BRIDGET JONES: MAD ABOUT THE BOY By Helen Fielding
I wanted to intensely dislike this book because Helen Fielding had the nerve to kill off Colin Firth, sorry, Mark Darcy. So I write with a heavy heart and with all honesty, in some ways, I really liked it.
Bridget is still Bridget although she’s a 50+ widow with children. She still says wrong things and gets herself into daft situations. A Single, looking for love and falling into problems, mostly of her own making.
The simple lesson of this book, there is no Happily Ever After. It’s smiles, mistakes, laughter, hardship, loss, discovery, agony, ecstasy, hope, blunders, pain, joy, sometimes all in the same day. Fielding wants to assure us there are no Happy Endings because life is life, until it isn’t.
As good as Bridget Jones’s Diary? Definitely not. I doubt anything could be. It was unique, exceptional, a breath of fresh air and so funny your insides hurt. Bridget Jones Edge of Reason didn’t live up to it and I didn’t think this could.
Bridget standing in the snow wrapped in Darcy’s coat. Some things should be left alone.
I highly doubt they’ll make a movie of this. I think most fans will feel betrayed that Darcy has died and Bridget moved on, but in fact, what are her options?
Is this worth the read, yes. Would I have rather believed there was a Happily Ever After for Bridget and Darcy? Yes.