Bridget Jones's Diary
by Helen Fielding
"130 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds overnight? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier (repulsive, horrifying notion)); alcohol units 2 (excellent) cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow); number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)?"
This laugh-out-loud chronicle charts a year in the life of Bridget Jones, a single girl on a permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement--in which she resolves to: visit the gym three times a week not merely to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and not fall for any of the following: misogynists, megalomaniacs, adulterers, workaholics, chauvinists or perverts. And learn to program the VCR. Caught between her Singleton friends, who are all convinced they will end up dying alone and found three weeks later half-eaten by an Alsatian, and the Smug Marrieds, whose dinner parties offer ever-new opportunities for humiliation, Bridget struggles to keep her life on an even keel (or at least afloat). Through it all, she will have her readers helpless with laughter and shouting, "BRIDGET JONES IS ME!"
Mary Ann Says:
The wildly funny first book in this series introduces the diaries of the completely loveable (and fictional) Bridget Jones, who smoked too much, drank too much and wasted a lot of time on a futile crush on her womanizing and manipulative boss. Of course, she is so blinded by the charms of her boss she won’t give the time of day to Mark Darcy, a wonderful man who is…now you’ve got it, based on Mr. Darcy of Jane Austen’s “Pride & Prejudice,” as is the entire book. Bridget’s voice, astute when it comes to her observations of human nature, is presented in diary form, as are the sequels, which I’m sorry to say are not quite as good.
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