Saturday, January 4, 2014

#BookReview: Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones #3) by Helen Fielding

On the jacket:

Bridget Jones is back!  Great comic writers are as rare as hen's teeth. And Helen is one of a very select band who have created a character of whom the very thought makes you smile. Bridget Jones' Diary, charting the life of a 30-something singleton in London in the 1990s was a huge international bestseller, published in 40 countries and selling over 15 million copies worldwide. Its sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, published soon after was also a major international bestseller. Both were made into films starring Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.  Set in the present, the new novel will explore a different phase in Bridget's life with an entirely new scenario. As Helen Fielding has said: "If people laugh as much reading it as I am while writing it then we'll all be very happy."


I was totally unprepared for a new Bridget Jones' book and caught unawares. Even before I read it, I got to know that Darcy is no more. That was major heartbreak and I had promptly decided, I won't read this book. But, then curiosity took over - how did Fielding frame the story without Darcy in it? How? So, I picked up the book to read.

Sorry, Darcy cannot die. Without Darcy, Bridget and his life is boring. Darcy was not supposed to die. Bridget is still the same - confused, and clueless, even though now she is in her 50s. She misses her husband and in a few pages, we get the feeling of nostalgia. But apart from that, it's the same old Bridget, no Darcy though. 

Bridget is far from perfect, and we all fell in love with her, a heart tucked in our hearts, when she had a happily-ever-after with Darcy. But this third book is disappointing, coz .. no Darcy. This part was actually not required, the author could have begin with a new series. 

I apologize if you aren't that great a Darcy fan, and actually read the series, only for Bridget. I won't belittle the author's skills as a writer, coz she has most certainly spun a nice story. Yes, the story was always Bridget's, you may say. Though, if like me, you fell in love with Darcy and the fond remembrance with Austen's Pride & Prejudice as well, you might be a tad bit disappointed.

Rating: ***/5

[This review is for Random House India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]

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