Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

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Bridget Jones—one of the most beloved characters in modern literature (v.g.)—is back! In Helen Fielding's wildly funny, hotly anticipated new novel, Bridget faces a few rather pressing questions:   

What do you do when your girlfriend’s sixtieth birthday party is the same day as your ...

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Overview

Bridget Jones—one of the most beloved characters in modern literature (v.g.)—is back! In Helen Fielding's wildly funny, hotly anticipated new novel, Bridget faces a few rather pressing questions:   

What do you do when your girlfriend’s sixtieth birthday party is the same day as your boyfriend’s thirtieth?

Is it better to die of Botox or die of loneliness because you’re so wrinkly?

Is it wrong to lie about your age when online dating?

Is it morally wrong to have a blow-dry when one of your children has head lice?

Is it normal to be too vain to put on your reading glasses when checking your toy boy for head lice?

Does the Dalai Lama actually tweet or is it his assistant?

Is it normal to get fewer followers the more you tweet?

Is technology now the fifth element? Or is that wood?

If you put lip plumper on your hands do you get plump hands?

Is sleeping with someone after two dates and six weeks of texting the same as getting married after two meetings and six months of letter writing in Jane Austen’s day?

Pondering these and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of loss, single motherhood, tweeting, texting, technology, and rediscovering her sexuality in—Warning! Bad, outdated phrase approaching!—middle age.

In a triumphant return after fourteen years of silence, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is timely, tender, touching, page-turning, witty, wise, outrageous, and bloody hilarious.

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Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble

It's been all too long since we last saw Bridget Jones: The second novel was published fifteen years ago and it's been almost a decade since the journaling Londoner appeared on the screen. Fortunately, that wait is over. With Mad About the Boy, Bridget wrestles lovably awkwardly with worries about aging, the dangers of personal texting late at night while inebriated, and other common problems of the new millennium. A new Bridget published almost simultaneously in English and Spanish language editions and NOOK Books. (P.S. Speaking of new Bridgets, a new movie about her is due sometime next year.)

The New York Times Book Review - Sarah Lyall
Do we really want to hear about the middle-aged escapades of Bridget Jones…Hapless, inept, prone to romantic calamity, lurching from one mishap to the next through a hazy fog of faux pas and cigarette smoke, Bridget was so specific to her age that allowing her to reach 51 feels like a violation of the natural order of the fictional universe, as if a new Harry Potter book had him using magic to refinance his mortgage. So what a pleasant shock to find that the latest Bridget Jones installment, Mad About the Boy, is not only sharp and humorous, despite its heroine's aged circumstances, but also snappily written, observationally astute and at times genuinely moving. Fielding has somehow pulled off the neat trick of holding to her initial premise—single woman looks for romance—while allowing her heroine to grow up into someone funnier and more interesting than she was before.
Publishers Weekly
10/21/2013
England's sweetheart Bridget Jones returns after over a decade in Field's latest novel (after Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason). Bridget, now a single mother to two young children, is trying to catch up with the rest of the world. Just figuring out how to program the remote and her son's X-box is overwhelming enough, but now her friends are pushing her to get back into the dating scene. Determined to stay hip, Bridget is dating Roxster, a man 15 years her junior, who she meets through her trials and errors on Twitter. But juggling motherhood and a new boyfriend, while dealing with producers trying to turn her screenplay from tragedy to comedy may be more than Bridget can handle. Whether she is unintentionally announcing her family's head lice infestation to her production team or getting stuck in a tree while looking after her daughter, fans will find Fielding's third Bridget Jones installment hilarious and thoroughly entertaining. This book is sure to be a hit among new and old readers alike. Fielding's awkwardly charming character has aged well—but of course not gracefully. (Oct.)
Library Journal
If you don't know that Fielding is bringing back her beloved Bridget Jones, the character that sold 15 million copies worldwide and launched a movie franchise, then you've been hiding under a rock for months. The setting is contemporary London, and like all of us Bridget has moved on. No more plot details, but at least the title should be settled by BookExpo America.
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Praise for Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Today Show’s second Book Club Selection!

