Book Review: Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones’s Diary
by Helen Fielding

Publication date: November 16th 2014
Publisher: Picador (first published March 17th 1995)
Pages: 310


Summary:

Meet Bridget Jones—a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could:

a. lose 7 pounds
b. stop smoking
c. develop Inner Poise

“123 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier? Repulsive, horrifying notion), alcohol units 4 (excellent), cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow), number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)…”

Bridget Jones’s Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget’s permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.

Source: Goodreads


Thoughts:

Did I enjoy this because of the film or did I really like the book? I’m not really sure and it’s hard to tell, but either way, Bridget Jones is a lovable character, finding humour in even the most tragic situations.

“Oh God, what’s wrong with me? Why does nothing ever work out?” 

When we first meet Bridget it’s New Year’s Day and she’s set herself a number of resolutions that she’s determined to stick to. Of course, that’s easier said than done for the best of us. If Bridget’s not obsessing over her weight, she’s out buying scratch cards, smoking endless packets of cigarettes and drinking away her sorrows, desperately trying to improve herself.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going okay, another falls spectacularly to pieces.”

And because of all of this, Bridget’s diary is so relatable. She’s a normal woman who over-eats, dates awful men and feels pressured into inviting people she doesn’t really like to her dinner parties. Being in her mid-30s, her parents are desperate to see her happily settled down and take every opportunity to question her love life and try to set her up with eligible men.

This book is light-hearted and I see from some of the reviews on
Goodreads that several people are criticizing it for this, but why take life so seriously? Bridget is adorable, British, witty and good-natured and her diary is a fine piece of heart-warming chick-lit.

Overall rating: Bridget Jones’s Diary was an easy four star read for me. It’s certainly not the best book ever written, but it’s fun, British and so relatable. Who hasn’t had body insecurities, faced a stinking hangover or felt the judgement of others? I’d recommend this book for fans of the film – read it and fall in love with Bridget all over again!

Thanks to @catherinemarshall8 for lending me this copy!


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