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At the beginning of Helen Fielding's exceptionally funny second novel, the thirtyish publishing puffette is suffering from postholiday stress syndrome but determined to find Inner Peace and poise. Bridget will, for instance, "get up straight away when wake up in mornings." Now if only she can survive the party her mother has tricked her into--a suburban fest full of "Smug Marrieds" professing concern for her and her fellow "Singletons"--she'll have made a good start. As far as she's concerned, "We wouldn't rush up to them and roar, 'How's your marriage going? Still having sex?'"
This is only the first of many disgraces Bridget will suffer in her year of performance anxiety (at work and at play, though less often in bed) and living through other people's "emotional fuckwittage." Her twin-set-wearing suburban mother, for instance, suddenly becomes a chat-show hostess and unrepentant adulteress, while our heroine herself spends half the time overdosing on Chardonnay and feeling like "a tragic freak." Bridget Jones's Diary began as a column in the London Independent and struck a chord with readers of all sexes and sizes. In strokes simultaneously broad and subtle, Helen Fielding reveals the lighter side of despair, self-doubt, and obsession, and also satirizes everything from self-help books (they don't sound half as sensible to Bridget when she's sober) to feng shui, Cosmopolitan-style. She is the Nancy Mitford of the 1990s, and it's impossible not to root for her endearing heroine. On the other hand, one can only hope that Bridget will continue to screw up and tell us all about it for years and books to come. --Kerry Fried
This book has been around for some twenty years and I have only just read it. I admit that I saw the film first and just like many of my male and female friends, I loved it,... Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Sergiu Pobereznic (author)
I absolutely love this book. I've read it 2-3 times over the past 15 years and every time, I laugh out loud. Read morePublished 8 days ago by ShiftythePirate
This book officially falls into the same category for me as Pretty Little Liars: silly fluff that I normally would not read, but for some reason I just cannot put my finger on, it... Read morePublished 27 days ago by The Grand World of Books
Just a cute bit of fluff to pass a few hours with. Not world-changing but entertainment doesn't really have to be, does it?Published 1 month ago by Deana
I will start this review (as if the 5 star rating wasn't enough) with...I really enjoyed this book! Admittedly I read this book after having seen the movie dozens of times but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by GEL
I loved the movie but the book...oh my...my weekend became better than expected. It's been a while since a book made me laugh so hard. Totally enjoyed it and I fully recommend it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrea Varela
It's a light-hearted, fast-paced book with some plot twists using somewhat developed characters.Published 2 months ago by J. P.
I loved the book. so cute how she thinks she knows about the dating world.Published 2 months ago by mon