REVIEW: Mad About the Boy, (Bridget Jones 3) by, Helen Fielding

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Blurb: Bridget Jones is back! Set in the present, the new novel will explore a different phase in Bridget‘s life with an entirely new scenario. As Helen Fielding has said: “If people laugh as much reading it as I am while writing it then we’ll all be very happy.”

Description is short and to the point now isn’t it? Ok, so I read the barrage of insults lashed out at Fielding for killing off Mr. Darcy. HOW DARE SHE! Kill off one of HER own characters! The shame! After the initial shock that Mr. Darcy wouldn’t be a part of this lovely story, I wondered if it would be worth reading. But seriously, after all the time that has passed since The Edge of Reason, what were they REALLY going to do to them again? Would Daniel Cleaver come back into the picture and seduce Bridget, AGAIN? Because Helen has already used that story twice, and I’m ok with her shaking things up a bit.

Bridget is quite older now – in her 50’s with two children and obviously having to raise them on her own now that Mark is gone. It’s sad, and I won’t lie that I got misty eyed as she talked about how the children won’t have a father growing up, and they won’t know how much he loved them – doing Christmas on their own, father’s day on their own, and every holiday, school function etc that Bridget will always be the widow. It’s heart breaking. And it isn’t until much further into the book do you find out how he died – which made it even worse for me. I poured a glass of wine, lit a cigarette and sat down with my old friend Bridget to really feel her loss. It broke my heart – and you know what? That just shows how well Fielding writes. She evoked real feelings from me, I felt like i was sitting with my friend who had just lost the love of her life. But you know what? She made us laugh again!

Because, if anything else even in the worst of times Bridget is one thing – funny! Even if she’s making fun of herself, which honestly are 80% or more of the jokes. But we laugh because we see so much of ourselves in her. The things we won’t allow anyone to see – but the stuffing of graded cheese into our mouth as we’re bitching about how much we weigh, or the constant reminders of how we’re nothing like we once were. We will never be younger, and we will never look as good as we did in our 30’s. She shows the ugly side to every women and wears it proudly (sometimes.)

We watch her navigate Twitter – which I myself have still yet to grasp fully.

We watch her try to engage in dating again, both painfully said and then we meet Roxster. A man who makes her laugh, albeit a boy toy much younger than her. He’s bringing her back to life and showing her it’s ok to feel again. It’s ok to be happy, and it’s ok to have sex. But that’s hard to realize when you’re still in love with your dead husband.

Bridget is in a whole different stage of her life right now – both forward and back. Sure, she’s in her 50’s and is raising two small children. I’m sure it’s tough… but she deals with everything as best as she can and always, with a sense of humor. I will always stand by my girl.

Cheers Bridget!

*Favorite Quotes*

“Rebecca poured more wine and explained her theory of child-rearing, which is that you should behave as badly as possibly so that the children will rebel against you and turn out like Saffron on Absolutely Fabulous.”

“Then the Bambi eased itself slightly and embarrassingly by letting out an enormous fart. ‘Jonesey!’ said Roxster. ‘Was that a fart?’ ‘Maybe just a teensy-weensy little pfuff of Bambi,’ I said sheepishly. ‘Little pfuff? It was more like a plane taking off. It’s even silenced the dog!'”

“I made my excuses and left, thinking, really, after a certain age, people are just going to do what they’re going to do and you’re either going to accept them as they are or you’re not.”

“…he picked me up in his arms, as if I was as light as a feather, which I am not, unless it was a very heavy feather, maybe from a giant prehistoric dinosaur-type bird…”

“We’ve been texting for weeks. Surely it’s rather like in Jane Austen’s day when they did letter-writing for months and months and then just, like, immediately got married?’
‘Bridget. Sleeping with a twenty-nine-year-old off Twitter on the second date is not “rather like Jane Austen’s day”.”

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3 thoughts on “REVIEW: Mad About the Boy, (Bridget Jones 3) by, Helen Fielding

  1. Thanks for linking up my blog review. It’s nice to read your review, which reminded me of all the things I did like in the book. But the ending was so lacklustre, it sort of overshadowed all the good parts also in my mind.

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    • True, the ending was a bit dull. And quite fast really for a heartbroken widow lol she hates him throughout the whole book, then suddenly he’s ok and she shags him…. Into happily ever after. Was a bit weird.

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