Our Rating: 3 out of 5.
Bridget Jones is now in her fifties. She’s a widow and a single mother of Billy and Mabel. She’s trying to juggle family life with a toy boy and a job as a screenwriter with the same humour and grace as she’s done in previous novels.
OK, let’s get this out of the way. I wasn’t happy when I found out about Mark Darcy’s absence in this book. He was part of what made Bridget Jones’s Diary so great for me. Due to his absence, I had a mixture of excitement and nerves before reading as I didn’t want this addition to ruin the others in the series for me.
However, once I started to read it, it was evident that Mark couldn’t be in this book. If it were just a case of them being separated or divorced, it would be all about them getting back together and for me, that’s too much like the first two books and therefore, it would have been something we’d definitely seen before and it would have been repetitious and boring. Something had to drastically change in Bridget’s life for there to be a story.
There was maybe not as much humour in this book than there was in the first two books but there were still some ‘laugh out loud’ moments as well as some sad parts too. The kids were adorable characters and it was great to see the return of Tom and Jude ( although not enough of Magda and Shaz for my liking.)
It was good to know that Bridget hadn’t changed too much since we last saw her but enough to keep my interest. It was nice to see her deal with things in the same neurotic way. It was like revisiting an old friend and this was mainly why I liked it. I did always want to know what was next in Bridget’s story.
This book is like marmite though I think. You’re either going to like it or hate it.
(Bridget Jones: Mad about the Boy – published by Jonathan Cape, October 2013.)
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