Mad About the Boy by Helen Fielding

Mad About the Boy book coverFirst Impressions
I suspected when I picked up Mad About the Boy, just as with the previous Bridget Jones novels, I would be in for a treat full of chaotic experiences and random Jonesey thoughts.  I was definitely correct in that assumption.  Bridget’s diary entries begins with one of her famous lists, that she rarely ends up following.  Yes, Bridget Jones inner dialogue supports her character’s tendency to obsess about every little thing, which more often than not ends up turning into outer humiliation.  I knew this book would leave me in tears of laughter.

Drive-By Summary
A spoiler was released regarding the love of Bridget’s life, Mark Darcy.  In case you have not yet been spoiled, I will just say she and Mark are not together in this novel.  From the very beginning, it’s obvious Bridget is a single parent raising two children, Billy and Mabel.  Many of the humorous hijinks involve her children.  From nits, to Xboxes, to clothing covered in chocolate, to the perfect nanny, this story will have you rolling on the floor laughing.  Bridget is now in her fifties, trying to navigate her way through the current trends in dating; including texting, tweeting, and dating websites.  We can’t help but feel Bridget’s insecurities as if they were our own.  We want to cry over her bad luck, and yet laugh over the absurdity of it all.  Bridget wears her heart on her sleeve for all to take, and we gladly accept it, giving her ours in return.

My Favorite Character
I love Bridget Jones.  That’s more often than not a given, considering she’s the main character, however, my favorite secondary character is Mr. Wallaker.  He has such wit underneath that business like exterior.  He’s actually quite down to earth, although Bridget doesn’t see him that way.  Of course, Bridget has never been the best at reading people.  With Bridget’s sweet, yet tough inner core, and Mr. Wallaker stuffy, yet humorous outlook, make for excellent characters.

Words to Live By
Bridget Jones: “…I was FRIGHTENED of you because you were perfect, because it made me feel so not perfect.”

Chloe: “But, I always think YOU’RE perfect!”

This just goes to show that we are all equally perfect and not perfect.  One person’s perfect, is another person’s imperfect.

Recommended For
Even though those of the male gender can enjoy this, it is definitely more relatable to women.  Especially those who are single parents, though I’m not, and found it just as relatable.  So, I suppose anyone who finds humor in everyday life, even in things that we don’t laugh at now, but later.

Final Say
Life is full of seemingly random, insignificant moments that often turn out to be rather important down the line.  They can be sad or just outright hilarious.  Mad About the Boy, magnifies these little moments into a big beautiful picture.  So, pick up a pair of bifocals, and experience life through the eyes of Bridget Jones; it’s a journey not to be missed.

You can find Mad About the Boy at the Bellingham Public Library.

— Laura

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