Thursday, October 17, 2013

Review: Bridget Jones Mad About The Boy By: Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones, #3)Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Okay, first let me be honest, I wanted to hate this very badly - Mark dead - who would do that, I mean, that is just sick and evil.
Enter Bridget at 51/52 a widow of 5 years (although parts of the book flashes to a year before), a mother of two - Billy (who has his father's eyes, and makes you cry every time he enters the page) and Mabel (who seems to have her mother's spirit). Mark has quite appropriately died while doing human rights work and has thought way in advanced by making sure his family would be secure - money would never be a problem (no matter how much Bridget spends or how much a Nanny costs).
Bridget's voice is still funny, self deprecating - but... magically she has written a screenplay (is this the same Bridget that worked in publishing yet didn't read at 30), she lost 50 lbs in 3 months yet eats like a garbage bin and drinks like a lush (has children ever made her grow as an adult or losing a husband), she acts like a 20 year old when she finds a toy boy and loses sight of being a mother (which lets face it - makes me hate her, these are Mark's children, no toy boy is worth her not putting his children to bed for). There are funny moments and there are times that Bridget feels so real and relatable - the hectic day to day mother, the deep sorrow and fear of tomorrow, even the crazy unbelievable, but unfortunately a lot of this book felt forced, artificial, and contrived.

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