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The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole: 03/26/07
I picked up a copy of the second Adrian Mole book at a recent BookCrossing meeting. As I was reading the first book at the time I brought home the second to read.
Growing Pains covers the aftermath of the first book. Adrian loses his status as an only child to be the brother to a sister and the half brother to the child of his father's mistress. His sister might also be a half sister if she was conceived during his mother's brief affair.
The book takes him to adulthood (16 in Britain) and rather than behave like an adult and seek out a better life, he runs away. Somehow his parading up and down the sidewalk in front of a police station after a cold couple of nights is supposed to be funny. It isn't; it's pathetic.
I know there are a number more in this series but I'm done. I don't like any of the characters. I don't find the situations funny.