Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy

Mad About the Boy

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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Laura
I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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