Don’t Dismiss Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy Until You’ve Read It

Bridget_Jones_Mad_About_The_Boy_a_pFilled with shocks and for some readers, disappointments, but don’t dismiss Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy until you’ve read it.

This book has caused quite a stir as it was revealed before the book’s publication that the much loved character from the Bridget Jones books, Mark Darcy, had died leaving Bridget alone with their two young children. The book begins five years after his death with Bridget’s life far from being together and dating a 29 year old toy boy.

The choice to write this book at all is controversial having given Mark and Bridget their happy ending in The Edge of Reason. This book has been dismissed by many who say it is one thing for Bridget to be struggling through single life in her thirties and quite another to be making all the same mistakes through her fifties.

Bridget is as lost as ever in the world of dating but her worries have been updated to fit her new situation. Is dating someone else a betrayal of Mark? Is she focusing too much on trying to get a man and neglecting her children? Fielding has excellently captured the feelings of a woman in a different stage in her life. Age almost doesn’t matter at all as Bridget is having to start her life all over again.

Helen-FieldingSome critics of this book have said that it is disappointing that Bridget has not evolved as a character and have accused her of having the same old problems and saying that her life is still a mess. Actually the further through the book you get the more admiration you have for Bridget and how well she is managing to juggle  a new relationship, writing a screenplay, raising two children and still having time to devote to her friends.

Bridget Jones is a modern woman, though she does not believe that she is one. This book looks realistically at the challenges for women of all ages today. It does not matter if you’re 20, 50, or 75, there is something in here that you can relate to, regardless of gender or marital status.

This book is funny and can stir powerful emotions. The good old Bridget that we all know so well is in many ways her same old self but the addition of her children, Billy and Mabel, into the mix brings the book up to a whole new level.

I don’t really know why Fielding decided to write this story and why she felt it necessary to undo Bridget’s happy ending but I’m also incredibly glad that I read Mad About The Boy. It is a far deeper and more pleasing book than critics have given it credit for and it is worth making your own mind up about it.

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One response to “Don’t Dismiss Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy Until You’ve Read It

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