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Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy Hardcover – Deckle Edge, October 15, 2013

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Book 3 of 3 in the Bridget Jones Series

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It’s been 15 years since readers first met the charmingly insecure Bridget Jones, and 13 since her last adventure in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2000). Bridget is now 51, and, most readers will be chagrined to learn, a widow. She is also raising the two children she had with the now deceased Mark Darcy and gingerly wading back into the dating pool while working on a screenplay. When she joins Twitter, she obsesses about the number of Twitter followers she has the same way she used to agonize over her weight, which does remains a concern. Bridget begins a Twitter flirtation with a sexy guy named Roxster, who turns out to be only 29. Most of the novel is devoted to the ups and downs of their ensuing relationship. It is fun to revisit Bridget and all her neuroses, but the novel is at its best when Fielding focuses on the challenges Bridget faces as a single parent, including her love/hate relationship with one of her son’s teachers, rather than on the somewhat unrealistic May-December romance.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The longed-for return of Bridget Jones is supported by a hefty print-run (250,000), a first serial in Vogue, and a major author tour. --Kristine Huntley


Praise for Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

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Mad About the Boy is not only sharp and humorous, despite its heroine’s aged circumstances, but also snappily written, observationally astute and at times genuinely moving. Fielding has somehow pulled off the neat trick of holding to her initial premise – single woman looks for romance – while allowing her heroine to grow up into someone funnier and more interesting that she was before. Who knew middle age could be so eventful? . . . Fielding beautifully conveys the constant seesaw of emotions a parent feels toward the young and demanding: one minute overwhelming love, the next minute overwhelming desire to lock oneself in the bathroom with a bottle of gin . . . We get some good long narration, but large chunks of the book come in diary form, introduced by select statistics of the day, hilariously expanded to reflect grown-up Bridget’s concerns…. Its big heart, incisive observations and zippy pace . . . make the prospect of middle age not so bad at all. It is possible I cried a little at the end, but then, as Bridget might say: am sucker for happy endings.”
—Sarah Lyall, The New York Times Book Review
“With Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding created a new female archetype. Now she’s brought Bridget back to conquer the 21st century. (Rule No. 1: No texting while drunk) . . . Texting and Twitter play an outsize role in the new novel, which finds Bridget solo-parenting two young children and seeking romance after a decade under Mark Darcy’s chivalric guard . . . The diary form itself pays homage to Austen, lifting Fielding’s work above many pale imitations. Austen’s heroines aren’t writers, but Fielding’s is . . . Austen’s plots are marriage plots, and ultimately so are Bridget’s. But Fielding’s novels (like Austen’s, and like Sex and the City and Girls) also revolve around friendship—something at which Bridget excels. Nor is the character’s staying power an accident. Fielding . . . is still very much a writer. ”
–Radhika Jones, Time
“She's back! Our favorite hapless heroine returns after a decade-plus hiatus, juggling two kids, potential boyfriends, smug marrieds, rogue gadgets, and her nascent Twitter feed.”

“Fielding’s comic gifts—and, just as important, her almost anthropological ability to nose out all that is trendy and potentially crazy making about contemporary culture, from Twitter (“OMG, Lady Gaga has 33 million followers! Complete meltdown. Why am I even bothering? Twitter is giant popularity contest which I am doomed to be the worst at”) to online dating—are once again on shimmering exhibit. And Bridget, although now a fiftyish single mother who has to deal with putting her two young children, Billy and Mabel, to bed, along with treating their hair for nits, cleaning up vomit, and attending Sports Day school picnics, is still recognizably her ditzy but ultimately unfazable self . . . Bridget is so specific a character that it’s hard to believe that she’s been invented from whole cloth . . . [Has] the sort of narrative propulsion that is rare in autobiographically conceived fiction, not to mention an unsolipsistic worldview (for all of Bridget’s fussing over herself) that invites broad reader identification.”
—Daphne Merkin, Elle
 “Bridget’s back!  And as irrepressible as ever . . . Yes, Bridget has changed her dismal (Born-Again Virgin) status via the scary world of online dating, and she’s in turmoil.  Repentant after masses of sex and drunken Twitter over-sharing, she comforts herself with grated mozzarella, her adorable, vomit-prone children and cockeyed attempts at self-improvement . . . sweet, clever and funny.  Yay Bridget!”
—Helen Rogan, People

“Mark has been gone five years. Children have nits. Mother still difficult. Jude still tormenting Vile Richard. Daniel Cleaver is children’s godfather . . . Good fun, like gathering with friends.” 
Seattle Times
“Tender and comic.”
The New Yorker
“Fielding manages to both move and delight the reader time after time . . . Hilarious.”
New York Journal of Books

 “Plenty has changed for everyone’s favorite London singleton since her v. funny diary first charmed the world in 1998. In Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Bridget’s a widow with two kids, a Twitter account and a ‘toy boy’– but she’s still adorably clueless.”
“Three years before ‘Sex and the City’ staked its claim to the smart-sassy-single stereotype, Helen Fielding created Bridget Jones, a vessel for educated, urban thirtysomethings’ secret fears about cellulite and dying alone and the probable correlation between the two. Nearly 20 years later, in Fielding's latest, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, a 50-year-old Bridget is looking for love again . . . This time around, though, instead of dialing 1471 to see who's called while she was in the shower, she's refreshing her Twitter at-replies . . . Delightful . . . Bridget Jones was a character made for the Internet, from her confessional tone to her casual creation of memes.”
—Ann Friedman, Los Angeles Times
“Hearing Bridget dissect wardrobe choices (’a brand chillingly called Not Your Daughter's Jeans'), parenthood (’Why can't everyone just F---ING SHUT UP AND LET ME READ THE PAPERS'), and exercise (‘Usually love Zumba...stomping angrily like horses, transporting one into a world of Barcelona or possibly Basque-coast nightclubs, and fire-lit gypsy encampments of undetermined national extraction') feels like visiting with your funniest friend.”
—Jessica Shaw, Entertainment Weekly

