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|Read E-pub ⚞ Bridget Jones's Diary ì Meet Bridget Jones a 30 something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could a lose 7 poundsb stop smokingc develop Inner Poise 123 lbs how is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier Repulsive, horrifying notion , alcohol units 4 excellent , cigarettes 21 poor but will give up totally tomorrow , number of correct lottery numbers 2 better, but nevertheless useless Bridget Jones Diary is the devastatingly self aware, laugh out loud daily chronicle of Bridget s permanent, doomed quest for self improvement a year in which she resolves to reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 72 pounds but gains a total of 74 She remains, however, optimistic Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and like millions of readers the world round you ll find yourself shouting, Bridget Jones is me Gawd, this book was criminally hilarious I sat in the doctor s office waiting room literally snorting into my Nine West handbag there s something really metal about being a minimum wage worker who chooses to buy labels instead of food as I cradled my Kobo in my lap, with Bridget Jones and her life of ridiculous shenanigans all over the black and white screen Needless to say, the people I waited with were unimpressed They are probably not the first to wonder why someone like me would carry anything as elegant as Nine West.Sometimes I wonder that, too Honestly I took off a star because I was highly disappointed with the rushed and nonsensical ending But the rest of this book Pure gold A little warning, though this is not a shiny, polished tale of the stereotypical and in real life, extremely rare uptown and sophisticated south English thirtysomething It s an incredibly and often shamefully honest portrayal of a woman who likes sex and cigarettes and drinking and her foul mouthed friends It s not The Young Victoria It s modern Britain, like nobody wants to see it.Sure, it s a little ham fisted in places I won t say it doesn t idealize relationships, and get a little bizarre here and there But who cares I picked this book up expecting to be entertained It exceeded those expectations.Good job, Helen Fielding. Prepare yourselves, it s about to get personal up in here.So, I ve never seen the movie of Bridget Jones s Diary, so I thought I would read the highly acclaimed book before doing so and, to my great surprise, I ended up hating almost everything about it I 100% understand why people like it it s funny and relatable and reminiscent of the great decade that was the 90 s, but because of a purely personal problem, this book made me feel like garbage and therefore made me absolutely loathe my reading experience Bridget is always writing down her weight and saying she s fat, but the thing is, it s not just herself saying this Friends, family and other characters also call her fat throughout the novel and then I look at me, who weighs over 15 kilos than Bridget, and it honestly made me feel like crap I have already been struggling with confidence and self loathing because over the past couple of years I ve put on 25 kilos due to changing medications for my mental health, so this book honestly just made it worse Is this what people on the street think about me when I walk by Do my friends and family secretly discuss how much weight I ve put on behind my back It honestly took me back to when members of my own family were making snide remarks about my weight or offering suggestions for how exercise and dieting could benefit me, thinking they were helping when really, it made it ten times worse I was 3 4 of the way through the book, when I thought to myself, has anything plot wise actually happened Nope Just a bunch of damaging self hatred that triggered my own I get that a lot of people love the book and that s fine, I totally get it, but for me, it ended up being a damaging and destructive novel that ended up being quite triggering for my depression.Let me know any thoughts you guys have on this book or any of the things I ve discussed Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes 20 A book with a first name in the title I didn t enjoy this book in an ironic way, or in a it s good even though , or I can t believe I do but I perversely can t help it or any other angled, roundabout, halfway indirect from behind kind of way No I sat on my couch and wolfed this thing down in one sitting while laughing my ass off.I read it last spring when I decided I was curious about what chick lit was, so that I could form an opinion and generally improve my likelihood of passing as a somewhat informed member of civilization This was not the only chick lit book I attempted I tried Bergdorf Blondes , the first few pages of which made me want to stab my eyes out with a rusty fork well, maybe it made me want to stab someone else s eyes out Plum Sykes springs to mind , but my point is that it wasn t just bad but actually highly disturbing Disturbing as in, does not so much shake as demolish one s faith in humanity and makes one tremble in horror at the times we re evidently living in I also tried Good in Bed , which wasn t upsetting, but did seem pretty bad, or at least definitely not for me I even flipped open a Shopaholic book, which wasn t as awfully written as Bergdorf Blondes but did similarly make yearn for a grim Stalinist dystopia where this kind of trash just isn t permitted.Then there was Bridget Jones.Now, my enjoyment of this book was not uncomplicated by this terrifying I am Cathy feeling that I m now enough of a grownup to identify with a lovably neurotic character from fluffy popular women s fiction Because, dear bookster, identify I did Yes I had the 100% straightforward chick lit experience, which I guess must be exactly this sense of recognizing your own ridiculously stereotypical feminine traits in a light novel s plucky heroine And seriously That s exactly what happened to me Can I just explain that I m supposed to be packing right now, which is why this is getting so long and involved I m not really crazy, I m just procrastinating Also, though, I do want to tell you guys about Bridget Jones and how weirdly good it was There were a few things I didn t realize about BJ before I read this book One is, she drinks too much The other is, she smokes I know it sounds dumb, but I think I would ve felt differently knowing that, instead of just that she struggles with food I d sort of heard that a lot of it was about efforts to control her weight or whatever, and this typical, you know, on again off again dieting, blah blah blah, and I really couldn t imagine anything less appealing, partly because that isn t a problem I identify with, and partly because does the world really need another book about a self hating lady trying to lose weight And why would anyone want to read something like that anyway Well, I would And I did Because it s not really about her trying to lose weight although I guess it kind of is , it s about the constant, compulsive agony self inflicted by a woman cursed not only with zero impulse control and a ravenous id, but also obsessively high standards for herself and a ridiculous amount of guilt and self scrutiny about virtually everything she does.So yeah basically, this book is about me and a lot not all of my close female friends And it really, really I want you to hear this from me truly gets at some stuff about certain ways that a lot of women tend to act and think, which, I m sorry, all my fancy feminisms and gender theory aside, let s be honest, a lot not all of us are very crazy in some classically female ways, and Fielding just NAILS a lot of those Plus she s very funny.Is this the greatest book ever written No But it was fun to read.Obviously, not all men act one way, and not all women act like Bridget Jones However, I certainly do, and that must be the reason I got such a kick out of this book. Let s review this book the Bridget way Reading goal for 2011 35 books not bad Books actually read 38 v.g No of chick lits supposed to be read in a year 1 fair No of chick lits actually read 2 including Bridget Jones s Diary But wait a second Who can call Bridget Jones s Diary a chick lit That would be an insult to such a master piece No, Bridget is no wannabe chick lit heroine and this book is certainly no trashy best seller Bridget Jones s Diary is definitely a piece of literature It is well written, it s funny and it is extremely relate able Bridget, like most girls, tends to make mistakes, fall in love with the wrong guy and she gives an all new twist to the story of Pride and Prejudice In a way, it is a work of plagiarism and yet, it has the quality of being original It is at once the biggest tribute to Austen and one of the most successful experiments on creating a story which has its own elements of uniqueness and surprise And the best thing about this book is, you don t want to believe Bridget is not real It s like Santa Claus or Hogwarts all over again Yes, I know I can t stop gushing over it but trust me, had this book been anything like the usual chick lits, I most certainly wouldn t have given it a five star rating Of course, I approached it gingerly and rather hesitantly at first but once I was done, I felt like banging my head against the wall asking, Why didn t I read it before when I had the e book lying with me for the last three years But I guess I had to borrow it from Gayatri and then spend an entire fortnight gushing over it Do I recommend it to you Hell, yeah, I do