Bridget Jones's Diary

Bridget Jones's Diary

A Novel

Book - 1998
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A comedy on an Englishwoman's quest for self-improvement. Single and thirty-something Bridget diets, keeps tabs on her tobacco and alcohol consumption, visits the gym regularly, yet she still has problems finding the right man. A debut in fiction.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1998.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780141000190
Branch Call Number: FICTION Fielding Helen
Characteristics: x, 271 p. ;,22 cm.


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JCLHeatherM Feb 13, 2020

Mark Darcy - His willingness to like someone exactly as they are, no changes necessary, makes him extra swoonworthy.

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JCLStefanieE Sep 12, 2018

Wonderfully inappropriate gal on a quest to find love, finds way to love herself. It's delicious and charming.

JCLEmilyD Oct 18, 2018

I really love this movie and that's why I wanted to read the book, but I didn't enjoy the book like I enjoy the movie.

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JCLBreH Feb 22, 2014

30-something single English woman who is convinced her life would be perfect if she could lose weight, stop smoking and develop "Inner Poise.".

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Aug 30, 2020

(v.g.) In this delightful romantic comedy, Bridget Jones, a slightly overweight and very self deprecating heroine, is searching for a mature adult relationship whilst attempting to "fix" herself by ending all of her (numerous) bad habits. Bridget is not too bright, and she keeps messing up her complete train-wreck of a life, but I suppose that makes her just like the rest of us. This is the original source material for the popular Hollywood film staring Renée Zellweger as the lovable Bridget.

Gemini__Librarian Jul 16, 2020

Bridget Jones's Diary is a comedic read for the lighthearted and is a muse on the serendipity and funny quirks of middle aged singleton life in England. Bridget's narration is comical and dreadfully honest as she jokingly self-depreciates, finding humor and amusement in all around her. She finds interest in the mundane and dares to share her mental Venn Diagrams of social personalities amongst her inner circles including her mother who is constantly reminding her of her biological clock and her genuine, but effervescent friend who offers her sound advice and is off elsewhere during times of critical need and psychological distress. She is bold and brash, modest and demonstrates to readers the stream of consciousness of a woman who is searching for love may be anything but utterly pleasant and instead is ridden with checks, balances, what if-scenarios and a plethora of how could this be scenarios. This novel is akin to a modern day Pride and Prejudice with a narrator who is appraising and loathing her would-be suitors but, as in a modern lens, is straight-forward, anti-sugar coated and steeped in raw truths and introspection. I personally love the author's ability to capture the authenticity and eccentric humor of this professional who is navigating and driving her dating life, hopefully for the better as she wishes. Highly recommend for a funny, down-to-earth read! : ) - Review Written by Danielle

JCLEmilyD Oct 18, 2018

I really love this movie and that's why I wanted to read the book, but I didn't enjoy the book like I enjoy the movie.

Jun 16, 2017

I love that each 'chapter' starts off with what day and time it is and then her weight and calories and cigarettes consumed for that day. An all around hilarious book. Would recommend everyday over the movie.

BostonPL_LauraB Dec 07, 2016

This started off slow and a bit ridiculous, but once I got used to it and Bridget, I had a fun time! Can't wait to finally watch the movie which I've been putting off forever until I had read the book. Check!

ezhurbin Aug 16, 2016

The movie is much much better! I wanted a light funny book to read and i picked this up because i liked the movie. The book is a big disappointment, because i found Bridget character very unlikable and unfanny (unlike in the movie). There is a huge difference between insecure, clumsy, corky Bridget movie personality and a lazy, selfish, shallow Bridget persona of the book. Also, Mr. Darcy love story is very undeveloped-he only sees her a couple of times without giving much indication of his feelings and suddenly in the end he declares that he loved her since the beginning; it was almost abrupt. It's a mystery how a good movie came out of this crappy book.

Apr 12, 2015

Interesting book. Reminds me a lot of a grown-up version of Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging.

Jan 26, 2015

This book is one of my favourites. I've re-read the book (and the Edge of Reason) many times, and each time I find myself giggling like a madwoman at the same things. The book is one of my all time favourites and it's totally something I'd recommend to a friend.

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 27, 2014

Hilarious Adrian Mole type diary of a 30+ woman who veers from catastrophe to triumph on an inept quest for love, family, weight loss and a glamorous career.

Apr 01, 2014

I simply love this book. Hilarious :)

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Jan 26, 2015

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SqueeGirl Sep 26, 2009

Bridget records her loves, laughs, struggles at work and monstrously fluctuating weight in her diary.


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Dec 02, 2017

"It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It's like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden shouting 'Cathy' and banging your head against a tree." Bridget Jones


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