Mad About the Boy is not only sharp and humorous, despite its heroine’s aged circumstances, but also snappily written, observationally astute and at times genuinely moving. Fielding has somehow pulled off the neat trick of holding to her initial premise – single woman looks for romance – while allowing her heroine to grow up into someone funnier and more interesting that she was before. Who knew middle age could be so eventful? . . . Fielding beautifully conveys the constant seesaw of emotions a parent feels toward the young and demanding: one minute overwhelming love, the next minute overwhelming desire to lock oneself in the bathroom with a bottle of gin . . . We get some good long narration, but large chunks of the book come in diary form, introduced by select statistics of the day, hilariously expanded to reflect grown-up Bridget’s concerns…. Its big heart, incisive observations and zippy pace . . . make the prospect of middle age not so bad at all. It is possible I cried a little at the end, but then, as Bridget might say: am sucker for happy endings.”
—Sarah Lyall, The New York Times Book Review
 
“With Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding created a new female archetype. Now she’s brought Bridget back to conquer the 21st century. (Rule No. 1: No texting while drunk) . . . Texting and Twitter play an outsize role in the new novel, which finds Bridget solo-parenting two young children and seeking romance after a decade under Mark Darcy’s chivalric guard . . . The diary form itself pays homage to Austen, lifting Fielding’s work above many pale imitations. Austen’s heroines aren’t writers, but Fielding’s is . . . Austen’s plots are marriage plots, and ultimately so are Bridget’s. But Fielding’s novels (like Austen’s, and like Sex and the City and Girls) also revolve around friendship—something at which Bridget excels. Nor is the character’s staying power an accident. Fielding . . . is still very much a writer. ”
–Radhika Jones, Time
 
“She's back! Our favorite hapless heroine returns after a decade-plus hiatus, juggling two kids, potential boyfriends, smug marrieds, rogue gadgets, and her nascent Twitter feed.”
Vogue

“Fielding’s comic gifts—and, just as important, her almost anthropological ability to nose out all that is trendy and potentially crazy making about contemporary culture, from Twitter (“OMG, Lady Gaga has 33 million followers! Complete meltdown. Why am I even bothering? Twitter is giant popularity contest which I am doomed to be the worst at”) to online dating—are once again on shimmering exhibit. And Bridget, although now a fiftyish single mother who has to deal with putting her two young children, Billy and Mabel, to bed, along with treating their hair for nits, cleaning up vomit, and attending Sports Day school picnics, is still recognizably her ditzy but ultimately unfazable self . . . Bridget is so specific a character that it’s hard to believe that she’s been invented from whole cloth . . . [Has] the sort of narrative propulsion that is rare in autobiographically conceived fiction, not to mention an unsolipsistic worldview (for all of Bridget’s fussing over herself) that invites broad reader identification.”
—Daphne Merkin, Elle
 
 “Bridget’s back!  And as irrepressible as ever . . . Yes, Bridget has changed her dismal (Born-Again Virgin) status via the scary world of online dating, and she’s in turmoil.  Repentant after masses of sex and drunken Twitter over-sharing, she comforts herself with grated mozzarella, her adorable, vomit-prone children and cockeyed attempts at self-improvement . . . sweet, clever and funny.  Yay Bridget!”
—Helen Rogan, People

“Mark has been gone five years. Children have nits. Mother still difficult. Jude still tormenting Vile Richard. Daniel Cleaver is children’s godfather . . . Good fun, like gathering with friends.” 
Seattle Times
 
“Tender and comic.”
The New Yorker
 
“Fielding manages to both move and delight the reader time after time . . . Hilarious.”
New York Journal of Books

 “Plenty has changed for everyone’s favorite London singleton since her v. funny diary first charmed the world in 1998. In Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Bridget’s a widow with two kids, a Twitter account and a ‘toy boy’– but she’s still adorably clueless.”
People 
 
“Three years before ‘Sex and the City’ staked its claim to the smart-sassy-single stereotype, Helen Fielding created Bridget Jones, a vessel for educated, urban thirtysomethings’ secret fears about cellulite and dying alone and the probable correlation between the two. Nearly 20 years later, in Fielding's latest, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, a 50-year-old Bridget is looking for love again . . . This time around, though, instead of dialing 1471 to see who's called while she was in the shower, she's refreshing her Twitter at-replies . . . Delightful . . . Bridget Jones was a character made for the Internet, from her confessional tone to her casual creation of memes.”
—Ann Friedman, Los Angeles Times
 
“Hearing Bridget dissect wardrobe choices (’a brand chillingly called Not Your Daughter's Jeans'), parenthood (’Why can't everyone just F—-ING SHUT UP AND LET ME READ THE PAPERS'), and exercise (‘Usually love Zumba...stomping angrily like horses, transporting one into a world of Barcelona or possibly Basque-coast nightclubs, and fire-lit gypsy encampments of undetermined national extraction') feels like visiting with your funniest friend.”
—Jessica Shaw, Entertainment Weekly

“She’s back! And even though she’s a fifty-something single mom, she’s still the Bridget Jones we all fell in love with.”
—Jenna Bush Hager, Today 
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385350860
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Series: Bridget Jones Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 96,496
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 1.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Fielding, a journalist and novelist, is the author of four previous novels—Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Cause Celeb, and Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination.

