasn't failed to make me laugh yet.

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Aug 01, Jana rated it really liked it Shelves: anglophile , humour , audible. The continued adventures of Adrian, who is now almost 24 years old. This time I found him on audible. But how will I underline all the funny bits to re-read and share with my fellow Adrian fans? You know who you are! But my vote is to read them, not listen to the audio version. What is next in the continuing adventures of the misfit, Adrian? More please! He may no longer be an awkward teen, but that didn't stop me laughing out loud during this look at Adrian Mole's early adulthood.

His constant bewilderment hasn't dampened with age and I just love how he constantly gets into sticky situations through no fault of his own. I was worried I wouldn't like this as much as his teenage diaries, but I needn't have as I still very much enjoyed it. May 16, Nicola Pierce rated it it was amazing. Really, I think, if you enjoyed any Adrian Mole book, you'll enjoy them all. They're wonderfully funny and full of heart.

I read this in one day - it was the very best of days! Although I did enjoy this audio book, I found it not quite so amusing as the previous books in the series. Dec 17, Anna Janelle rated it really liked it. The mistake was mine alone; however, because I already requested this novel through ILL, I decided to go ahead and work my way through the book tha [image error] As always, I greatly enjoyed reading this installment of the Adrian Mole chronicles — maybe even more so than the previous books.

The mistake was mine alone; however, because I already requested this novel through ILL, I decided to go ahead and work my way through the book that I had in hand. I somewhat regret skipping the unread book as it seemed that there were important developments that I had missed. Having read all of the other books in the series, I was able to follow along without too many misunderstandings.

As the book or diary begins, Adrian is living with Pandora, his former junior high school girlfriend, along with her older lover and bisexual husband. He is still hopelessly in love with her, but her feelings have shifted and Pandora no longer looks at Adrian with affection. In fact, she is supremely annoyed with his advances and asks him to find another place to live.

Twenty-three year old Adrian moves back in with his family, and he attempts to rebuild his life. Working at the Department of Environment, studying newts, Adrian feels that he has squandered his talents and opportunity in a meaningless job. He continues to pursue his ambition of becoming an author, working on his ridiculously juvenile, horribly written novel, Lo!

The Flat Hills of My Homeland, in his spare time. After many missed signals and embarrassing oversights, Adrian develops a relationship with a cashier at the newspaper stand, Bianca. At the end of the novel, Adrian finds employment in a kitchen and develops an unlikely relationship with a statuesque African woman named Jo-Jo. There is hope on the horizon for Mr. Mole, and I look forward to reading the next in the series.

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I love Adrian because he is so misguided about his own talents and abilities. He has always been a pompous pseudointellectual, and this has never been so accurately displayed as when reading the novel that he has been working on. It is so deliciously awful that it has to be read to be believed. It comes as no surprise that, once again, I recommend this series to lovers of YA and humor. Jun 01, Simon Taylor rated it really liked it. Adrian Mole is back to his brilliant best in The Wilderness Years. The return to the original daily diary format is a welcome decision after a very experimental third instalment.

His parents have split and Bert Baxter, , continues to make demands of his time. The decision to introduce a new love interest for Mole as one of the major plots works excellently.

A funny and refreshing departure from his unrequited love of Pandora, and Townsend keeps us guessing as to whether he will cotton on and get the girl or suffer yet another comic tragedy. The ongoing writing of his novel, w leads to more hilarious exchanges with John Tynsdale of the BBC, while the expansion of the Barry Kent writing storyline is absolutely fantastic. She really makes the best if the old guard without interrupting the adoption of the newbies. Adrian Mole, The Wilderness Years is, as always, a great read!

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Jun 02, Juwi rated it liked it. If you like adrian mole then you should try continuing with the series to see how his life turns out and just to laugh at his stupidity but if you're bored with the series then i totally understand. Happy Reading! Nov 02, Graceann rated it liked it Shelves: series , epistolary-novels. Adrian goes from ages 23 to 25 in this fourth entry in the series. From Leicester to Oxford to London to Greece, he's certainly taking some journeys.

There are times in the first two-thirds of the book that I find it hard to believe a person could be so obtuse. When I was that age, young men assumed that if you looked in their direction, you wanted nothing less than to have their babies; there's a girl here who does everything but jump him and he doesn't get it. The last third of the story is re Adrian goes from ages 23 to 25 in this fourth entry in the series. The last third of the story is redeemed by Adrian doing some much-needed growing up and finding a tiny, tiny bit of self-awareness. Where my former friend never got beyond thinking he was the most intelligent person in any room he, like Adrian, would have advised Graham Greene of grammatical errors in his novels , I can only hope that Adrian moves upward on the insight scale.

Feb 28, Adara rated it really liked it Shelves: humor. I love these diaries. I think it's because I've met a few guys who could collectively become Adrian Mole if they merged their individual faults into one. The thought of actually meeting someone like him makes me shudder, but if you combine arrogance, overweening pride, snobbery, pretension, phoney intellectualism, wimpishness etc. This diary is about Adrian's early 20s. He's moved away from Leicester and is now living and working in Oxford to be close to his I love these diaries.

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He's moved away from Leicester and is now living and working in Oxford to be close to his childhood sweetheart, Pandora, who couldn't give two shits about him. You'll get loads of Adrian's hilarious relationship and work woes, among many other things. If you're looking for a book that'll make you chuckle and breath quickly through your nose from amusement a whole lot, give this one a shot! Hurrah Adrain is back! The true Adrian has resurfaced after the horrible interlude that was 'True confessions'.

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Its disfunctional, funny and in some moments actually touching in a non sexual way. Just when Adrian gets on track with life he seems to go to pot and slide backwards but its a good story and has some great moments. If you gave up at 3 then you're missing out and probably not reading this review. Dec 31, Jennifer rated it it was amazing Shelves: , re-read.


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It's been ages since I read the old Mole diaries but they still make me laugh out loud. Sue Townsend, where is our next installment?? Jun 17, G. Great book. Poor Adrian Mole, always thinking himself the grand intellectual and failing to achieve. I think him one of the men Thoreau was writing about when he said "the mass of men live lives of quiet desperation".

May 27, G. Lawrence rated it really liked it. My favourite comfort food reading; no matter how tough life gets, Adrian Mole and his obsessive, anally retentive compulsions are always there, and strangely comforting. Sep 21, Gavin Felgate rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. It has been a few years since I last read an Adrian Mole novel, and this is one I'd missed, which came before Cappuccino Years. This one is set in and early and sees Adrian in his early 20s, mostly trying to deal with his love life, sending numerous creepy notes to his childhood sweetheart, Pandora, and attending therapy classes, only to fall in love with his shrink.

Another one of the main plot threads involved Adrian Mole's nemesis Barry Kent writing a book that was a thinly-veiled moc It has been a few years since I last read an Adrian Mole novel, and this is one I'd missed, which came before Cappuccino Years. Another one of the main plot threads involved Adrian Mole's nemesis Barry Kent writing a book that was a thinly-veiled mockery of Adrian himself, prompting Adrian to attempt to write his own book himself. Adrian's book itself seemed dire - this seemed to be done on purpose - but I found that it resulted in a lot of the book's comedy when the character in the story started writing his own book, resulting in a story-within-a-story-within-a-story, and Sue Townsend took things even further, but in a way that did result in a good payoff.

At the end, one of Adrian Mole's fictional characters comes up with a book that sounds more promising than Adrian's real-life ideas. Cancel anytime. Best Sellers. Add to Cart failed. Please try again later. Add to Wish List failed. Remove from wishlist failed. Adding to library failed. Please try again. Free with day Trial. See all titles by Sue Townsend.

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