Most women by now have heard of Bridget Jones and have seen the film starring Renée Zellweger as Bridget Jones, the comedic heroine, Hugh Grant as the deceitful Daniel Cleaver and Colin Firth as the hoity-toity Mark Darcy.
The novel, much like the film, starts off at the beginning of a new year. Bridget is a thirty-something singleton living in London who promises herself a bucket load of positive changes. The story follows her career, her family and her love life as well as a constant underlining of her attempts at self-improvement. She plans to quit smoking, to drink less, to lose weight, to stop fantasizing about the sexy publishing boss. It's safe to say this novel is a humorous look at a modern day woman and the issues she faces in life.
The book itself is written much like a diary would be written. We get to read the personal thoughts of Bridget, the things that she wouldn't expect anyone to read. This offers a keen insight into the mind of your average woman. She suffers from severe body image issues, longing to be like the women in magazines and on television. She also has a borderline obsession with love and finding her true-love. Of course not all women are like this, but there is a large percentage that are, which makes the novel relatable. In Bridget's defense she does have an overbearing mother and married friends pressuring her to settle down. A frequently used saying is 'tick-tock, tick-tock" and so Bridget faces a rush to find the perfect man before her biological clock times out and she ends up alone, eaten by Alsatians.
Heavily satirical themed, this is a story of real love. It's not even remotely close to perfect and there are many bumps along the way. There are heart-breaks, lies and disappointments but even through the hard times Bridget remains relatively positive and always continues on her quest for love. It's an admirable trait and makes the character extremely likable.
There are times throughout the novel in which Bridget seems to switch from 'diary mode' into present mode. This is to say that, there are times that she's documenting events at a time when she shouldn't be capable of writing anything. This eradicates some of the emersion of the book but Helen manages to keep the words flowing fluidly.
Overall the novel is on par with the film; it's a light-hearted novel that I would suggest any Rom-Com fan pick up. There are significant differences from the movie, particularly with her family. It still feels like Bridget Jones however and if you like the film, you'll love the novel.