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Read an Excerpt

Saturday 8 September 2012

Just woke up from delicious, sensual dream all mixed up with Daniel and Leatherjacketman. Suddenly feel different: sensual, womanly and yet that makes me feel so guilty, as if I’m being unfaithful to Mark and yet . . . is so sensual feeling like a sensual woman, with a sensual side which is sensually . . . oh. Children are awake.

11:30 a.m. Entire morning has been totally sensual and lovely. Started day with all three of us in my bed, cuddling and watching telly. Then had breakfast. Then played hide and seek. Then drew and colored in Moshi Monsters, then did obstacle course all in pajamas, all the while with roast chicken emitting delicious fragrance from the Aga.

11:31 a.m. Am perfect mother and sensual woman with 
sensual possibilities. I mean maybe someone like Leather-
jacketman could join in with this scenario 
and. . . .

11:32 a.m. Billy: “Can we do computer, now it’s Saturday?”

11:33 a.m. Mabel: “Want to watch SpongeBob.”

11:35 a.m. Suddenly overwhelmed with exhaustion and desire to read papers in echoing silence. Just for ten minutes.

“Mummeee! De TV is broken.”

Realized, horrified, Mabel had got hold of the remotes. I started jabbing at buttons, at which white flecks appeared, accompanied by loud crackling.

“Snow!” said Mabel, excitedly, just as the dishwasher started beeping.

“Mummy!” said Billy. “The computer’s run out of charge.”

“Well, plug it in again!” I said shoving my head into the cupboard full of wires under the telly.

“Night!” said Mabel as the TV screen went black, and the tumble-dryer joined in the beeping.

“This charger doesn’t work.”

“Well, go on the Xbox!”

“It’s not working.”

“Maybe it’s the Internet connection.”

“Mummy! I’ve unplugged the AirPort, I can’t get it in again.”

Realizing my thermostat was veering dangerously towards red, I scampered off up the stairs saying, “Time to get dressed, special treat! I’ll get your clothes.” Then ran into their bedroom and burst out, “I hate fucking technology. Why can’t everyone just FUCKING SHUT UP AND LET ME READ THE PAPERS.”

Suddenly lurched in horror. The baby listener was on! Oh God, oh God. Should have got rid of it ages ago but paranoid as single parent, fear of death, etc., etc. Ran downstairs to find Billy racked by sobs.

“Oh Billy, I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean it. Was it the baby listener?”

“Nooooooooo!” he yelled. “The Xbox is frozen.”

“Mabel, did you hear Mummy in the baby listener?”

“No,” she said staring delightedly at the television. “De TV is mended.”

It was showing a page asking for the Virgin TV password.

“Billy, what’s the Virgin password?” I said.

“Isn’t it the same as your banker’s card, 1066?”

“OK, I’ll do the Xbox, you put in the password,” I said just as the doorbell rang.

“That password won’t work.”“Mummeee!” said Mabel.

“Shh, both of you!” I yelled. “There’s SOMEONE AT THE DOOR!”

Ran up the stairs, head a mass of guilty thoughts: “I’m a terrible mother, there is a hole inside them left by the loss of their father which they are trying to fill with technology,” and opened the door.

It was Jude, looking glamorous but hungover and tearful.

“Oh Bridge,” she said, falling into my arms. “I just can’t stand another Saturday morning on my own.”

“What happened . . . tell Mummy . . .” I said then remembered Jude was a grown-up financial giant.

“The guy I met on Match.com and went out with the day before the Stronghold? The one I had a snog with?”

“Yes?” I said trying vaguely to remember which one.

“He didn’t call. And then last night, he copied me in on a global text saying his wife has just had a baby girl 6 lbs 12 oz.”

“OhMyGod. That’s disgusting. That’s inhuman.”

“All these years I didn’t want children and people kept saying I’d change my mind. They were right. I’m going to get my eggs unfrozen.”

“Jude,” I said. “You made a choice. Just because some guy is a fuckwit it doesn’t mean it was the wrong choice. It’s a good choice for you. Children are . . . are . . . ” I glanced murderously back down the stairs.
She held out her phone showing an Instagram picture of the Fuckwit holding his baby.

