Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy


If there ever was a fictional character I'd turn to in my hour of need, the times where I've really needed a friend due to break up's and other relationship problems, then it would be the wonderful Bridget Jones. So it's an understatement to say that I was a little excited when I knew book number 3 was out in October & bought it straight away. 

Now I know what you're thinking, "that was three months ago Kelly, why are you telling us about it now?" Well, when I hit Waterstones to get my copy of Mad About The Boy, I also picked up the first 2 books so I could completely immerse myself in the world of Bridget & remind myself of her previous antics with the likes of the lovely Mr Darcy & troublemaker Daniel Cleaver! Also if you've read my previous Resolutions post then you'd know one of my resolutions was to read more, so thought it only right that I share my views on each book I read with you guys. (your comments may also help me stick to it!) As I read this in December (eventually!) I thought what better place to start!

So what did Miss Jones have in store for us this time? If you've never read Bridget Jones or seen the films (which I recommend you do both!) then I'll give you the general outline of the story so far. Firstly the books are written in the form of a diary (hence the name!) We get to hear Bridgets innermost thoughts as well as the way she reacts to each situation she finds herself, which is not only hilarious to read but what I also find so relateable in the books. I mean who hasn't acted polite to the face of the snooty woman looking her nose down on you without thinking "what a cow!"?

So the story so far is as follows. (pssst! If you've never read the first 2 books then you may want to stick this review in your faves, go read them & come back, as this is definitely SPOILER ALERT time!) 

Bridget, a 30 something singleton, is constantly being reminded by her parents & "smug married" friends that she still hasn't got a boyfriend and that she better get a move on if she ever wants to get married & have babies. She meets Mark Darcy, a gorgeous lawyer who her mother tries to set her up with. This doesn't go too well and so Bridget stupidly sets her sights on her boss Daniel Cleaver, an egotistical, sex-obsessed man who ultimately is revealed to be a bit of a cheat & general love-rat.

After finding out a few truths about Daniel & realising that it's Mr Darcy she really wants to be with, Bridget ends up, yet again making a fool or herself at a party when she thinks some other woman has got her claws in to him. However, all is not lost as Mark sweeps her off her feet in true knight in shining armour style & they walk off in to the sunset together.

Book 2 carries on from they left off and things get a little messy at this point when mutual friend Rebecca also takes to Mark Darcy & ends up splitting the pair up. Daniel Cleaver turns up on the scene again, but Bridget's not fooling for his charms a second time & tells him to hit the road. Once again & after many complications & misunderstandings the couple end up back in each others arms for their happy ever after ending. Awww!

However book number 3, Mad About The Boy isn't quite, let's say, what you'd be expecting. I mean I was hoping to find Bridget, now 51, happily married to Mr Darcy with a couple of kids in a cosy little home of their own. Not much to ask right? Well, yes she and Mark did get married, had 2 beautiful children & were very happy. That was until Mark got killed. Yes, I know. I didn't want to believe it either. Now some of you may be saying "Kelly! What the hell are you doing telling us this?" But as this part of the story was publicly announced by the author Helen Fielding on the radio, magazines & in various interviews I thought it might be just about okay to spill those beans. (Please don't hate me!) 

Continuing on, it's not all doom & gloom & Bridget is back on top form. Going from disastrous yet hilarious dates as she tries to get back in to the world of romance to trying to keep her unruly children Billy & Mabel under control, you are guaranteed to laugh out loud while reading this, even if your heartstrings get a little tugged along the way. I'm not promising you won't shed a tear, especially if, like me, you hold Bridget close to your heart, but this is a very worthy read. 
Whether you need to a book a chill out with or are a fan of the other books, you just can't go wrong with a bit of chick-lit & this is the creme dela creme of funny, feminine fiction.

So what didn't I like? Well obviously the fact that Mark gets killed was a bit of a bummer for me, but I guess Fielding wanted to make this one a little grittier, something people may be able to relate to, as life isn't always a bowl of cherries. There are bad times as well as good. I also felt the ending was a little bit rushed. I think one the characters (don't worry I won't spoil it for you!) could have had more mentions in start & middle of the book. I couldn't make out if this person was just bystander or if there was a good reason they were in the story until around the last third of the book. I'm not sure if that was deliberate to make the reader come to their own conclusions & think about it more (it certainly kept me guessing!) 

One of the things I loved about this book is it brought back a few other familiar faces in the form of Bridgets besties Tom & Jude, who are, without a doubt (and apart from Bridget!) the funniest in the story (especially Tom!) However I was disappointed, as I'm sure most B.J fans were, when Shazzer didn't make what would have been a very  welcome return in Mad About The Boy. I found she brought a fabulous feminist "don't-take-any-shit-from-men" side to the previous books which any girl going through boyfriend problems was sure to relate to & adore. Despite this I did find some solace in new friend of Bridget's Talitha, who is essentially a 60-year old version of Shazzer. 

If you want to laugh, if you're up for a bit of an emotional roller-coaster, if you want to see a middle-aged woman try to figure out how a television remote works (that reminded me of my mum too much!) and trying to fathom out just how to get any followers of Twitter then give this book a try!

Have you read this one yet? Let me know what you thought in the comments! I'm also looking for lots of new books to read, so feel free to give me your recommendations below. Thanks for reading lovelies & please let me know if you'd like to hear more book reviews from yours truly!

Kelly x

3 comments:

  1. The Bridget Jones series is something I need to read, it looks so amusing. I am working my way through Harry Potter and the books are so worth a read!

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    GreyWalls

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  2. I absolutely adore all the Bridget Jones books and the movies! They're the ones I've read and watched over and over. I loved the new book, despite the emotional roller coaster, and I really hope they make it into a film... I seriously need some more Colin Firth and Hugh Grant in my life. :)

    Beth. x

    Sometimes The Stars

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