Sunday, December 29, 2013

Review- Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding


What do you do when your girlfriend’s sixtieth birthday party is the same day as your boyfriend’s thirtieth?

Is it better to die of Botox or die of loneliness because you’re so wrinkly?

Is it wrong to lie about your age when online dating?

Is it morally wrong to have a blow-dry when one of your children has head lice?

Is it normal to be too vain to put on your reading glasses when checking your toy boy for head lice?

Does the Dalai Lama actually tweet or is it his assistant?

Is it normal to get fewer followers the more you tweet?

Is technology now the fifth element? Or is that wood?

If you put lip plumper on your hands do you get plump hands?

Is sleeping with someone after two dates and six weeks of texting the same as getting married after two meetings and six months of letter writing in Jane Austen’s day?

Pondering these and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of loss, single motherhood, tweeting, texting, technology, and rediscovering her sexuality in—Warning! Bad, outdated phrase approaching!—middle age.


I had been hearing about Bridget Jones since I was a kid and I always wanted to read and know what the hype was behind them. So when I got a chance to read Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy I jumped at it. I haven't read the previous books so I don't know the exact story behind but I figured it out. It was a good if not an exceptional read.

Bridget is in her fifties now. She has to take care of her two adorable kids, Billy and Mabel and take care of herself. I liked Bridget. She was a unique character with her share of insecurities and she did goof up quite a few times but still she always managed to keep her priorities right with the kids. There was a charm in her personality.

When Bridget tries to be tech savvy she joins twitter and meets the thirty year old Roxter. I understood how all Bridget wanted to do was have some fun with Roxter and forget her worries for awhile. Roxter was sweet and understanding and sexy and even though it wasn't love you could see that they cared for each other.

I loved watching Bridget go through all the dilemmas of modern life. Trying to cope with love, loss is not easy when you're alone with two kids in tow. I also loved Briget's friends. They were all hilarious and had their own opinions. On everything. But they truly loved Bridget and wanted the best for her.

I can see how the Bridget Jones books have their charm. The writing style was really good. It made the reading really interesting and funny. But I wasn't blown away by it like I expected to be. Maybe I should've read the previous books before starting this one or maybe I couldn't fully relate to the situation Bridget was in. But all is well that ends well, I guess.

*Note: A copy of this book was provided by Random House India in exchange for an honest review. We thank them.


  1. I have never read these books even though I have heard so much about them. They do sound interesting but I wan't never a fan of the movies either so I'm just gonna skip it. Great review, Janhvi :)

  2. I have also heard a lot about them and even though I haven't read any part of the series, when I found a middle part at a book for a dirt price I instantly brought it... I do dream of reading it someday ;)
    Nice review :)

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