“. . . cuddly and lovely and pink and 6 lbs 12 oz and all I do is work and hook up and I’m all on my own on a Saturday morning. And. . . . ”

“Come downstairs,” I said, darkly. “I’ll show you cuddly and lovely.”

We clomped back down. Billy and Mabel were now standing cherub-like, holding out a drawing saying, “We Love You Mummy.”

“We’re going to empty the dishwasher, Mummy,” said Billy. “To help you.”

Shit! What was wrong with them?

“Thank you, children. That would be lovely,” I purred, bustling Jude back upstairs, and outside the front door, before they did something worse like emptying the recycling bin.

“I’m going to defrost the eggs,” sobbed Jude as we sat down on the steps. “The technology was primitive then. Crude even, but it might work if . . . I mean I could get a sperm donor and. . . . ”

Suddenly the upstairs window in the house opposite shot open and a pair of Xbox remotes hurtled out, landing with a smash next to the dustbins.

Seconds later, the front door flung open and the bohemian neighbor appeared, dressed in fluffy pink mules, a Victorian nightdress, and a small bowler hat, carrying an armful of laptops, iPads, and iPods. She teetered down the front steps and shoved the electronics in the dustbin, followed by her son and two more boys wailing, “Noooooo! I haven’t finished my leveeeeeeel!”

“Good!” she yelled. “When I signed up for having children, I did NOT sign up to be ruled by a collection of inanimate thin black objects and a gaggle of TECHNO-CRACKHEADS refusing to do anything but stare with jabbing thumbs, while demanding that I SERVICE them like a computer tech crossed with a five-star-hotel concierge. When I didn’t have you, everyone spent their entire time saying I’d change my mind. And guess what? I’ve had you. I’ve brought you up. And I’ve CHANGED MY MIND!”

I stared at her, thinking, “I have to be friends with that woman.”

“Children of your age in India live entirely successfully as street urchins,” she continued. “So you can just sit on that doorstep and instead of putting your ENTIRE BRAINS into getting to the next level on MINECRAFT, you can apply them to CHANGING MY MIND about letting you back in. And don’t you dare touch that dustbin or I shall sell you to the HUNGER GAMES.”

Then, with a toss of her bowler-hatted head, she flounced back into the house and slammed the door.

“Mummeee!” Shouting and crying erupted from my own basement. “Mummeee!”

“Want to come back in?” I said to Jude.

“No, no, it’s fine,” Jude said, happy now, getting to her feet. “You’re completely right. I have made the right choice. Just a bit hungover. I just need to have breakfast and a Bloody Mary at Soho House and read the papers and I’ll be fine. Thanks, Bridge. Love you. Byee!”

Then she teetered off in her Versace knee-length gladiator sandals, looking hungoverly fabulous.

I looked back across the street. The three boys were sitting in a line on the doorstep.

“Everything all right?” I said.

The dark-haired son grinned. “Yeah, it’s fine. She just gets like this. She’ll be all right in a minute.”

He glanced behind him to check the door was still closed, and pulled an iPod out of his pocket. Then the boys started giggling, moved closer together, and bent over the iPod.

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Reading Group Guide

1. Who is “the boy”? Is it who you first thought it would be?

2. How did you react when you read about Mark Darcy’s fate?

3. Age is a major theme in this novel. Why does Bridget feel the struggles more acutely than some of her contemporaries? 

4. Bridget’s friends deal with aging in different ways. Talitha believes in Botox while Bridget notes that Woney has not done any of this “rebranding” (page 66). Why do these different characters make these different decisions?

5. Dating rules have changed dramatically since Bridget’s last appearance. How well does she adapt?

6. Bridget is adapting Hedda Gabbler, which she explains is a story about “the perils of trying to live through men” (page 17). What is Fielding’s intent with this parallel?

7. In what ways did Daniel change from the previous books? And how did he stay the same?

8. Why does Roxster tell Bridget he “hearts” her? (page 250). Does he really mean “love,” or is this something else?

9. Mr. Wallaker tells Bridget, “. . . other people’s lives are not always as perfect as they appear, once you crack the shell” (page 323). How does Bridget finally learn this lesson? What earlier opportunities did she have to learn it?

10. On page 361, Tom tells Bridget about a new survey: “It proves that the quality of someone’s relationships is the biggest indicator of their long-term emotional health—not so much the ‘significant other’ relationship, as the measure of happiness is not your husband or boyfriend but the quality of the other relationships you have around you.” How does this bode for Bridget? Which characters might have cause for concern? 

