Book Title: Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy
Author: Helen Fielding
Date of Publication: 2013
Genre: Comedy Novel
Can you imagine being a widow, a fifty-something-year-old single mother, have an ex f**kwit boyfriend as your children’s godfather, and a back up babysitter (excuse my French); having sex with a toy boy who you’ve seen for a few weeks, a mother trying to hook you up with a horny pensioner and feeling humiliated by your children’s P.E teacher? Well, that’s the life of our favourite British character – Bridget Jones – sixteen years after the events of Edge of Reason.
So, what’s the story? Bridget Jones is facing a mid-life, tragic crisis. SPOILER ALERT (YOU’VE BEEN WARNED) It’s been four years since the unexpected death of Mark Darcy and Bridget is struggling to maintain her life, looking after her two children, William (or “Billy”, as he’s known), aged seven and Mabel, aged four. She’s given up on romance, planning to put her family first. When she hands the children over to the nanny, Chloe, Bridget sorrows over Mark. However, her life is about to change when Bridget’s friends, Tom, Jude and new friend, Talitha propose ideas for Bridget to get laid; by doing so, she will never no longer be a “Born Again Virgin”. From there, Bridget goes to a diet clinic, goes into mishaps, and bumping into P.E. Teacher Mr Wallaker; attempting to write a screenplay, joining Twitter, and through there, meeting and dating a boy – twenty to thirty years her junior. What mishaps will Bridget get into next and will she ever be happy again?
If you are a frequent follower, you will know that I’m a huge fan of the Bridget Jones films and compare her life to mine. But my biggest shame is that I have never, ever read any of the books (I wonder if Helen Fielding will tell off for this). So, I decided to go backwards and start reading Mad About the Boy. Properly naughty of me, but I’ve seen the two films – I may go back to the books and compare them between the films.
Oh, how times have changed…
And, I adored reading Mad About the Boy. I place this in my Top 20 Best Books I’ve Ever Read (even though I’ve haven’t made a list of my own – yet). Helen Fielding’s latest novel is, in my opinion, a masterpiece in it’s own right. Never, for one second, I got bored and wanted to place it back on the shelf; it was just specular, like a jewel in a crown.
I really like the storyline; there were times when I laughed out loud, wolf-whistled and growled, as if I was reading a screenplay or I was playing a relative of Bridget’s, reading her diary while uncovering her positions in her attic. It was pretty clever, entertaining and charming. The humour was so easy to follow; I couldn’t stop laughing for a minute or two. I can honestly say that Helen Fielding is the Queen of British Literature. I applaud her, with all the strength that my hands can clap; a job well done.
I love Bridget in the novel; I admired her character, and enthusiasm to adapt her screenplay, her efforts to help her children and be a good girlfriend for Roxster. And her mistakes are more hilarious than ever – especially when Bridget has to deal problems with head lice, spreading around her children, friends and Roxster.
Also, I was really touched by Bridget’s struggles including her obsession with the loss of Mark and her battle through depression. I nearly cried, throughout these chapters: from her failure as a single mother to her fear of ever being loved again. These are the feelings we all go through – whether we are divorced, widowed, single, old or young.
There were also really touching moments about Bridget and her children, when they were talking about Mark. In one chapter, Billy, and Mabel made Father’s Day cards at school and wanted to address them to him. So when Bridget showed them pictures of Mark, she agreed to put them, on top of his grave. I was almost in tears, feeling the loss of these three – mother and her children – who still deeply miss their father/husband. I’m no mother, but I know what it’s like to lose someone close to your heart and Helen Fielding describes these situations very well. :’)
In conclusion, I highly, desperately recommend reading Mad About the Boy. It is a marvel; better than a magazine, or The Princess Diaries. It is a fascinating read (especially if you are a Bridget Jones fan) and you won’t be disappointed. Have you get the chance, buy it, or order it from the library and read it today! Or tomorrow, if it’s late in the day for you. It’ll be the best read of your half-lives. 🙂