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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 text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Awkward moments showed how real Bridget was.
Recommend to all those who think less of themselves. This could lift up their spirits.
Loved it! Fan of the book and the movie....guaranteed to lift your mood and made you LOL,!Published 17 days ago by K. Graham
I'm giving this 3 stars because the writing was perfect, getting everything right from humor to the different personalities in the novel. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Sally Balboa
I loved this the first time I read it, so I decided to revisit this novel. Perhaps it's overexposure, or perhaps the plot has not aged well into the 21st century, but Bridget... Read morePublished 1 month ago by kwaples
Laughed so hard I cried. Love how it's so different from the movie. Already partway into the following book.Published 1 month ago by Paige Schnabel
I had last read this book over 14 years ago. I'm so happy I decided to pick it up again. Honestly it is funnier than I remember. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Caldwell
Enjoyable reading, well written, page-turner, quick witted, good character development. I actually laughed out loud a few times at the humorous happenings.Published 2 months ago by Shar