Friday, 14 June 2013

Review: Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding (Bridget Jones #2)

Publisher - Picador
Publication Date - 15th June 2000
Paperback - 432 pages
Genre - Contemporary Romance/Chick-Lit

Source - Library

Rating - 3 out of 5: I liked it

Reviewed by - Amy

Book Info -
The Wilderness Years are over! But not for long. At the end of Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget hiccuped off into the sunset with man-of-her-dreams Mark Darcy. Now, in The Edge of Reason, she discovers what it is like when you have the man of your dreams actually in your flat and he hasn't done the washing-up, not just the whole of this week, but ever.

Lurching through a morass of self-help-book theories and mad advice from Jude and Shazzer, struggling with a boyfriend-stealing ex-friend with thighs like a baby giraffe, an 8ft hole in the living-room wall, a mother obsessed with boiled-egg peelers, and a builder obsessed with large reservoir fish, Bridget embarks on a spiritual epiphany, which takes her from the cappuccino queues of Notting Hill to the palm- and magic-mushroom-kissed shores of ...

Bridget is back. V.g.

My Thoughts - "Self-help books scheduled for dustbin: 47"

Unlikely events included to help plot stretch out over book: 47 (probably)

OK, that seemed harsh but part of this book that can't be ignored is Bridge's ability to be in situations that are humorous because they are unprecedented! She surely wasn’t, to me, as loveable before- it would've been better if I felt I didn't need to read this to get character development.

There must be another reason I downloaded this to my kindle and read it with haste… I needed that funny, very British book. The culture may seem stereotypical but it's pulled off (not that she drinks tea everyday, but her breath would stink- cigarettes), that makes me love her more. She may be older than me, but she's the age of some of my cousins so it is like she could be my cousin! This book was perfection for a Brit-fic addict like me, well... It's only THREE STAR but not for lack of British attitude (either on holidays or thinking that good circumstances will come).

Simple, commendable easy reading (yes teens, you may be divided by over a decade, and calorie consumption frankly, but ambitions are for everyone). You'll love the wedding speech; I swear Bridget's commentary there was the only thing to make me LOL!

Bridget honestly showed at some points independence- and not just the singleton kind. I think this is why she started to be more interesting! It was good that a 30-year old was able to find her own feet, well... at points she thought it was her who must've sorted out X, Y or Z dilemma... Wait, she’s 30? Yes, I did know but at some points I forgot. I was thinking, “Aww- she counts her calories & has about triple what so&so considers a lot...” That’s why it’s easy reading, it’s supposed to be comic & Bridget is far from a serious character.

You all know this, don’t you? Good. Then pick up Bridget Jones: Edge Of Reason. She goes through trials & tribulations... Do you think she’ll become a stronger, better woman because of it?

Summary - In the synopsis it says “Bridget Jones is back. V.g.”

In conclusion, it is. There isn’t much more to say about this book... You want a book with deep meaning? This isn’t for you. It’s slightly deeper than the first in my opinion, there are conflicts & “other women” (by which we don’t mean Bridge’s girlfriends, sincerely wish we did) but overall the book is just about a woman making her way in the world (and realizing that rapists probably wouldn’t think she’s worth it but certain Thai people may). Asking why does Bridget have to travel to have a massive self-discovering or epiphany is like asking about what typical brits are like on holiday... Isn’t it obvious?

You need to read this, ha!

Other books in the series:
1. Bridget Jones's Diary
2. The Edge of Reason
3. Mad About the Boy (October 2013)


Chrissie (Once Upon a Series) said...

Great review Amy! And the idea that a 30 year old can be finding her feet has given me much hope lol.

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