This was a cute and quirky, funny little read, just perfect after finishing The Edge of Reason as I just did. It's Bridget's form of a mini self help book, imparting all the wisdom she's gleaned in her adventures, such as cooking tips, dating advice, etc. Her methods, though delusional, are true-to-form Bridget. :)
super funny! if you loved the first two...you'll really enjoy this one. need not have read the first to enjoy this book.
A brief (64 pages) how-to manual from the notoriously inept singleton. To wit: In her chapter on homemaking (titled "The Fragrant Home"), Bridget gives her reader advice on the atmospheric charm of a cozy fire. "The key words here are 'in the grate.'" As to food, she largely confines herself to finding a piece of old cheese in the fridge and cutting off the moldy bits. She does, however, get in one really useful suggestion when she explains how to play the parlor game Shag, Marry or Push off a Cliff. The rules? "Each of the players suggests three names.... The person on the player's right must then decide, if they absolutely had to shag one of them, marry another, and push another off a cliff, which it would be. It is usually best to pick three which are similar in some way." Examples: Russell Crowe, Mr. Darcy, Hugh Grant. Or, Muammar al-Qaddafi, Ayatollah Khomeini, Idi Amin. The author then adds a caveat of typically Jonesian sensitivity: "It doesn't matter if any of them are dead as it is only a game."
A slim (64-page) self-help trade paperback written as if by Bridget Jones (Helen Fielding's most famous character). Below, my favorite passage. (This takes up an entire page, and it's one of the wordiest.)
These can be tremendous fun at social occasions when conversation is in danger of drying up, or if guests need distracting from the food. Here is one of my favorites!!
Shag, marry or push off a cliff
In turn, each of the players suggests three names, e.g. Jeffrey Archer, Mohammed Al Fayed, Jonathon Aitken. The person on the player's right must then decide, if they absolutely had to shag one of them, marry another, and push another off a cliff, which it would be.
It is usually best to pick three which are similar in some way.
-- Russell Crowe, Mr. Darcy, Hugh Grant
-- Colonel Gaddafi, the Ayatollah Khomeini, Idi Amin
-- Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Al Gore
-- Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Sting
It doesn't matter if any of them are dead as it is only a game. This is also tremendous fun with lists of real people whom one knows. (Though this can be a little cruel. And should never be played with lists of people who are actually in the room.)
A great book. Very short though!
I was not impressed with this book at all. Very few pages and honestly none of it was funny just stupid. Very disappointed.
This book is cute. It's easy to read, and is like a "best of" of the first two novels.
This book doesn't have much to it at 64 pages but it is a cute and funny guide to life the Bridget Jones way!
If you enjoyed the Bridget Jones series by Helen Fielding, you will get a kick out of this further glimpse into the world of Singleton.
(From the back cover)
In this elegant and practical handbook, Bridget Jones - the intrepid thirty-something Singleton on a permanent but doomed quest for self-improvement - offers a road to perfection in the fields of cooking, streamlined inner thighs and poise, spiritual and romantic nirvana, accounting, and understanding of Feng Shui, what men think they might feel they want, and creating a fragrant home. She's read the self-help books - all of them. and committed most of them to memory. Now Bridget breaks out on her own to give readers the benefit - benefit? -of her rich experience.