Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
Bridget Jones #1
Published 2010 by Penguin Group (Penguin Ink edition) (Originally published in 1996)
Summary: Meet Bridget Jones—a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could:
a. lose 7 pounds
b. stop smoking
c. develop Inner Poise
“123 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier? Repulsive, horrifying notion), alcohol units 4 (excellent), cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow), number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)…”
Bridget Jones’ Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget’s permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.
Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 72 pounds but gains a total of 74. She remains, however, optimistic. Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and — like millions of readers the world round — you’ll find yourself shouting, “Bridget Jones is me!”
Review: The summary on goodreads could not be anymore apt – Bridget Jones is me. I’m so late to the party – I’ve never read Bridget Jones, neither have I ever seen the movie. I’ve never been inclined to pick this up, thinking I’d never be able to relate to a woman in her 30s as a teenager but how silly I must have been to pass this book up.
Bridget Jones is a career woman, and a singleton. She drinks, she smokes and she’s one of those girls always on a diet and constantly calculating her calorie intake. Bridget is always pressured by her parents and those around her for being single and as her mother says, “tick tock, tick tock”.
I absolutely loved Bridget’s diary. It is funny, whacky and dramatic – but at the same time, very relatable. The diary format was simple and allowed us to get inside her mind and understand her better as a character and the relationships she forms with her friends, family and peers.
Bridget’s diary is so engaging, from her family drama to finding her true love to her silly friends’ antics. I loved Bridget’s friendship with Tom which was very endearing to read about. I also loved Mark Darcy – I fancy myself one too!
Bridget marches to the beat of her drum, which makes her so lovable. If you’re like me and have yet to get into her head, I highly recommend you do so (what with the latest hoo-ha and a half about the latest installment to the series).
Absolutely hilarious and fantastic!