11. At the carol concert, Mr. Wallaker looks at Bridget in a certain way and she realizes she loves him. What finally brings her around?

12. What is the significance of the owl?

13. Bridget’s last entry ties up the story in a cozy, comforting way. What do you imagine will happen next?

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  • Posted October 27, 2013

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    I was apprehensive when I read that Darcy was dead prior to the

    I was apprehensive when I read that Darcy was dead prior to the book release. I wondered if this were an
    Author's last bid to cash in on a once popular protagonist. Happily, I was wrong to worry.

    The narrative voice, so quotable, true and hilarious I previous outings, is both fiercely honest and heartbreakingly real. 
    Bridget remains relatable, hysterically funny and observant and more relevant than an icon has a right to be.I would Give it six stars if I could. To all detractors who thought. The death of mark Darcy heralded the end of the world, quit whining and read it!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    Bittersweet

    I laughed. I cried. This 3rd Bridget is a charm. Less over the top than 1st two novels: more depth, more emotion, more empathy. Highly recommend.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    Not good skip it

    The book was sad throughout. I didnt like it near as much as her other books. This one was a great disappoinment and worse than cause celeb one. There were so many other stories she could have told and handle Mark, Daniel and Mr Jones in better ways. Who cares that life isnt always happy.

    We read books like Bridget Jones to escape our own misery and laugh. I found very little laughter here. Pkus, the owl reminded me of Harry Potter rather thsn the reincarnation effect she wanted. Kissing at tge end was sort of like the first book, snoe and all. Different but much the same. Vomit, lice, all were unnecessary.

    The writing didnt sparkle and it was mournful. Save your money unlessyou want to cray about the book and spending money.

    This is the last book l buy from this author. Ive bought all her books in past. It was a HUGE time waster to read. Pity Bridget was always goodfor a laugh. I also disliked the political reference and Buddhist stuff. Didnt add anything to the plot.

    5 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Just lovely. The book is lovely and bittersweet. The author do

    Just lovely.

    The book is lovely and bittersweet. The author does not pick up where she left off, so Bridget Jones is all grown up now. In the era of “leaning in” and “having it all”, she is still disarmingly charming and delightfully imperfect. While the idea of a 51-year old Bridget may be hard to accept at first, her struggles, dreams, illusions and disappointments are more real and heartfelt than ever before. For the original fans of the series, the reading serves as a gentle reminder that they, too, grew older over the past fifteen years but that the joy of love, laughter, family and "cuddles" can be found at any age.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2013

    Depressing

    This book tried too hard. Twitter is confusing? Online dating is hard? These aren't exaxtly fresh observations. The author tries to recapture the sparle of the original (and to a lesser extent the second novel) and just fails. Spoiler etiquette forbids me from revealing more, but Spoiler colors the whole novel and not in the bittersweet way I think Fielding meant.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Bridget Jones has been off the radar for many years now, because

    Bridget Jones has been off the radar for many years now, because the last novel ended with a Happily
    Ever After.

    However, time has passed, life doesn't generally grant us HEA's, and Jonesy is again neck-deep in the
    complications of life, including dealing with two v. young children. Some fans may be ticked off that
    (spoiler alert) the author did not allow Bridget and Mark Darcy to live to a ripe old age as a married
    couple. But if she had, this book would not exist, and I ENJOYED this book tremendously, found it
    believable, poignant in more than a few places, and laugh-out-loud hilarious in others,

    The humor is still stellar and entirely relatable. Here's one of Bridget's (and my own) resolutions:
    "Deal with emails immediately and so that email becomes effective means of communication instead
    of terrifying Unexploded Email in-box full of guilt trips and undetonated time-vampire bombs." Yes,
    well, something about good intentions, hell...

    Social Media distracts her from what she SHOULD be working on: "...Is absolutely imperative not to
    tweet today, but finish screenplay. Have just got to do the ending. Oh, and the middle lot. And sort out
    the start."

    Regarding online dating, Bridget's friend Tom uses this catchy metaphor for a potential partner with
    whom he is flirting: "All text and no trousers." Then there was the twunken (drunken Tweeting) bird
    fiasco...

    Bridget's mental digressions are delicious: "he picked me up in his arms, as if I was light as a feather,
    which I am not, unless it was a very heavy feather, maybe from a giant prehistoric dinosaur-type bird..."

