Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Bridget is an on-the-cusp-of-30 Londoner.  Single and stuck in dead-end job, she starts a journal on the first of the year with the goal of changing her life from everything to her weight to finding inner peace.  I know you’ve probably seen the movie and yes, it is funny and yes, Renee Zellwegger is quite good in it, but until you’ve read the book you’ve never really met Bridget Jones.

Written as diary entries, Bridget chronicles her weight, thigh circumference, calorie, alcohol and cigarette intake, and the trials and tribulations of being a almost-30 year old single in London searching for inner poise.  That inner poise is hard to come by when she’s busy flirting inappropriately with her boss or cooking a five course meal that ends up blue.  Yet, Bridget is able to meet every embarrassment with humor and wit.  And after a year where 74 pounds are gained yet 72 pounds are lost,we and Bridget have hope for the future with a new job and maybe, just maybe, a new, nice boyfriend.

I always enjoy a movie and book combination.  Both offer something the other cannot provide.  The movie is able to provide more of the visual comedy, yet the book version is much more attentive to the hilarious details of Bridget’s life, whether her everyday exasperation with her weight or the drunken ramblings from a night out on the town. These little things that get bypassed in an hour-and-half movie, but are what make the character and her life so realistic and funny.

So if you’ve seen the movie, or more importantly have not, check out the book and prepare yourself for a good laugh.

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