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Bridget Joness Diary

by Helen Fielding

March 23, 2001 | Mass Market Paperbound

Bridget Joness Diary is rated 4.6389 out of 5 by 36.
Helen Fielding's devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of a thirty-something Singleton launched a genre and transcended the pages of fiction to become a cultural icon.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.13 × 4.5 × 0.8 in

Published: March 23, 2001

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0330375253

ISBN - 13: 9780330375252

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from In Need of a Pick-Me-Up? ...Then read this book. Bridget Jones and her quirky little world are hilarious. There is not much else to say about this book. It's light, entertaining, original, and all of those good things. Clearly, it is not meant to be taken seriously, which may be why some people didn’t enjoy it. The book and the movie are both on the same level of excellence. It is nice to read the book as well as watch the movie, in case you’re thinking of skipping one.
Date published: 2011-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Delightful This is a fantastic book. The character of Bridget is so well developed and Helen Fielding truly has a talent for writing. Bridget's diary entries are extremely entertaining - Alcohol units: 3 (v.good), Cigarettes 12, number of mins spent obsessing about feminist wrongness of obsessing: 162 approx. (bad) - if you haven't read this book already - go out and get it!
Date published: 2007-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from July - A New Job 8st 3 (cannot lose wobbly bits located in and around stomach), alcohol units 2 (v.g.), cigarettes 0 (as no longer smoke), calories 5234 (feels like). 9:30 p.m. Writing rave review for hilarious book just read. Unfortunately, unsure what to write. Maybe will pop to the shop and grab cappuccino. 9:45 p.m. Did not grab cappuccino but instead bought chocolate brownie. Is bloody delicious but back to 8st 3 (cannot lose wobbly bits located in and around stomach), alcohol units 2 (v.g.), cigarettes 0 (as no longer smoke), calories 5234 (feels like). 9:47 p.m. Book really was fantastic, highlighting joys and troubles of singletondom in London and really felt like self was worth something thanks to book. But what to write for review? 9:50 p.m. Ok, review completed. Now reads "A great read since all Singletons should be warned of the effects of emotional fuckwittage and Smug Marrieds should not be allowed to be so smug. Buy this book because it is bloody brilliant." 9:53 p.m. Unsure if those at Chapters/Indigo will be pleased with review but no longer feel like typing as Pride and Prejudice is on. Ooh, Mark Darcy and wet shirt.
Date published: 2006-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the start of an addiction I'd never really been into the "chick-lit" type of books, but i decided to give this one a try. Best idea ever! I really enjoyed it, and it's what started my addiction to "chick-lit" novels. Even though it's fiction, it's nice to know that someone else out there has the same thoughts and goes though the same kind of situations I do. It'll make you happy and it'll make you sad at times, but all in all, it's a great read.
Date published: 2006-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will love Bridget! Bridget is this 'crazy' character, for whom you will laugh at, sympathize with, relate to and well she will hold a special place in your heart because you will probably see pieces of yourself in her. This book is the first "chick lit" I ever read and it continues to be my favourite. It is funny, truthful and a little nutty..... perfect. My only complaint is the constant cigs and alcohol counts, they are funny at first, but after awhile you just ignore them!
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Funniest Book I Have Ever Read Years later I am still searching for a book that makes me laugh out loud like this one did. Any woman who has not read this - do so immediately! I lost myself in Bridget for a couple days- the best written chick lit book ever. The sequel and movie were also fantastic. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2006-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hillarious Novel This is one of my favourite novels. It is funny and the character is easy to relate to. I've passed this book along to all of my friends and they have all enjoyed it as much as I have. I strongly recommend this book and find most people will find it a good read.
Date published: 2003-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laughed Out Loud! The movie was excellent, the book is hilarious and very easy to read. The jokes are even funnier if you have spent time in London with some singles -- the characters remind me of some brits I know.
Date published: 2003-12-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre at best I saw the movie before I read the book, and I was slightly disappointed by the book….or maybe it was the movie, or maybe it was a combination of the 2. I found it really difficult to get into the book. I don’t know what it was really. Perhaps I couldn’t relate to Bridget, because I'm really not in that part of my life. I found myself more comparing the book to the movie instead of trying to get into the book itself. The book is completely unlike the movie. In most cases the names are the same, but not all. All the situations are switched around. I don’t know, maybe I'm just jaded, but there were no events in the book that even stick out in my mind as being fantastic or hilarious. Maybe the problem was that all the reviews really got my hopes up, and because the book wasn’t mind-blowing, I got disappointed. Maybe it would have been better if I were more weight conscious, or had had man troubles, or at least on some level relate to Bridget. But sadly, I could not. Ill stick to Shopaholic.
