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Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Helen Fielding
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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.

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"Bridget's back and it's v.v. good... I laughed, I cried and most of all I loved'" Daily Mail "Sharp and humorous...snappily written, observationally astute...genuinely moving" New York Times Book Review "A fun fast-paces, entertaining ride...I devoured the book in two days" Cosmopolitan "Laugh out loud funny" Financial Times "Fielding is entertaining and insightful, her timing immaculate." -- Nicola Shulman Mail on Sunday

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A new Bridget Jones novel by Helen Fielding


Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fart jokes, Helen Fielding? Really?? 16 Feb. 2014
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I found this book hugely disappointing, both the storyline and the writing itself. Several pages of this books are devoted to fart and vomit jokes. I'd tell my 9 year old students off for writing so badly!

It's very difficult to picture a 50-something Bridget as the only thing Fielding tells us about is her weight, and in fact there's little character description throughout.

Bridget comes over as being incredibly self-absorbed throughout. Darcy leaves her with a lovely house, lots of money and a nanny. She doesn't work for more than a year, and when she gets a lucky break with becoming a script writer for a movie, she's too busy tweeting and texting the aforementioned fart jokes to her toyboy to actually keep the job.

Despite not working and having a nanny, she still can't cope with helping the kids get to school on time or do their homework. She's instead completely preoccupied with finding another man. It's pretty clear early on who she's going to end up with, but it still seems so unlikely that he would fall in love with her through the brief encounters they have.

I thought by the end I might have warmed to her, but no. She basically says at the end that now she's finally got a new man she can once again cope with life. Pathetic!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointed 9 Sept. 2014
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I physically cringed at some points in this book.

I have never known anybody in reality to obsess so much over twitter followers and take it all so seriously (particularly a 51 year old woman!).

It felt like I wad reading the diary of a 15 year old girl - although I think most 15 year old girls are more emotionally evolved than this incarnation of Bridget. Someone who spends their life not working, not looking after their children, but instead having so much time on their hands that they spend their entire life worrying about men, weight and THEMSELVES only.

She expects her friends (who are equally as 2d as she is!) to be there for her over every little stupid "crisis" she has going on in her life. Yet, when her friend comes to her for support she's more concerned and "hurt" over the fact that they didn't comment on her new coffee maker during their mini breakdown? She then gives some rubbish advice before swiftly changing the conversation back her own problems. How am I ever supposed to feel any empathy, sympathy or connection with someone so superficial?

Daniel Cleaver was just annoying. Who speaks like that. It felt like Fielding was simply making sure she gave Hugh Grant some "funny" one-liners for when the inevitable movie is released.

I wouldn't recommend this book to any fans of the previous books/movies.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother 28 July 2014
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I really wish I hadn't read this book, I loved the first two Bridget Jones books and was very disappointed by this one. It has a very weak plot not helped by killing Mark Darcy (why?!?!?). Bridget is still on her man quest and in many ways seems to not have grown up at all. This could have been fantastically funny if it was written as a reflection of Bridget's life after having children and trying to keep the spark in her marriage, instead it's about her chasing a man and trying to loose weight. Helen Fielding your readers have grown up why couldn't you let Bridget do the same?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 23 Feb. 2014
Worst book I've attempted to read since 'does my bum look big in this' which I eventually threw in the bin. I found myself skimming pages, skipping pages and finally giving up about halfway through. Completely two-dimensional characters lurching from one contrived situation to another. Like the worst Bridget jones fan fiction. First book was funny, second book was a bit cringey, this one is a disaster. I don't know how she could put it out there.
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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Diappointed 27 Dec. 2013
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What a shame, I loved the first two books. This one is boring, badly written and uses text conversations and Twitter rubbish far too often. Plus, what is the point of having a book about Bridget without Mr Darcy? Should have left it at 2 books- had to force myself to finish it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SMUG 23 Feb. 2015
Bridget is now a 51 year old single mum but I doubt many readers can relate to her at all. She has been left financially secure, not needing to work. but toys with writing a screenplay and has a nanny to take the children to school though she really doesn't need one. Her children are pretty much perfect, cheerful, cute little bundles of energy, forever "running off' with their friends and having sleepovers. The characters are lacking in depth and description, including Roxter (?), Mr Wallaker and Bridget herself. I found it hard to picture any of them or their surroundings.
I could excuse this if it were actually funny but I only laughed once, at the obesity clinic, and then felt bad for laughing.
Bridget still has very attentive friends who will happily turn up any time day or night with booze and advice. She easily makes friends with the artily bohemian new neighbour and they are immediately sharing 'problems' and their kids are having sleepovers. Even the caricature of competitive school mum Nicolette becomes her friend in the end. Is no one able to resist Brdget's charms? I found everything came to her a little too easily to relate or connect with her.
This has lost the humour and warmth it once had. She has it all really and wants more. Fielding's only attempts at comedy are getting stuff down herself, being late and getting constantly distracted by her phone. Unfortunately, she is just a bit annoying. Of course, she finds a new perfect man to 'make-it-all-right-in-the-end, like a modern day Cinderella, again. But, worst of all, I found this Bridget to be just a bit....too...SMUG.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Bridget Jones
Absolutely loved this from as start to finish. Was heartbroken about Mark Darcy but Bridget's attempts to find love again were hysterical as usual! Highly recommend this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and sad in equal measure
Wasn't sure if I would enjoy this as the previous 2 were so funny but this is an excellent progression to Bridget older with children. Very funny but equally very sad. Read more
Published 3 days ago by C. Marshall
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very dissappointed by the story. I had been looking forward to this book but I did not even finished it. Read more
Published 3 days ago by SAP777
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good read!
Really liked this, another Bridget Jones book I just can't put down. Really made me laugh in places too, good old Bridget!
Published 4 days ago by Lindsey Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 7 days ago by Karen Maslin
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
I enjoyed the first half of the book but the ending seemed rushed and disappointing. There was more focus on the toy boy than anything else.
Published 7 days ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
This book is amazing at times it makes me cry and other times it makes me smile but of overall this book is a book you will never find a book just like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars just like the old Bridget
Fantastic, slightly hard to refamiliarise myself after so long (and always read a different caliber of books) but soon enough slipped straight back into loving, and realising how... Read more
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