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Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones's Diary) by Helen Fielding

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List Price: £7.99


Paperback: 400 Pages.

Published: 19 June 2014 by Vintage

ISBN: 0099584433

EAN: 9780099584438

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

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

Is sleeping with someone after 2 dates and 6 weeks of texting the same as getting married after 2 meetings and 6 months of letter writing in Jane Austen's day?

Pondering these, and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of single-motherhood, tweeting, texting and redisovering her sexuality in what SOME people rudely and outdatedly call 'middle age'.

The long-awaited return of a much-loved character, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is timely, tender, touching, witty, wise and bloody hilarious.


2.0 Stars2.0 Stars  by Anne

A sad disappointment

Bridget Jones is a great creation but this is a book too far. All the characteristics that made Bridget funny when she was in her thirties are unattractive in a woman in her fifties. Bridget doesn't seem to have moved on at all or to have changed her character in any way.

In this book Bridget is a widow and has two children. I have to say that we don't really get to know the children at all. It is as though having created them the author has found that they get in the way and has tried then to forget about them again. This is possibly because the old reckless, careless, impulsive Bridget doesn't meld well with a woman who is responsible for the lives of others.

In common with her earlier self Bridget seeks a man to complete her. She continually muses on how easy her life would be if only Mark Darcy was still there to fix things for her. This caused me to grind my teeth in rage from time to time because, although I know that she may have wanted the company, to see Bridget so dependent on men demeaned her in my sight. In fact, she has a boy friend in this book who is much younger than her - hence the title. I'll try not to spoil this for those of you who do go ahead and read the book but what does happen in her love life is unexpected mainly because I don't think that there is any real preparation for it. I found the resolution odd.

I wish Bridget had grown up as she got older but she hasn't and all the traits of her youth that made the previous two books so much fun are unattractive in the present-day, at an older age and in her new situation. I also query why she is now measuring her weight solely in pounds - what happened to stones ?

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