Book Review: Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

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Up until now, I’ve only ever seen the movie. I know: gasp, shock, horror! I watched it for the first time in my teens, and then mistakenly bought the second book in the series when I decided I wanted to read it. I read “The Edge of Reason” first, and have read it several times since, so I knew that, going into it, I’d love “Bridget Jones’s Diary”. Fielding creates wonderful characters who are so painfully realistic that it can be frustrating at times. Bridget is just as ridiculous as I expected her to be, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I know some people dislike the format used–a diary to record one’s every thought seems archaic now. However, I think modern readers just need to suspend their disbelief and get over it. It’s quite easy to fall into the fantasy of it all, because Fielding weaves such wonderful characters. The plot isn’t anything too outrageous, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. There was so much more to the book than the movie, and it stands true what they always say: read the book first.

I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a laugh or a pick-me-up after a bad day. Actually, I’d recommend it to anyone, period.

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