Review: Bridget Jones #3 – Mad About The Boy (Helen Fielding)

bridget-jones-mad-about-the-boyAmazon Summary:

What do you do when a girlfriend’s 60th birthday party is the same day as your boyfriend’s 30th?
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?
Does the Dalai Lama actually tweet or is it his assistant?
Is technology now the fifth element? Or is that wood?
Is sleeping with someone after 2 dates and 6 weeks of texting the same as getting married after 2 meetings and 6 months of letter writing in Jane Austen’s day?

My Thoughts: Ladies, she is back! The release of the third Bridget Jones sequel has been one that all of us have been waiting for for more than 10 years. When I heard that there was going to be a third book I was so happy and could not wait for it to be finally released…

But then… shock! Mark Darcy is dead! The cute and lovely protagonist that Bridget was so completely in love with is not a part of the sequel anymore. He just died while we were waiting for another book to be released! By now, this is certainly not a spoiler anymore as this news spread as quick as the news about the NSA spying on us…

Because of Mark’s death, many Bridget Jones fans decided not to read the new book as they felt that there could not be a really good story without Mark Darcy. Even with all these deniers of the third novel, I still wanted to know how the life of Bridget Jones developed and I have to tell you, it is great!

You can expect the same chaotic, manic and unorganized Bridget that you were used to during the first two books. In a way I think it is good that Helen Fielding let Mark Darcy die and that it happend in between books. Bridget Jones novels are not supposed to be sad. They are supposed to be funny and should make us laugh! That is what we are used to and what we expect. Also, can you imagine Bridget as a happy and married wife without any of the previous dating desasters?

Over the years, I kind of missed the typical Bridget Jones style of writing which makes the books totally unique and, even though the movies were great, makes the books a thousand times better than the films:

  • The fragments of thoughts and happenings all listed as they happen without further explanation.
  • The list making
  • The enumeration of kilos Bridget gains or losses each day
  • The million things that go wrong in Bridget’s life…

Even though, Bridget’s character did not change at all, there are still parts of her life that changed. Helen Fielding let her grow up and included parts of real life such as Twitter (Bridget now is a total Twitter Maniac with her own Twitter Account) and smart phones. Maybe you asked yourself over the years if Bridget would use social media and how she would get along with it. Now you are about to find out.

I don’t want to spoil the fun for you so I leave you to it with just saying that I loved the third book as much as I loved the previous two! I really hope that you will give it a chance as, believe me, Bridget is still her old, funny and sometimes pitiful self!

My Rating: ★★★★

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