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Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason

by Helen Fielding

Penguin Books | February 1, 2001 | Trade Paperback

Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason is rated 4.9259 out of 5 by 27.
With another devastatingly hilarious, ridiculous, unnervingly accurate take on modern womanhood, Bridget Jones is back. (v.g.)

Monday 27 January

"7:15 a.m. Hurrah! The wilderness years are over. For four weeks and five days now have been in functional relationship with adult male, thereby proving am not love pariah as recently feared."

Wednesday 5 March

"7:08 p.m. Am assured, receptive, responsive woman of substance. My sense of self comes not from other people but . . .from . . .myself? That can''t be right."

Lurching from the cappuccino bars of Notting Hill to the blissed-out shores of Thailand, everyone''s favorite Singleton Bridget Jones begins her search for The Truth in spite of pathetically unevolved men, insane dating theories, and Smug Married advice. She experiences a zeitgeist-esque Spiritual Epiphany somewhere between the pages of How to Find the Love You Want Without Seeking It (can self-help books really help self?), protective custody, and a lightly chilled Chardonnay.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.01 × 5.16 × 0.64 in

Published: February 1, 2001

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140298479

ISBN - 13: 9780140298475

Found in: Romance
Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as good as the first book in the series At the beginning of Bridget Jones: the Edge of Reason, Bridget has been going out with Mark Darcy for four weeks, and she is getting used to being part of a couple. Enters Rebecca, a beautiful, successful and rich colleague of Mark who is determined to steal Bridget's boyfriend. Seeking advice from her friends and her self-help books, Bridget becomes convinced that Mark has a lot more in common with Rebecca than with her, and she breaks it off with him. To make matters worse, her job is going nowhere thanks to her crazy, erratic boss, a renovation project in her apartment has gone horribly wrong, and her father has become an alcoholic. While I enjoyed parts of the book, I believe that the Bridget Jones series has lost some of its appeal. Is it because I am older than the first time I read it? After all, I am married with one kid, while I was single when I first laid my hands on the books. Or is it because the series hasn't aged well? And am I the only one who thinks that it was a little creepy that Mark was always lurking around her apartment (when she was babysitting Magda's kids, or when she was looking for Tom's cellphone, for example)? Luckily, there are some great comic scenes which redeem the book, such as Bridget's interview with Colin Firth, or how she passes the time while in a Thailand prison. I wonder if the last book in the series, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, will be better though... I guess there is only one way to find out: I will need to read it. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I love Bridget Jones. Lets face it, she is like a lot of us. I am just waiting for my Mr. Darcy to show up! I would honestly have to say that I watch the movies now more that I actually read the books.
Date published: 2009-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just plain fun! Continuing on where Bridget Jones's Diary left off, this book is probably one of the funniest books I have ever read. So I don't recommend reading it on public transit unless you don't mind everyone staring at you when you almost fall off your seat laughing, with tears of mirth running down your cheeks (as happened to me). Bridget is an off-centre but well-meaning, eminently likeable character - anything but elegant and that is half the fun. The writing style makes it easy to breeze through this book in no time, leaving you longing to read through it again! Follows the life of this thirty-something British journalist/reporter through dating woes and and adventure in South-East Asia.
Date published: 2006-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a little Bridget in all of us... This is the book for every woman who finds herself in impossibly ludicrous social situations. Who tries to keep a handle on her units of alcohol, number of cigarettes smoked, weight she's lost/gained, number of chocolate bars consumed and all other impossible female only dilemmas. See BJ as she tries to navigate the spectacularly bad advice given to her by well meaning friends and the wardrobe mishaps she has. See her with the bad guy and the good guy and how instantly it can all go horribly wrong. Helen Fielding has given a voice to single women, slogging through it all, everywhere!
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from laugh out loud I could not stop laughing while reading this book! I enjoyed it more than the first bridget jones novel, it is a constant laugh. Read it, you will not regret this choice!
Date published: 2006-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will continue to love her! As the second book, it reveals more lovable Bridget. You will continue to laugh, and emphasize with the scenarios she gets herself in! Although this book is a little wackier than the first book (she finds herself in jail ala Broken Down Palace) it maintains a comedic tone throughout. As her romance continues with Mark Darcy, you will feel the same things she does - because you too have probably felt these things in real life. To some Bridget may be pathetic; but you can't pity her because all to often she is just like you!
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Excellent Book! Much better than the movie.
Date published: 2005-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gaaaaaahhh... you simply MUST read this book! My hat is off to Helen Fielding and her completely off-the-wall imagination (er,hole-in-the-wall imagination). I laughed and laughed! When reading Bridget's diary I just feel SO much better about own existence...so glad embarrassing moments are happening to somebody else and not self. But then find self completely rooting for Bridget and daily exploits. Glad to know I'm not the only one who has ever written Xmas cards after many many alcohol units . I just finished the Edge of Reason yesterday (43,200 seconds ago) and already craving more stories of the beloved Bridget. I give the book a perfect 10.
Date published: 2005-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read Book It's such a great and funny book that I've ever read for years. It made me laugh and laugh while reading on the GoTrain. Too bad that the story wasn't long enough and kept me laughing enough. I really enjoyed the part for Mark and Bridget and wish it would talk more about just both of them in the book. I also enjoyed the part about Pride and Prejudice and Colin Firth thing since I was a big fan for that as well. Kind of feel lost after finishing the book. Really look forward to the next one coming out, hopefully soon.,p> BTW, I've just started reading Bridget Jone's Diary and it seems funny but not funnier than the Edge of Reason. So I think people don't have to read the first one before getting started reading the second one because they would still enjoy it very much just like me.
