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Bridget Jones's Diary
Bridget Jones's Diary
Author: Helen Fielding
Thirtysomething and single, Bridget Jones undertakes an hilarious search for self-improvement, including a responsible relationship with an adult male. The reader will sigh, cry, and laugh out loud.
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ISBN-13: 9780140280098
ISBN-10: 014028009X
Publication Date: 5/24/1999
Pages: 271
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 715 ratings
Publisher: Penguin Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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CheriePie avatar reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 149 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 8
I really enjoyed this book. Having seen the movie first, which is one of my favorites by the way, I found a number of differences, mostly just things that made the action happen faster, but some scenes were added even to the movie, such as the fight between Daniel and Mark. Unlike the movie, Bridget wasn't under the impression that Mark stole Daniel's fiance as happened in the movie. I was trying to figure out why this difference, but I guess it made a strong case for the dislike between the two guys very obvious. So even though the movie wasn't true to the book on a few issues, and there were some scenes in the movie that never occurred in the book, I still like them both equally. Besides, seeing the movie first, and picturing Hugh Grant (YUMMY!) in my mind whenever there was talk of Daniel, well I kinda liked that.

As I was reading, I found myself continually pointing out all the things Bridget was doing wrong with regards to dieting, time management, and so on... all the things she kept saying she was going to work on. For instance, she'd often count calories without any consideration for the food content itself. She's very disorganized and though the author claims that the reader will often think they see themselves in Bridget, I didn't find this to be the case at all with me. Instead, I found myself thinking of her as an unenlightened soul, whom as a friend, I wanted desperately to help to set her on the right path by pointing out to her all the little things she's doing wrong. LOL

This book was a very quick read. I got it read pretty much over a long weekend, even though we had friends from out of town staying at our house. It was just that easy to read in bed and not want to put down. :) I'm looking forward to the 2nd book in this series, which I should have soon.
reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 25 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Well written story with wry humor. The book is MUCH better than the movie.
CozyLover avatar reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 335 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Having never seen the movie I thought I would enjoy the book, but couldn't get into it at all. I kept hoping for it to get better, for Bridget to stop wallowing in alcohol, low self esteem and food, to GET A LIFE! But she never did. The whole thing left me feeling rather flat.
reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 193 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Such a funny story. I read the book long before the movie came out. The movie didn't do it justice.
bookchica avatar reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
I didn't like this book as much as I liked its sequel. I thought it was a little choppy and I got really tired of hearing how fat Bridget thinks she is when in actuality she is not fat at all. It is laugh out loud funny in places and is worth a read.
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reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 39 more book reviews
Hilarious look at life of "singleton" in Britain. Echoing "Pride and Prejudice" in a modern way, it is a very enjoyable read.
DameEdna avatar reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 149 more book reviews
Funny, ingenuous - makes you really like Bridget, despite her shortcoming. A really fun read.
reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 74 more book reviews
A glimpse inside of Bridget's head is always a treat.
freeverse071681 avatar reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 609 more book reviews
In the course of the year recorded in Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget confides her hopes, her dreams, and her monstrously fluctuating poundage, not to mention her consumption of 5277 cigarettes and "Fat units 3457 (approx.) (hideous in every way)." In 365 days, she gains 74 pounds. On the other hand, she loses 72! There is also the unspoken New Year's resolution--the quest for the right man. Alas, here Bridget goes severely off course when she has an affair with her charming cad of a boss. But who would be without their e-mail flirtation focused on a short black skirt? The boss even contends that it is so short as to be nonexistent.
At the beginning of Helen Fielding's exceptionally funny second novel, the thirtyish publishing puffette is suffering from postholiday stress syndrome but determined to find Inner Peace and poise. Bridget will, for instance, "get up straight away when wake up in mornings." Now if only she can survive the party her mother has tricked her into--a suburban fest full of "Smug Marrieds" professing concern for her and her fellow "Singletons"--she'll have made a good start. As far as she's concerned, "We wouldn't rush up to them and roar, 'How's your marriage going? Still having sex?'"

This is only the first of many disgraces Bridget will suffer in her year of performance anxiety (at work and at play, though less often in bed) and living through other people's "emotional fuckwittage." Her twin-set-wearing suburban mother, for instance, suddenly becomes a chat-show hostess and unrepentant adulteress, while our heroine herself spends half the time overdosing on Chardonnay and feeling like "a tragic freak." Bridget Jones's Diary began as a column in the London Independent and struck a chord with readers of all sexes and sizes. In strokes simultaneously broad and subtle, Helen Fielding reveals the lighter side of despair, self-doubt, and obsession, and also satirizes everything from self-help books (they don't sound half as sensible to Bridget when she's sober) to feng shui, Cosmopolitan-style. She is the Nancy Mitford of the 1990s, and it's impossible not to root for her endearing heroine. On the other hand, one can only hope that Bridget will continue to screw up and tell us all about it for years and books to come.
reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 19 more book reviews
Very entertaining. Not what I expected from the movie.
portabellopig avatar reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 39 more book reviews
I've never seen the movie version of this, so I was really looking forward to enjoying the book. Jones is such a chaotic, immature thirtysomething that I had a really hard time feeling sympathy or joy for her various situations, and her mother is insufferable; it felt more like reading a psychological profile than an enjoyable piece of fiction. Two stars for clear writing and a few chuckles, but overall I wouldn't recommend.
starknits avatar reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 15 more book reviews
This book was better than the movie. I really enjoyed reading the "diary" though it did take a little getting used to. Parts were quite hilarious and at other times you cringed with Bridget.
pommesdeterre8 avatar reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on
I love books in diary form. Read this a while ago. Very funny.
crisislady avatar reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 15 more book reviews
This is over 15 years old, but still enjoyed reading it very much. Helen Fielding writes with such wit. With a daughter who didn't get married until she was 40 (wedding was this summer), it was a very poignant story about what it is like to be in your 30's and single. Now that she is happily married, I am recommending that she read it.
reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 48 more book reviews
Super cute and witty! A fun read to remind women we are all a little dysfunctional!
reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 2 more book reviews
Never laughed so hard while reading a book before!
reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 18 more book reviews
I loved this book. From the New Years resolutions that get broken, the daily weigh-ins, the cigarette counts and all the other wacky things that happen to Bridget Jones in a year. It was a very funny, light read. The only thing that had me wondering is how can 130 pounds be considered fat?
reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 2 more book reviews
This book is an easy and light hearted read. It will definitely make you laugh.
themissiah avatar reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 8 more book reviews
Very funny read. I've read both Bridget Jones books and seen the movies. All are great and hilarious. It's also a very easy and quick read.
reviewed Bridget Jones's Diary on + 10 more book reviews
A fun look at the life of an thirtyish single English woman.

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