“She’s back! And even though she’s a fifty-something single mom, she’s still the Bridget Jones we all fell in love with.”
—Jenna Bush Hager, Today 


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Product Details

  • Series: Bridget Jones
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385350864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385350860
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,045 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ryn on October 15, 2013
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I love Bridget Jones, so much so that I got off work early today just to read this novel I have been waiting for. The novel where I hoped Bridget and Mark finally worked out all the kinks and were having a baby, only to have Daniel come in and mess it all up. I mean come on... third times a charm right? I wanted to be shocked by this whole book so I read none of the clues or hints dropped leading up to the release. But I hated this book and I don't use that word lightly. The book starts off talking about people and things COMPLETELY unfamiliar to me and in a way that looks like a vomiting Twitter feed. Once characters are explained I'm left thinking - why the hell so much later in life? Why am I getting invested in these new characters when the old characters are wilting away with little care? We missed all the good stuff? Where it does pick it it stumbles into things unknown again and then the bomb drops... Fielding killed off one of the most beloved, ESSENTIAL characters of the novel. The death was heartfelt and meaningful I understand, but the other books felt me believing in love, no matter how difficult and meddled., but this book felt me thinking "Well I'll lose the love of my life, but I guess I'll have to move on." This book left my heart sad. I understand Bridget is more grown up and a different woman, but I agree with other reviewers, she lost her heart.
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Fielding said Bridget had to be a singleton for this to work. Wrong. Fielding brilliantly navigated the singleton wonders and woes in the previous books. That mine is empty. WHY, oh why, did she feel the need to do a depressing replay of what worked so well two times before?

I don't believe women -- in general -- really want younger men. Hard body, undeveloped mind? Not interesting to me. But the biggest shame, to me, is that Fielding didn't bother to challenge herself to actually move Bridget along -- into the challenges, difficulties and rampant boredoms that lap at the shorelines of any long-term relationship. Killing off a character doesn't make this great literature. It makes this book a great bore.

When the author killed off Mark (supposedly to show us that life doesn't always have happy endings) she killed off the spark that made Bridget's story work. And, does Fielding really think that her readers thought any of Bridget's story was realistic in the first place? I'll read Tolstoy or Edith Wharton if I want to encounter life's inevitable tragedies. I've had lots of heartache and loss in my own life since I first read Bridget's story and I did NOT need her...or Fielding...to show me that life doesn't always work out the way we want.

How much more interesting this book could have been if the author had been willing to consider Bridget and Mark rediscovering each other, or facing some challenge coming from their very different personality styles. Yes. Bridget aged. Well, so have I. And I don't want to read about her being in the very same place she was when I first loved her. It's just ugly, sad, and unfulfilling. She was a modern-day Jane Austen heroine. Now she's a parody of herself starring in a Keystone Cops version of maturity. Bleh. It's an insult to those of us who loved Bridget...and Mark.
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Like most of this long-awaited sequel's audience, I loved the original Bridget Jones books. The fun, funny, foible-filled British heroine's romantic travails were laugh-out-loud, riotous good fun and set a chick lit standard few have, or will likely ever, match. But when we meet Bridget again in MAD ABOUT THE BOY, we find that, despite finally finding true love, before being struck by tragedy, and being blessed by motherhood, she hasn't really changed. At all. And, frankly, at 50+, her antics are more than a little tiresome.

I don't think anyone, including myself, wanted Bridget to turn into an uptight supermom who has it all together, but in MAD ABOUT THE BOY, the single, searching Bridget goes from lovable mess to slovenly, sex-crazed single mom, who seemingly relies on her nanny for the bulk of her child care and, through a quickly explained plot device, is suddenly wealthy enough that she doesn't ever need to work, so thus spends the bulk of her life sending embarrassing texts about farting to boys 20+ years her junior. It's not really amusing. More sad.

And if I never hear another story about lice (nits) again, it will be too soon.

The relationship with her "toy boy," and the endless agonizing over him like a lovesick teen, seemed wildly uninteresting and utterly pointless ... Given how clear it was he was never gonna be her new happy-ever-after. (And, seriously, how ludicrously perfect was he? I kept thinking that particular storyline was developed solely for Ms. Fielding, who also writes is a producer on the movies, to ogle young men she hopes to feature.
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Maybe it's me. Maybe because Bridget and I are about the same age, I could identify with her in my 30s and got a lot of giggles watching her fumble through life. But fumbling through life in your 50s, still obsessing about weight and men and cigarettes? Not so funny. The diary entries are self-indulgent and paranoid and annoying.
Mark is dead. Brige is a widow with two young kids and a much younger lover. And I honestly wonder if, prior to writing this book, Ms. Fielding's people could not secure Colin Firth to play Mark in any future film adaptation and thus she changed the story line. Because, why on EARTH would you kill off Mark? A really wonderful book would have taken up where the last one left off, telling the story of Brige's wedding and marriage to Mark and the arrival of a Darcy heir.
But jumping - what, 12? 14? - years into the future and finding the exact some woman with no insight, no maturity and no self-respect was really disappointing.
I got through about 4 chapters before contacting Amazon for a refund on my kindle purchase. It was THAT bad.
(Also, I dont' why I was able to purchase this book prior to publication date, but I was....)
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