Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

Bridget is back! I LOVED Bridget Jones back in the day – I found it proper, laugh-out-loud hilarious. But I’m older and wiser now, just like Bridget (sort of). Now I’ve given up chick-lit, would I still find Ms Jones funny?

In short. Yes.

Bridget is now the widowed Mrs Darcy, in her 50s, with two very young children. Still funny, still ditzy, still dreaming, still running late, still obsessing over outfits and calories and weight. Mrs Darcy is still very much Bridget Jones and she has been aged perfectly. All of the old characters are there (apart from Shazzer) and they’ve all got back stories as their lives have moved on too.

There are very few sentences in the book, which aren’t funny and aren’t quintessentially Bridget. BUT there’s something else too. A vein of sadness which runs right the way through the book. And you may be surprised to hear that it’s beautifully done. There were plenty of times when I was in proper floods of tears reading it. Because Bridget is a widow trying to bring up two small kids and I think we can all imagine how hard that must be.

The Boy of the title is Roxster – Bridget’s toy boy, who helps her find a bit of happiness again, five years on from Mark Darcy’s death. There’s also a supporting cast of competitive mums and improbably named children (Atticus and Cosmato) and an irritating teacher who always sees Bridget at her worst.

Looking for that perfect easy summer read? Look no further than Bridget Jones.

Bridget Jones, Helen Fielding, book review

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. I’ve been putting off reading this book, but after reading your review I think I should give it a go. xx

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    • Thanks, Susan, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed! x

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    • It’s great, Laura, I’m sure you will love it!

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  2. I am really reluctant to read this because of Mark Darcys death. It does sound like a good book….but…still….hmmmm….I dunno 🙂

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    • Go on! It is sad and a bit different without Mark Darcy, but still brilliant.

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  3. I loved the Bridget Jones books but like you, I wasn’t sure if I would like this or not. I do really want to read it though and reading this has made me want to read it even more.

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    • I wasn’t sure if I had ‘grown out of’ this sort of book as I prefer literary novels now, but it really was very good. Definitely worth a read!

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  4. I had managed to let this book pass me by somehow but it looks great! I would love to read it. A great holiday read by the sound of things 🙂

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    • It definitely is! I read nearly the whole book on a solo train trip to Manchester and back!

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  5. I’m not convinced she got the voice right. I could believe the voice of Bridget at 40 maybe, but not 50. A fun read but was really disappointed she hadn’t moved the character on. I think Bridget deserved to have grown more. Style also felt outdated and obviously written for transfer to the screen. Worth reading for any fans just so they can judge for themselves.

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    • You may be right! The voice was definitely Bridget, but I did have to keep reminding myself she was in her 50s – the implausibly young children didn’t really help matters! But I loved it anyway – an enjoyable and funny book.

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