Re: September 17th’s post on unfunny women–How could I possibly have forgotten?

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4, by Sue Townsend.

I found this in the adult fiction section of the Adams County Public Library when I was about 13 3/4 myself. I read it and then I read it again. I must have checked it out 25 times. I also read all of the books Adrian mentions that he reads. I was at that age when it took me a while to realize that Adrian wasn’t supposed to be a picture of coolness. Not only is Adrian the prototype for a current crop of YA confessional novels (Angus, Thongs & Full-Frontal Snogging, anyone?) it is also one of the funniest books I’ve ever read. And not in the gentle social commentary way. In the snorging your milk out your nose kind of way.