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REVIEW: Bridget Jones : mad about the boy / Helen Feilding

December 7, 2013

Bridget is now 51, going on 35, and has two young children.  Five years have passed since her relationship with Mark came to a sudden end, and she is finally ready to get back into the dating game.  Initially this involves shedding 40 pounds, and dipping her toes into internet dating sites. Great hilarity ensues, especially when she attracts a delightful 30 year old toy-boy Roxster … the boy to which the title refers I assume.

I haven’t actually read the two previous novels (Bridget Jones and Bridget Jones: edge of reason), but I have seen the first movie, and to me the tone of this book fitted very well with the Bridget portrayed by actress Renee Zellwegger.  There was plenty of witty repartee between characters in ‘person’ and via text messaging, interspersed with sadder reflective moments as Bridget ponders her life and her advancing age.

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It was a little sad that Mark Darcy wasn’t in the story anymore, having been killed suddenly.  Which is, of course, why Bridget is back in the dating game.  But at least Darcy’s rival Daniel Cleaver (as played by Hugh Grant) remains in the mix, as the godfather to her children.

All in all, I enjoyed this light read, and found it ultimately uplifting and satisfying.  And if, like me, you haven’t read the previous books, it will still make sense as the backhistory is explained.  3/5

-Natalie

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