Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding

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13 Critic Reviews

A huge success in England, this marvelously funny debut novel had its genesis in a column Fielding writes for a London newspaper...In any case, it's hard to imagine a funnier book appearing anywhere this year.
-Publishers Weekly

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The iconic #1 bestseller by Helen Fielding; Bridget Jones is now the inspiration for the September 2016 Working Title film release of Bridget Jones's Baby, starring Renee Zellweger, Colin Firth, Patrick Dempsey and Emma Thompson.  

Bridget Jones's Diary
is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of a thirty-something Singleton on a permanent doomed quest for self-improvement. Caught between the joys of Singleton fun, and the fear of dying alone and being found three weeks later half eaten by an Alsatian; tortured by Smug Married friends asking, "How's your love life?" with lascivious, yet patronizing leers, Bridget 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. With a blend of flighty charm, existential gloom, and endearing self-deprecation, Bridget Jones's Diary has touched a raw nerve with millions of readers the world round. Read it and laugh—before you cry, "Bridget Jones is me!"


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Helen Fielding

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Helen Fielding, a journalist and a novelist, is the author of three previous novels, Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, and Cause Celeb. She also co-wrote the screenplays for the movie of Bridget Jones's Diary and the forthcoming sequel based on Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.
 
Published June 1, 1999 by Penguin Books. 324 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Biographies & Memoirs, Romance. Fiction
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All: 13 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
on May 20 2010

Newspaper columnist Fielding’s first effort, a bestseller in Britain, lives up to the hype: This year in the life of a single woman is closely observed and laugh-out-loud funny...Fielding’s diarist raises prickly insecurities to an art form, turns bad men into good anecdotes...

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jan 09 2016

A huge success in England, this marvelously funny debut novel had its genesis in a column Fielding writes for a London newspaper...In any case, it's hard to imagine a funnier book appearing anywhere this year.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Gerianne Bartlett on Jun 01 2011

Helen Fielding's wonderfully comic novel, Bridget Jones's Diary, is a wonderful example of a "beach read" or a "chick lit" novel. It keeps you entertained, it has great comedic timing, and it doesn't take a lot of brainpower to get through.

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Book Reporter

Below average
Reviewed by JazzCog on Jan 21 2011

As a weekly column, one can see how Bridget Jones captivated a nation. However, in full-length book form, there are too many rough...spots...Regardless, for a first novel, BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY is a very nice "second half" read. But I think a lot of men will not be willing to slog through the first five months to find the more accessible story.

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Entertainment Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Lisa Schwarzbaum on Jun 19 1998

That Fielding, who created Bridget’s world newspaper column by column (the way Armistead Maupin grew Tales of the City), is now a literary sensation in England is hardly surprising. This juicy diary tells the truth with a verve as appealing to men on Mars as it is to Venusian women.

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All About Romance

Excellent
Reviewed by Rebecca Ekmark on Aug 07 2015

Until I read Bridget Jones's Diary, I never thought I would enjoy a book that is in diary form...Admittedly Bridget is not loaded with common sense, but then again, that is one of the many things I like about her. Does she have a happy ending? I'm hoping you get the book to find out (I certainly closed the book with a smile).

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New York Magazine

Above average
Reviewed by Alexandra Lange on Aug 14 2015

The book is perfect for that long Jitney ride, and it’s entirely likely that “a Bridget Jones type” will become descriptive shorthand here as it is in London. As a beach read, it offers an additional felicity: As we all know from the BBC’s P&P, Mr. Darcy knows how to swim.

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CNN.com

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Habib on Jul 04 1998

Although it does have a denouement of sorts, "Bridget Jones's Diary" is such a quick and engaging read that I was left wanting more.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Aug 07 2015

A huge success in England, this marvelously funny debut novel had its genesis in a column Fielding writes for a London newspaper...It's hard to say how the English frame of reference will travel...In any case, it's hard to imagine a funnier book appearing anywhere this year.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by StephanieMichelle on Aug 08 2015

Bridget Jones's Diary is a fantastic, quick, fun, chick-litty read that will have you unable to put down from the first entry...In short, Bridget Jones's Diary is a delight: witty, clever, funny, relatable, and frankly, flat-out adorable. Read it once, twice, three times in a row and you won't grow tired of it.

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EzineArticles

Good
Reviewed by Kit Marsters on Nov 12 2007

I would recommend this book to anyone. It makes for a lovely read when curling up in bed, or to take along with you to the beach. If you have seen the film, you will find the book is even better. There's something in Helen Fielding's writing style that kept me smiling and giggling all the way.

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Above average
Reviewed by Emma Cave on Jul 26 2015

Although it probably won't change your life, it'll certainly make you feel better about it. Never mind the films it spawned, this book is one of the funniest things on earth.

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Cannonball Read IV

Excellent
Reviewed by Jennie on Nov 14 2012

Bridget Jones’s Diary, for those who don’t know, is a book about a 30-something woman named Bridget Jones (duh) who keeps a diary (double duh) for a year...My point is, you should read this, with a cocktail or seven, and then you should watch the movie and THEN you should read and watch Pride & Prejudice, just to get the entire experience.

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