Author: Sue Townsend
Series: Adrian Mole #1
Genre: Young adult
Copyright Date: 1982
Cover: The top line says "Almost definitely 5 million copies sold." The background is black, the title is in green and white. A set of dentures in a cup is in the foreground.
First line: "These are my New Year's resolutions:"
Best part: In places it's very funny.
Worst part: In places it seems forced. Adrian seems particularly obtuse for his age.
Imaginary Theme Song: "Blister in the Sun"
Recommended for: Fans of YA fiction set in Britain.
Related Reads: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon, Saffy's Angel by Hillary McKay.
What makes this book funny is the lack of reliability of the narrator. However, I didn't find his obtuseness very believable.