This is #75 of the BBC’s The Big Read books, compiled in 2003. Every once in a while I choose a book of the list for some British literature.
Length: 267 pages
Setting: London, England, 1990s
Summary: We read bits of Bridget Jones’s diary as she tries to catch a man, lose weight, and stop smoking. It’s the start of a new year, which means New Year’s resolutions. Jones isn’t very good at keeping them. She also gets involved with her boss, but he just wants a shag without any kind of commitment.
Final thoughts: Ugh, I gave up after 50 pages. I just couldn’t stand the tone of voice in the book. Every day started with how much she weighed, drank, smoked, and calories consumed, usually with commentary. The plot centered around “I am so fat! Why can’t I get a man? Do you think he likes me?” Rinse and repeat. I’m sure if you enjoy women’s magazines and the latest diet, this book would be quite enjoyable. Tonally, it’s a lot like the movie, just with more internal commentary and dissatisfaction with herself. Personally, I’m not into any of that. I even found the cover annoying. So, I put it down before I just started yelling at Bridget.
Title comes from: The book purportedly was a year of Bridget Jones diary.
Reading challenges fulfilled: none since I didn’t finish the book. Not bad – 40 books into the year and got my first DNF.
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