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Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy [Kindle Edition]

Helen Fielding
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,656 customer reviews)

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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 23 May 2014
Was so disappointed when reading the reviews of this when it first came out that I decided to wait and get it for free from my local Library. I'm glad I did as if I had paid for it I would have been sorely disappointed.

I remember for Comic Relief a few years ago that Helen Fielding went on Twitter as Bridget Jones as part of a 'prize'. I found her tweets hilarious and of course Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver also had a Twitter account each and with them all interacting with each other had some hilarious results. I was hooked on reading those tweets which disappointingly died down pretty soon after Comic Relief had finished. I'm not sure if Helen Fielding was encouraged by the response from Twitter to then decide to write another novel but considering Mark was featured on Twitter in the current timeline it came as a shock to find out that Mark is no longer with us in this book. Why oh why that choice was made by Helen Fielding I don't know.

I found Bridget's character in this book absolutely ridiculous. The age she is and she's still acting like a teenager. I just didn't like it and as much as I loved the previous books and the films this book just seemed like a complete waste of time and possibly just a money spinner for Ms Fielding. Killing Mark off was just a big 'no, no' for me.
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50 of 55 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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82 of 91 people found the following review helpful

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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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shallow 25 Nov 2013
Although I read the book for some light relief from heavier, more valuable reading, this book is so shallow it is boring, and I believe would never have been published if it wasn't for the success of the films. The plot is totally predictable and transparent and as per The Edge of Reason, Fielding regurgitates the same jokes; thankfully this time there wasn't yet another fight scene. The character 'Bridget' has always been the appeal for me, which previously enabled me to tolerate the weak story telling, but I found it difficult to even enjoy Bridget in this book; Fielding made it all too easy for her and there was nothing and no one to root for, particularly as the ending was obvious by about an 8th of the way through the book.
Fielding writes that she cried when she listed the many people who had contributed in her acknowledgements, and in her shoes I would have been crying in shame; I suspect that Teenagers have written better books without any of the assistance or the financial incentive that Fielding had. I'm just pleased that I borrowed it rather than buying it!
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196 of 220 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
"Mad About The Boy" by Helen Fielding is an excellent sequel to her Bridget Jones series. At first I was not sure if I liked the new Bridget but Fielding did a fantastic... Read more
Published 4 hours ago by ChristophFischerBooks
4.0 out of 5 stars So Glad I Persevered
I have to admit to initially picking up this book feeling very negative. I was, of course, in mourning for Mark Darcy, his demise already having been made public knowledge. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Anne Ullah
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the previous two books but still worth read
As the title says, not as good as the previous two but still worth a read. I enjoyed some sections of the book but others did bore me a bit.
Published 12 hours ago by Claire McKinlay
2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh
Fielding has missed the mark here, massively. The old Bridget books were magically relatable and funny, but this one was a dire slump. Read more
Published 23 hours ago by Niamh
4.0 out of 5 stars Bridgit Jones forever!
Just love Bridgit Jones, so could not miss it. May be not as brilliant as the first 2, but still warm and funny. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Vassili
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
Enjoyed this as a holiday read. Not being of Twitter mind, found some of it tedious but good read. Would love to see film.
Published 1 day ago by MRS G G E CROUCH
5.0 out of 5 stars I like to sit down and enjoy a good book
I like to sit down and enjoy a good book, these books are really good and will read time and time again.
Published 2 days ago by nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book and a lovely holiday read
Published 2 days ago by MISS EMILY MARTIN
5.0 out of 5 stars but you need to like Bridget Jones
Very enjoyable, but you need to like Bridget Jones though
Published 2 days ago by sharon tang
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like before!
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book once I knew about Darcy,but it was like the old books with Bridget being as mad as ever. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Lorraine Davies
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