    It works as a stand-alone even if you haven't read the previous novels. If you have, it offers a peek at
    the glory of Mark and Bridget's past married life. It offers all the delights of mummyhood including lice
    infestations, vomiting, and cuddling in bed at storytime.

     I'm mad about this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    I was a little worried going into it that Mark dying was going t

    I was a little worried going into it that Mark dying was going to mean there was no way this book could be as good... boy was I wrong! Finished the entire book in one day while traveling. Could not stop myself. The same ole Bridget we've grown to know and love, and gives me hope that I'm not the only crazy one out there counting down the minutes since a silly boy responded and obsessing over what I said/should've said. If you loved the first two, trust me on this, you'll love this one as well.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    Without giving anything away, I was VERY disappointed with the w

    Without giving anything away, I was VERY disappointed with the way the author decided to continue this series. That said, it was still classic Bridget Jones. I laughed, I cried, and I cheered for her once more.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2013

    Hard to Get into But Satisfying

    It was a little hard to get into because Bridget has aged since we last saw her and her life is completely different than one would expect. However, once you get over the initial shock, you find the old Bridget we know and love at the heart of the book. And in the end, it's a satisfying read. The end very literally justifies the means.

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  • Posted December 11, 2013

    Had to read it but not as good as the first two were.

    Bridget is in her early 50s and her life is very different than when she was on the Edge of Reason. This one was a little slow, I got tired of so much of the "texting" format to advance the story and looked forward to actual printed paragraphs. That being said, Fielding wrote some hilarious scenes such as the dilemma where "one can't wear reading glasses when nit combing young lover's hair". I love that Bridget feels like she's half assing most of her life but still likes herself. If you read the first two books, you should read this one too because you need to know how it turns out.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    funny

    hi everybody, I barely speak English, so don't care too much about mistakes in this review. I read all 2 previous Bridget Jones books and I was looking forward to see what happens to her after more than 15 years, so I was surprised to see that not too much was changed in the way she approaches to life. does the author want to say that even a lot of - also sad- things happens to us, we are not able to change our way to face reality? same group of friends suggesting her what to do, same way to waste time during all day, same weird way to approach men, same delusions and at the end a magical outcome like things happen even you are not working hard to make them happen. that's my point of view...nicoletta

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Terrible book do not read

    This book should have been bridget getting married having children and dealing with fitting into marks world and especially acting like a grown up not being a tramp and neglecting your kids

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    Not particularly fresh or interesting. Touching memories about M

    Not particularly fresh or interesting. Touching memories about Mark, but the fact that she killed him speaks poorly of her writing. Mark and Bridget are interesting enough without Fielding having to fall back to Bridget-looking-for love plot. 


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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2013

    Sad

    I didn't finish it,life is too ssd already... the idea of Mark being gone was too much. :/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Hi, I have only one question :) This book has really original si

    Hi, I have only one question :) This book has really original signature by Helen Fielding? I'd like to buy this book for my wife ;)
    J.C.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2014

    Not the best

    I love the bridget jones movies so when this book came out I was excited. But really it was unbelievably boring. I bought this book nearly a year ago and still haven't finished. Probably never will.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2014

    Missed my Jonesey!

    While searching for a fun read, I recalled books I had read in the past that I enjoyed for just this purpose. Of course, Bridget Jones was my go-to back when I was a singleton myself, so naturally, to find another installment & phase of Bridget's life was very appealling! It was difficult throughout the book to realize the time lapse since "Edge of Reason"; therefore, picturing the fifty- one year -old Bridget can be tricky. However, her humor is still boldly uproarious, as evidenced at some passages where I had to stop reading altogether as I was wheezing with laughter! These events and the inclusion of Bridget's friends -both old & new- gave me the fun read I desired and was accostomed to from Fielding. Additionally, there was a more heartfelt tone this time that added more layers for me that I hadn't expected, but was a surprising pleasure. There is a sad undertone, without giving much away, in Bridget's new role in life and in missing a previous character (often mentioned and truly jumps off the page in a way that speaks to the author's clear development in past books), but it is balanced by her sweetness in her role as a mother that resonants for me, now married and a mom myself, and endears the character all the more. Fielding returns to her readers this "everywoman" who has become a dear friend for all seasons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2014

    Hi

    Hi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Free ipod

    Kiss ur hands three times post this three times and look under ur pillow

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Like visiting with an old friend

    Enjoyable read--laughter, tears, fun:-). An enjoyable read even through the inevitable bridget muck-ups. A relief to see that even with age we remain "ageless," but with the grace & humor to keep moving forward:-)

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