Thursday, April 9, 2015

Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones is back! And this time with a “toy boy” young enough to be her son. Set fourteen years after the events in Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, we find Bridget widowed with two small children to raise. After five years of mourning the untimely death of Mark Darcy, Bridget has decided, through the prodding of her friends, that it is time to date again. Now she must find a way to balance dating, raising her children, and writing her screenplay. Yes, a screenplay; and no, we are not privy to the events which led up to Bridget Jones - Screenwriter.

In some ways Bridget has not changed much, remaining very much a functioning mess, as
she is still just as concerned about her weight, appearance, and relationship status. However, she does have moments when she realizes that she has two little lives depending on her, yet she still has a hard time letting go of her old self.

There are many new characters joining in Bridget’s new adventures, as well as some of our old favorites, or maybe not so favorites. Of course I am referring here to Daniel Cleaver, who still has a place in Bridget’s life, but one that I think we can all approve of.

While I’m not a fan of the gaping hole left in my heart by the death of Mark Darcy, and maybe wish the author had just left things as they were fourteen years ago, I did like catching up with Bridget after all these years. It was nice to see that her life could go on after tragedy, and that she could, once more, get her happy ending.

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