Author: Helen Fielding
Published: 2013 by Random House
Read: November 2013
Categories: Fiction, contemporary, humour
Why it made it to the top of the pile: A very rainy weekend away in a caravan demanded some lighthearted reading, and it was a safe bet Bridget probably wasn't having more fun than I was.
Trivia Tidbit: <Spoiler Alert> Helen Fielding reportedly called Colin Firth, who played Mark Darcy in the film version of the first two novels, to tell Colin that he (Mark) had died in the time between the second and third volumes.
Full Disclosure: Purchased (Kindle)
The novel follows a year in Bridget's life where she tries to get her life back in shape. She has spent a few years missing Mark and focusing on her children, but with the encouragement of her friends she looks to re-enter the dating scene. Enter 'Roxster', her thirty-year-old toyboy, met via Twitter (of course). Bridget embraces new technology and social media, but it doesn't always love her back. She is good-hearted and self-deprecating throughout, and even as the story edges toward its (rather predictable) conclusion, as a reader you find yourself cheering her on.
Some of the reviews of Mad About the Boy have been quite negative, but I wonder whether some reviewers have forgotten the original Bridget Jones' Diary in the seventeen years since it was published (and the twelve years since the movie was released). The books were never high art, and while loosely based on the story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, they never presumed to compete on a literary basis. Mad About the Boy, like Bridget Jones' Diary and The Edge of Reason before it, is a fun, lighthearted read about a woman trying to do her best, failing some of the time, but making the best of it. It doesn't pretend to be anything else, and nor should it.