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

Helen Fielding
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,877 customer reviews)

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The perfect gift for Mother’s Day


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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6 of 6 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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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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89 of 100 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Laughs: 0 (not vg) Eye Rolls: too many to count. 5 Dec. 2013

Lovable, cuddly, foot-in-mouth, just-the-way-you-are Bridget is long gone. In her place is a 51 year old widow obsessed with finding a man (yes, still,- and while we're on the subject, what kind of a name is Roxster?!), losing weight (yes, still, - a referral to an obesity clinic at a size 14? Really Helen? Way to relate to a huge chunk of your original fans there...) and booze (mouthful of wine in the middle of a children's diarrhea/vomit incident? Really?).

As for "hilarious" - if you find nits, poo, vomit, farting, technophobia and juvenile name-calling among parents funny, then you'll split your sides within the first 150 pages. Otherwise, you'll sit as I did, cringing for this ridiculous woman.

Just keep in mind when reading this that Bridget is no longer in her thirties and trying to work out where her life is going. She's 51, with children raised by a Nanny (even though she doesn't work) and a stupid boyfriend. Her friends haven't grown up either, and her mother is still commenting on her life even though she's now in her seventies.

Helen seems to think we've all forgotten who Bridget is - lines from the first two books and films crop up repeatedly. "Daniel, my former emotional f*ckwit boyfriend and Mark's former arch-enemy" or "Running around naked on his parents lawn". Look, I'm all for finding love and discovering who you are no matter what your age, but when these characters are supposed to be in their fifties and they're still having telephone conversations that involve the words "what colour are your knickers, Jones?" - it's time to stop reading.

Helen made a huge mistake getting rid of one of the most popular characters, but she made an even bigger one by writing this drivel in the first place.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine Emotional Rollercoaster!!
You will definitely laugh-out-loud and sob your heart out in equal measures with this book. For all Bridget Jones fans, Helen Fielding doesn't disappoint. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Ms Njeva
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book
Published 1 day ago by Joslyn Joanna Ash
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I couldn't get into Mad About the Boy. Unlike the first two Bridget Jones book, I found it a bit boring and gave up reading it half way through (the others I couldn't put down!).
Published 1 day ago by Laura Guascone
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
I adore this book, I've read it four times, most recently after having my daughter, it is beautiful, sad, jubilant, hilarious and makes you realise that life is a wonderful thing... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mrs Rachel Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars Helen Fielding proves she's still go it
Another fantastic read in the Bridge Jones series. A truly wonderful read full of the expected highs and lows you'd come to expect from Bridget's life. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Fern
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
Dialogue worked for late 20's early 30's character but seems ridiculous for a 50something widow with two young children, quite irritating at times. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Gem
2.0 out of 5 stars Pointless
I was pleasantly surprised when I heard about this book having loved the previous two. What a disappointment! Read more
Published 5 days ago by Joanne Young
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Fans of the first two books will be pleased to know that even in her fifties Bridget is still as scatty as she ever was. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Grace
4.0 out of 5 stars easy to read and entertaining
Started off a bit slow but soon got into the flow, reconnecting with Bridget and her friends. As amusing and entertaining as always, just devastated that Mark Darcy is no longer... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Scooksy
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
'Mad About the Boy' is not as good at the other two prequels.
Published 6 days ago by Ms. Rebecca Ryan
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