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

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2479 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345806344
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D1VKZ3M
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,033 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,209 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lucy on 2 Aug. 2014
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Olesya Pounder on 7 Oct. 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nutella_xx on 6 Jan. 2014
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I think I must be reading a different book to a lot of the other reviewers. Here are my comments (mild spoilers):

- Bridget Jones was an infuriating, self-obsessed (but lovable) charicature in the first two books. Have people forgotten this? She was less irritating in the films but I always wanted to give the character in the book a good shake. And that's saying something coming from one of life's procrastinators (e.g. I should be preparing for important meeting right now but instead am reviewing this book). Anyway, she's the same now.
- Quite why people think she should have "grown up" between mid-30s to early 50s is beyond me. Mid-30s is pretty "grown up"! Do people really change that much as they get older??
- Not sure why people think she isn't putting her children first. Errr ... she is, but she is also a human being and allowed a life independent of her children. And what on earth is wrong with her wanting to move on and find another relationship some 4-5 years after the tragic death of the love of her life
- I personally think Helen Fielding has dealt with the whole issue of bereavement and the difficulty in moving on/guilt/etc very well.
- Also not sure why readers are getting their knickers in a twist about certain characters being in/out of the book and how the book has been written with the film in mind. Of course it has been!!

In summary, I haven't been able to put it down. Loved it!
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Welsh lady on 27 Dec. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was looking forward to this book so much as I loved reading the other books. However, unlike the others, I didn't enjoy this at all. For some strange reason, Bridget is now around fifty years old and with very young children ( her youngest is four!). Why's that, when she married Mark Darcy when she was in her early thirties! Helen Fielding should have thought of this! Most of Bridget's fans were all around the same age as her and could relate to her. That's why the first two books were so successful! We're not interested in nits and toy boys! We've grown up and matured but she clearly hasn't!
I read the first half of the book and then had to give up. Couldn't bear to read any more drivel!
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212 of 239 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 6 Nov. 2013
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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