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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 "You'll be left feeling like you've just met up with an old pal you haven't seen for ages - and wish you could have done it sooner." Closer

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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 Don't bother 28 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Smiffy
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Totally load of trash. obviously Helen Fielding was either desperate for money or was being nagged to write a further book, to be fair to the author I strongly suspect it was the latter. It was not a good read at all and tryng to make it 'of the moment' with all the #twitter comments was ludicrous and degrades her credibility as a serious author in my opinion. The story barely holds together and is nowhere near as good as the original Bridget Jone's Diary or even the sequel, obviously they want to make a third film and I suspect it was not about being brave to portray Bridget as a 50 year old career woman struggling as a single parent but more about Colin Firth wanting to do more serious films and get away from his Mr Darcy image! I have given the book to charity and hope it fetches some money as it wasn't worth what I paid for it by a long shot.
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Diappointed 27 Dec. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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11 of 12 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Justyna
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What a disappointment. I loved the first 2 books and was so excited for the 3rd one. I dont get how people find it funny. Maybe if i was around 50 and was fantacising about young men, id find it funny too. Ive forced myself to get to the middle of the book hoping for at least one funny episode but all she talks about are her kids, dead husband and stupid tweets. How a 50 year old woman can be so immature to be bothered by having/not having/losing tweeter followers. And also, the author went too far with the age difference between Bridget and her lover. Sorry but these things dont really happen unless you're Jenifer Lopez...or if the young guy has serious mental issues. I was just getting more and more annoyed with every page of the book. The only adjective that would come to my mind was "pathetic"...
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1.0 out of 5 stars A terrible disappointment 2 Aug. 2014
By Lucy
I bought this having read the original two books years ago and I enjoyed those thoroughly. The singleton Bridget of the 1990s was a cultural phenomenon many could relate to. However, this third instalment is a huge disappointment and I fear that Helen Fielding may have tarnished Bridget's legacy permanently. I had to force myself to finish it as it was actually a rather unpleasant read.

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In my opinion Helen Fielding has transformed Bridget from a loveably scatty character into a selfish monster. It made sense that a singleton in her 30s such as Bridget would be wrapped up in her own feelings and goals, because she was a single working woman trying to make her own way in life. However, in 'Mad About The Boy', Bridget is 51 and a widow with two young children. Therefore, you would assume that she would have developed as a character during the 15 fictional years that have passed since the last instalment but for some strange reason, she has not. 51-year-old Bridget does not appear to have developed psychologically in any way since the last book, despite having been through several life-changing experiences. Although the opening section of the book is quite moving, it soon becomes clear that Bridget's general approach to life has remained the same as before, which just doesn't make sense. This in itself makes it extremely difficult to visualise Bridget as being 51 rather than in her mid-thirties.

Helen Fielding has taken Bridget's least attractive traits and exaggerated them to the point where all her former charm has been obliterated. Bridget is completely obsessed with her own needs and desires, primarily the pursuit of men and her physical appearance.
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