Date published: 2004-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book Yet! I found this book to be even funnier than the first one. I was on an airplane to London and read the entire first book cover to cover. People on the plane thought I was crazy because I was laughing so much. The second book is just as funny if not funnier!!! I recommend this to all who could use a good laugh, or just a good read! Enjoy!!!
Date published: 2004-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from V.G. read You'll be speaking to all your friends in ...style of journal entry, and laughing out loud while reading (caution commuters!). Absolutely hilarious.
Date published: 2002-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatly Hilarious Recommend this book to all your friends. If you thought that Bridget would no longer get into trouble you are greatly mistaken; Think ringing garbage cans, rotting meat and drug smuggling. Always a fun read to pick you up after a bad day because nobody can beat Bridget for bad days.
Date published: 2002-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LIKE CHOCOLATE A great book. Very uplifting, like chocolate for my soul. Good for the bath, good before bed. The kind of book that can be read over and over again. You don't necessarily have to begin at the beginning. A single page on a bad day will do you well.
Date published: 2002-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is such a great book! IMO even better than the first one. It's the perfect book to read when you're in a girly kinda mood! Also recommend Confessions of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Slave to Fashion.
Date published: 2002-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent book! just finished reading the edge of reason and found myself laughing out loud! my boyfriend thought i was crazy! bridget jones is THE singleton of ALL singletons and her life triumphs and falls are a hilarious read! what's next? i loved the whole colin firth thing and couldn't help but laugh at his mention! you really should get this book...it's a great read and puts you in a good mood no matter how your feeling when you pick the book up!!!
Date published: 2002-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why did it have to end? One of best books I have read in a long time. It was laugh out loud funny, exhilarating and even sususpenseful. It had a twist on it I never thought could be possible.
Date published: 2001-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from She's BACK!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn't think it could be funnier than the first... but I was laughing out loud! Every woman can relate to Bridget and it helps us see our problems in a humourous light. Way better than the first... and hoping for a third!!
Date published: 2001-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FUNNY funny FuNuY fUnUy As you read in the title of this review, thats how good this book is....If you had read the original, this book takes off where it left off....Its soo much more funnier than the first and the trials that Bridge goes through makes you feel for the poor girl....but after the sun has set and the book ends, its the ending is what we have all hoped for!
Date published: 2001-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Again!!! I read Bridget Jones Diary in one weekend and the next weekend I had to get Edge of Reason. I read this one even faster than the first one. What a great book!!! It made me laugh and snicker all over again. Bridget sure has quite a life. When she was in Thailand, the situation reminded me about the movie Brokedown Palace. Thank goodness she got out, and more than 10 lbs lighter to boot. I would strongly recommend this one to all my friends, but only after they have read the first one. I sure hope there is another edition to this enthralling woman and her manic life!!!
Date published: 2001-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Three "Musts" It's a chick thing. Get the full Bridget Jones experience by reading "Bridget Jones's Diary" and then seeing the movie. Finally, read "Bridget Jones The Edge of Reason." The appearance of the actor Colin Firth in the movie and being mentioned in the second book is a riot.
Date published: 2001-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The singleton returns! Helen Fielding does not disappoint with the hilarious and brilliant sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary. The book takes us through Bridget's adventures once more as she bravely faces the jungles of single life. Fielding manages to throw in new twists and turns and keeps you wondering if she has been rummaging through your own life when writing this book. For those that haven't read the first book, do not fear as you will be able to follow along just fine!
Date published: 2001-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Funny! This book just puts you in a good mood. A good laugh out loud. See what Bridget has in store for the next 365 days
Date published: 2001-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could NOT put the book down! The book was amazing and I could not stop laughing! Unfortunately, I was unable to find the "Bridget Jones Diary" at any bookstore, so I read this without any prior knowledge of the character and book was still quite easy to follow. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to laugh, but note that you may spend all night reading this since it was so hard for me to put the book down!
Date published: 2001-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for a chuckle This book is great for a lazy afternoon read. It is something that all young women can related to on at least one level. Read this book and then pass it on to your girlfriends! You will all have a smile on your face as you relate to Bridget's adventures in life.
Date published: 2001-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal This book picks up right where the first novel left off. It's every bit as hilarious and just as accurate a portrayal of modern women as was Bridget Jones' Diary. The story takes on a bit more of an unbelievable twist, perhaps just a reminder that this is, afterall, a work of fiction. I recommend it to anyone who's ever had any insecurity about anything. You'll relate!
Date published: 2001-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from (V.G.) Edge of Reason is beyond funny! Singletons worldwide will relate to Bridget, Shazzer and Jude. Even Smug-Marrieds will be entertained! I have one chapter to go - and want to savour every minute of it. What else can I say - it is v.g.
Date published: 2000-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from On the edge of giggling Helen Fielding captures in the fictionary character of Bridgit Jones every current neurosis, every witty observation, every completely daffy action of the ridiculous game that is relationships. There is at least one huge laugh per page. I am disappointed to have finished and would beg Ms Fielding to produce the next installment. I would go as far as to say that "Edge of reason" is even better than "Diary".
Date published: 2000-10-04

