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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 (2,996 customer reviews)

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THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER

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

THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER

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


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2468 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D1VKZ3M
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,996 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,596 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing 7 Oct. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Omg, what a disappointment! I absolutely loved the first two books and the films (of course!), but as I was reading this sequel I kept wondering if Helen Fielding actually wrote this herself, as with every further page it more and more reminded me of a fan fic. First of all, what happened to all the wonderful sarcastic humour of the first books? Why all the graphic sex scenes? The plot doesn't make sense either: why did she have kids so late? The plot suggests that Bridget married Mark at 35. But then she had Billy at 45 and Mabel at 47? Despite the ticking clock? A bit of a stretch, isn't it? Why and how was Mark killed? How does she manage to get a referral to obesity clinic wearing size 14? The whole Mr.Wallaker romance was visible from the very beginning, no suspense there at al! But my main question to the author is WHY DO YOU HATE YOUR WONDERFUL CHARACTERS? You turned Bridget into a sad sad person who lives on cheese, Daniel Cleaver is laughable in his pathetic advances AND drinks fairy liquid, Mark is dead! This book is a fake and I'll pretend it doesn't exist!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely Dreadful 6 Aug. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed the previous two books - but the killing off of Mr Darcy and the shallow characters who populate the novel instead did not seem to make sense. I physically cringed at a lot of the content, and the odd sad moments (when she remembers Darcy) just felt odd and out of place in the novel. I really really loved the first two, and re-read them all the time. I didn't even completely hate the second film - just to put into context how dire this third one is. Don't borrow it from anyone. Don't buy it from a charity shop. Just avoid completely, and allow your memory of Bridget to be uncorrupted by this latest tome.

1 Star because I can't give zero stars - actually a waste of your time on this earth.
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208 of 234 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
First things first; I am a man. A not very fabulous man at that.
Feel free to disregard the rest of my review if you wish as clearly I am not Helen Fielding's target market either now or 15 years ago. In my defense, I did read and enjoy Bridget Jones' Diary back in the day. Oh and I have childcare responsibilities so a grown up Bridget should be right up my street.....

ANYWAY. Now you know my credentials or lack there of let's get on with the review:

I agree with every one of the 1 star reviews here, this is a dreadful book. All the points scored against it are easy shots:

The character has not changed in any way in 15 years despite parenthood and two significant bereavements

The tragic events glossed over in the recap are far more interesting then the trivia that makes up the actual plot of the novel, is Helen Fielding scared of depth?

It reads like a synopsis for a movie with Hugh Grant's character shoe horned in purely so the producers of the inevitable film can include his name on the poster

It is not funny - the comedy is horribly contrived and falls flat on it's bottom at every turn

The story is utter trivia - did I mention that already? It bears repeating!

And you will no doubt find your own list of personal pet hates.
Here are mine:

The dismal cultural research (Plants Vs Zombies is not a game in which children use zombies to destroy plants, there are no 'levels' to complete in Minecraft, the last time a child said "Epic Fail" in real life was 2010 and even then they were eternally shunned by their peers for using such dated parlance).

The constant product placement masquerading as authenticity (Apple and Grazia must be delighted among many, many others).
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A terrible disappointment 2 Aug. 2014
By Lucy
Format:Paperback
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.

*This review contains spoilers*

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read if you love Bridget jones!
Published 40 minutes ago by RachelH
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Light Read
An easy reading book. Witty and enjoyable. Bought this to read on holiday and it fitted the bill perfectly.
Published 2 days ago by tdb
3.0 out of 5 stars A shame, what happened to the Bridget Jones we all love
As an avid Bridget Jones fan I must admit I found this new instalment disappointing. There was something ultimately not believable about it? Read more
Published 2 days ago by Lorien Adey
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
A great book to relax and read - was upset to end it but a great ending and feel satisfied with the happy ever after !
Published 5 days ago by Ms. Catherine Ashley
2.0 out of 5 stars No no no NO
I had to completely detach the main character of this book from the Bridget Jones we all know and love, to make it anyway near tolerable. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Nicola
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, arrived in time, cant wait for the film!
Good quality, arrived in time, cant wait for the film!
Published 8 days ago by Danielle Short
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have read in years - may be unbeatable!
Brilliant book, I laughed so much I cried and then during the sad moments when I was sobbing she still made it funny! Best book I have read in years!
Published 15 days ago by Aud Bod
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good book. Love all of the books and this ...
Such a good book.
Love all of the books and this one rounds it off perfectly!
Published 15 days ago by Kathryn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book ,good read
Published 16 days ago by petey.
5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't laughed so much at a book, ever!
I have never laughed so much at book; tears streaming down my face and momentarily unable to carry on reading, and this was in public! Read more
Published 18 days ago by SarahB
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