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1.0 out of 5 stars Laughs: 0 (not vg) Eye Rolls: too many to count., 5 Dec. 2013
This review is from: Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (Hardcover)

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. It's obviously written with the intent of being turned into a film, because it's lost all the sparkle of the first two books and instead is heavily reliant on visuals that will work in a Hollywood movie. The sentence "it's raining men" is actually in here. Repeat references to the Dalai Lama's twitter account and numerous mentions of checking for followers made me want to heave.

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Initial post: 7 Dec 2013 07:22:15 GMT
Bee E says:
I couldn't agree more!

Posted on 8 Jan 2014 19:27:54 GMT
Lynn M says:
Agree totally with everything said here.

Posted on 15 Jan 2014 15:37:58 GMT
B. M. Biggs says:
Exactly what I thought but more eloquently put!!

Posted on 22 Jan 2014 12:29:57 GMT
Could not have put it better. Juvenile drivel only selling off the back of the first 2 books which were a delight. 38% in on Kindle and I am giving up. Janet and John had better plots and better dialogue. Bridget may be 51 but if I were asked to guess I'd say 15

Posted on 31 Jul 2014 21:20:16 BDT
Me says:
Such a disappointing book. Totally agree with this review. All i can think of is that the author was short of money. This book would never have been a best seller if it was not for the previous two

Posted on 17 Jan 2015 23:15:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jan 2015 23:16:26 GMT
SJ says:
I couldn't agree more.... This is an appalling book. I was so looking forward to the 3rd film but having read 2/3rds of this drivel I can't bear another page. To think no Mark Darcey and no Dad.. The film would be rubbish without both of those actors and the other thing that's just unrealistic..... Mark and Daniel made it up before Mark died after all they went thru in the first 2 books.. I think not! Utter utter rubbish said by a true and avid fan of Bridget Jones.. No wonder Renee Zellwegger doesn't want anything to do with a 3rd film!

Posted on 23 Feb 2015 12:35:24 GMT
Totally agree.
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