– More About This Product –

Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason

by Helen Fielding

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 352 pages, 8.01 × 5.16 × 0.64 in

Published: February 1, 2001

Publisher: Penguin Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0140298479

ISBN - 13: 9780140298475

Read from the Book

From Chapter 1 Happily Ever After Monday 27 January 129ibs. (total fat groove), boyfriends 1 (hurrah!), shags 3 (hurrah!), calories 2,100, calories used up by shags 600, so total calories 1,500 (exemplary). 7.15 a.m. Hurrah! The wilderness years are over. For four weeks and five days now have been in functional relationship with adult male thereby proving am not love pariah as previously feared. Feel marvelous, rather like Jemima Goldsmith or similar radiant newlywed opening cancer hospital in veil while everyone imagines her in bed with Imran Khan. Ooh. Mark Darcy just moved. Maybe he will wake up and talk to me about my opinions. 7.30 a.m. Mark Darcy has not woken up. I know, will get up and make him fantastic fried breakfast with sausages, scrambled eggs and mushrooms or maybe Eggs Benedict or Florentine. 7.31 a.m. Depending what Eggs Benedict or Florentine actually are. 7.32 a.m. Except do not have any mushrooms or sausages. 7.33 a.m. Or eggs. 7.34 a.m. Or - come to think of it - milk. 7.35 a.m. Still has not woken up. Mmmm. He is lovely. Love looking at Him asleep. V. sexy broad shoulders and hairy chest. Not that sex object or anything. Interested in brain. Mmmm. 7.37 a.m. Still has not woken up. Must not make noise, realize, but maybe could wake Him subtly by thought vibes. 7.40 a.m. Maybe will put . . . GAAAAAH! 7.50 a.m. Was Mark Darcy sitting bolt upright yelling, "Bridget, will you stop. Bloody. Staring at me when I am asleep. Go find something to do." 8.45 a.m. In
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From the Publisher

With another devastatingly hilarious, ridiculous, unnervingly accurate take on modern womanhood, Bridget Jones is back. (v.g.)

Monday 27 January

"7:15 a.m. Hurrah! The wilderness years are over. For four weeks and five days now have been in functional relationship with adult male, thereby proving am not love pariah as recently feared."

Wednesday 5 March

"7:08 p.m. Am assured, receptive, responsive woman of substance. My sense of self comes not from other people but . . .from . . .myself? That can''t be right."

Lurching from the cappuccino bars of Notting Hill to the blissed-out shores of Thailand, everyone''s favorite Singleton Bridget Jones begins her search for The Truth in spite of pathetically unevolved men, insane dating theories, and Smug Married advice. She experiences a zeitgeist-esque Spiritual Epiphany somewhere between the pages of How to Find the Love You Want Without Seeking It (can self-help books really help self?), protective custody, and a lightly chilled Chardonnay.

About the Author

Helen Fielding, a journalist and a novelist, is the author of three previous novels, Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, and Cause Celeb. She also co-wrote the screenplays for the movie of Bridget Jones’s Diary and the forthcoming sequel based on Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

Editorial Reviews

"One of the most enchanting heroines to ever overdraw her bank account." --USA Today
"Glorious . . . a sequel that outshines its predecessor." --San Francisco Chronicle
"Bridget Jones is a joy and comfort, and Helen Fielding is bloody great." --Mademoiselle

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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