Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy Summary

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Bridget Jones—one of the most beloved characters in modern literature (v.g.)—is back! In Helen Fielding's wildly funny, hotly anticipated new novel, Bridget faces a few rather pressing questions:   

What do you do when your girlfriend’s sixtieth birthday party is the same day as your boyfriend’s thirtieth?

Is it better to die of Botox or die of loneliness because you’re so wrinkly?

Is it wrong to lie about your age when online dating?

Is it morally wrong to have a blow-dry when one of your children has head lice?

Is it normal to be too vain to put on your reading glasses when checking your toy boy for head lice?

Does the Dalai Lama actually tweet or is it his assistant?

Is it normal to get fewer followers the more you tweet?

Is technology now the fifth element? Or is that wood?

If you put lip plumper on your hands do you get plump hands?

Is sleeping with someone after two dates and six weeks of texting the same as getting married after two meetings and six months of letter writing in Jane Austen’s day?

Pondering these and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of loss, single motherhood, tweeting, texting, technology, and rediscovering her sexuality in—Warning! Bad, outdated phrase approaching!—middle age.

In a triumphant return after fourteen years of silence, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is timely, tender, touching, page-turning, witty, wise, outrageous, and bloody hilarious.

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Book Reviews


So V. Disappointing1 star

Thank God they never made a movie of this one. Re-reading the whole Bridget Jones series, but forgot how truly disappointing this volume is. Very slow, tedious, utterly unbelievable and a struggle to stay interested in the story.15


Not quite the same3 star

It was with high enthusiasm that I bought the book as I had enjoyed the previous ones and the title was very enticing. But I must admit I had a hard time to get into it. I felt bored at times with the whole Roxter story. But I desperately wanted to know how it would end so I kept reading and in the last 200 pages read it fast. By the way the Part Four is written Part One in the pages so needs to be corrected. I knew I was long gone from Part One ! 😳😄. Still this is our Bridget and I still love her !35


Loved it!4 star

Mad About The Boy, had me laughing and crying throughout the book! Definitely a great read!45

Millie Calderon

Bridget Jones Mad about the Boy1 star

Disappointing! I'm a fifty year old woman but could not relate to the character. I did in the previous books, it took a lot of strength for me to finish reading the book. Bridget was so in mature and foolish all together15

PN Junkie

Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy5 star

Unrealistic and predictable but still entertaining.55


Mad about the boy5 star

Great book, unbelievably entertaining. I laughed a lot, and cried a little.55


Very satisfying4 star

Bridget Jones was such a part of my early middle adulthood, I was a little bereft at not having another installment. Mad About the Boy was a perfect trajectory for our heroine. Traveling in the same life phases as Jonesy, I really felt for her, at times tearing up with her in the tome. It's the right progression IMHO and a very satisfying read.45


My old friend is back!4 star

I loved this book! If you loved Bridget in the first two books I don't know how you could resist this one! She's older now, life has changed, so it may not be exactly what you are expecting, but it's her voice- and I for one am glad to hear it again!45

G Leary

Loved it5 star

What I love about Bridget is that she is perfectly imperfect. It is what makes her so easy to relate to. This book had me laughing. It has me crying - I hope Bridget comes back again!55


Mad about the boy5 star

Quirky and funny just like the originals- but I liked it even better due to Bridget's many trials and errors with her children. A warming lesson in humanity- even if people make mistakes, as long as their hearts are in the right place, we should always forgive them. I would love to have a friend like her!55

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