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Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy [Kindle Edition]

Helen Fielding
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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

Book Description

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: 1942 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • 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 (2,450 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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.

*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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Epic Fail 28 May 2014
By Bookwoman TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of those books that should never have been written.
It must be very tempting for an author to return to something so successful - and so lucrative. Everyone loved Bridget, and carrying on with her story just about worked in The Edge of Reason (which was basically the first book all over again).
But this is a disaster. The main reason Bridget was so popular was that her world was so recognisable. We laughed at her, but we also identified with all those crises in her love life and at work. But now Mark has died (big mistake, surely?) leaving her so well-heeled that she can live in Chalk Farm and employ a full-time nanny without having to get a real job, this has become rather difficult. While scatty thirtysomething Bridget was adorable, self-obsessed fiftysomething Bridget is plain annoying.
And it's really not believable, is it? A thirty year old toy boy who loves you for yourself - really? Those children - too, too thweet (and surely much too young?) And by the time she gets round to creating a second Mark Darcy in the shape of a sexy teacher with a past - who's got enough cash for them to live together in "a messy old house near Hampstead Heath" - she's lost all touch with reality. It's lazy, and so lame - rather like all that tweeting.
I can't think of many successful sequels which lift the curtain after a fairytale ending - it's never worked with Lizzie Bennet and Mr Darcy - but this is surely one of the worst. It makes Jilly Cooper look like Shakespeare.
I'm crossing my fingers that this blatant attempt to squeeze out another film and make the author pots of cash turns out to be an Epic Fail.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bridget Jones Bad Dream 25 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was so much more than a disappointment, it actually made me physically cringe at certain points. Fielding's pathetic attempts to reflect the modern world were totally out of touch with reality. I don't know a single person who might identify with Bridget or her friends, who only seem to pop up to quote some crappy mantra, from a self help book that most of the world has forgotten about. Bridget has been blessed with children but they are far too young considering that she and Mr Darcy ran off into the sunset almost two decades ago. What's most annoying, the children seem to be at the bottom of Bridget's upper middle class priority list, making her a pretty unlikable character. This book's most unforgivable fault, is that it killed off Mr Darcy before the first page in order to clear the way for Bridget to enter the modern dating world. The reader would have forgiven Fielding for splitting up the happy couple, in a trial separation or divorce, maybe throw in a teenage child or two and some dating disasters which the reader may relate to, before they ultimately realise their love for each other again. In fact, I would still urge Fielding to write that book, the first chapter could start with Bridget waking up from a bad dream.....This awful book. Honestly, Fielding its not to late to scrap it and start again!!

One star and that's being generous
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars such a shame.... 22 Oct 2013
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I had great expectations and was incredibly excited about the release of this book but sadly I failed to enjoy it as much as I'd hoped

Although it's a good read in its own right and we all love Miss Jones it's not a good follow-on. To kill off such a great character whom we all love and then simply have the story follow a familiar path didn't really cut it for me,
essentially Mr Wallaker is just a recreation of Mr Darcy.

Nothing new here sadly
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not brilliant
Not as good as the first two but then seriously when are the sequels ever as good? Made me laugh in places but pretty predicable.
Published 1 hour ago by Fran
5.0 out of 5 stars book
bought this as a present so can't review
Published 8 hours ago by Hils
5.0 out of 5 stars just as brilliant as the last two
Laughed and cried at such a funny/sad book. Re watched the first two films and still just as good as I remembered.
Published 13 hours ago by robbotodd
1.0 out of 5 stars Total rubbish. I only read it till the end ...
Total rubbish. I only read it till the end because I'd paid for it, and i wish I hadn't.
Published 21 hours ago by Bano70
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Loved the films but did not find it the same to read the book.
Published 1 day ago by Sandra Devon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A bit predictable, but nevertheless an enjoyable read in the same 'Bridget' style.
Published 1 day ago by Amazonaddict
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing holiday read
Great easy holiday read. Funny anecdotes about modern family life, with the additions of getting to grips with social media.
Published 1 day ago by Mother of 2
4.0 out of 5 stars going to be a great film
Lovely book, funny, sad, romantic..... Everything you want from Bridgit!! Can't wait for the film now, it's gonna be great!
Published 1 day ago by Hayley
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not as good as the first two books.
Published 1 day ago by Mrs_S
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to catch up with Bridget Jones again
I loved this book, had me laughing out loud,
Will appeal to all women of a certain age
Published 2 days ago by Mandy M
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