Book Review: Bridget Jones’s Diary

IMG_5034In June, I decided to tackle a book that I’ve been wanting to read for years now. When I was in high school, I watched Bridget Jones’s Diary for the first time, and I instantly fell in love. That love stayed strong throughout my university years, and now that I’m graduated, I still go back to that movie.

With my love of Bridget Jones, it was surprising to me that I never read the book before. How could someone like me, who reads books all the time, skip this one? Well, for one thing, I always had other books I wanted to read more. So, whenever I visited a bookstore, I never ended up picking it up. I was lucky enough that during my trip to my boyfriend’s cottage, I found a copy of it hidden in a random stack of books. I literally hit the jackpot. I was so excited, that I began to read it immediately.

First things first, I LOVED this book. I thought it was just as funny and endearing as the movies are. Bridget is hilarious, and really provides a great example of the pressures women go through in society. She struggles throughout the book trying to look thin and beautiful. Poised. She never ends up being perfect because, what woman ever is? Through her ups and downs, I was completely entertained. There is never a dull moment in this novel, and I was very thankful for that.

Now for the parts I didn’t like. Dun dun dun. To be honest, I didn’t find too many things I didn’t like. The few things that I took issue with were some of the things Bridget said that DID NOT age well. The novel was originally published in 1996, making it over 20 years old. Think of how people viewed minorities in the 90s, you really want to cringe don’t you? Well Bridget says 2 sentences in the novel that just seem so offensive and obscene for someone living in 2017. However, I know it was written 20 years ago, so we can’t change that. But I think it’s good to be critical of these things, and at least learn how people used to think, and how we are now. Other than those 2 sentences in the novel, I really loved this novel.

For Bridget Jones’s Diary, I’m giving it a 5/5. For the small parts that bothered me, I certainly am still critical about them, but overall the novel is a great summer read. I still prefer the movie to the book in the end. I know, I’m committing a reader’s number one sin, but the movie is infinitely better. The book hardly mentions Mark Darcy, who is incredible in the movie. Furthermore, the offensive things I did read in the book are omitted in the movie adaptation. I would recommend the book to anyone who loves the movies, or loves chick lit in general.

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