Date published: 2003-08-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Future Prospects: Borrow, not buy Amusing and entertaining, although some of the British words and phrases were hard to figure out. Will probably look for the movie. Future Prospects: Borrow the sequal, but won't buy it.
Date published: 2002-05-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bridget Jones' is No Mole This book was such a complete, total rip-off of Sue Townsend's Adrian Mole Diaries that I cannot believe it was even published, let alone such a big seller! Townsend herself acknowledges the rip-off in Adrian's latest diary The Cappuccino Years and even copies 'Bridget Jones' for an entry or two before dismissing the style as garbage. In any case, if you liked Bridget Jones, check out the original - Adrian Mole Diaries, you'll love them!
Date published: 2002-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Funny This book was great! I could not put it down and was cracking up on more than one occasion. I'm sure everyone will fancy this book as much as i did! Bridget is hilarious and things mentioned in this book are so true!
Date published: 2002-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There's a bit of Bridget in everyone Every woman who is unmarried, unsure of what the future has, and is imperfect should read this book! It is funny and clever. You can't help but love her...and everyone has a bit of Bridget in them.
Date published: 2001-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from bridget jones's diary Hey everyone this book is a great book! Definitely a keeper so buy the book! And rent the movie as both are excellent.I would recommend this book to all my friends!!! So go and get the book.
Date published: 2001-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridget Jones's Diary - Diary Entry - 2000 calories of fun. 9 Stone 3 lbs of uncontained laughter. 8 hilarious units of mood enhancement. Many hours of pure enjoyment. v.g. (very good!) Totally addictive 365 days of this thirtysomething singleton whose love life is the stuff of a modern Pride and Prejudice!
Date published: 2001-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridget Jones The first time I read this book, I was insulted by the way a thirty-something woman was portrayed. A few chapters into it, I realized this book was hilarious and started laughing. By the end, I not only recognized my friends in it, I saw myself too. This novel, while incredibly entertaining, does touch upon some truths pertaining to women (and I suspect men too) in our society. By far and away my all time favourite book. It's become my Bible.
Date published: 2001-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! I loved this book. Any woman who strives to be thinner, more successful, and loved will sympathize with Helen Fielding's neurotic heroine. If Bridget's constant efforts to become a better person and to land her Prince Charming do not strike a chord with you you're not being honest with yourself. I've already read the book twice. Every once in awhile I'll read a bit out of it to cheer myself up. Bridget makes the rest of us seem almost normal.
Date published: 2001-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fun! A great travel read - laughed out loud on the plane! Similar humour and style to author Marion Keyes. Two thumbs up and I will be giving as a gift to a friend.
Date published: 2000-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's funny...'cause it's true! A great book to read for women who are a bit down on their life and need cheering up! Better than a hot bubble bath and a box of chocolates!
Date published: 2000-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridget Jones Diary Excellent Book. Very funny. I highly recommend it.
Date published: 2000-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Two words: Must Buy I recently brought this book with me on a trip to Europe and absolutely LOVED it! Have already loaned it out to 4 of my friends...two of which were male! (and they loved it too!) A HIGHLY recommended easy, breezy, beautiful (cover girl?) read. Enjoy!
Date published: 2000-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from inner poise! Bridget Jones's Diary is the best read this year. Hilariously funny, beautifully written, a book every woman should read if she has ever had a bad hair day, obsessed about a man or counted even one calorie!
Date published: 2000-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Bridget Jones After putting it off for months I finally sat down to read "Bridget Jones' Diary". While it took a few chapters to get used to the British slang and the abbreviations (for example, v.g. = very good) I was hooked from the beginning with Bridget's New Year's Resolutions List. Bridget may be a fictional character but her trials and tribulations at work and in love are true to life for many single women. I laughed out loud for most of the novel and I couldn't put it down until I was finished, then I wanted more of Bridget's diary. What a refreshing take on single life and to think it comes from the point of view of a neurotic single woman. Bridget's escapades for date preparation alone made for entertaining reading and her family and friends were deliciously quirky as a supporting ensemble. I think it's time to check out Ms. Fielding's second book about Bridget. I don't expect as much humor this time but even half of it would make it a terrific read.
Date published: 2000-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridget Jones' Diary This is an excellent book, very easy and quick to read. It's full of a typical British sense of humour. What makes it so funny is that so much of it is so realistic, every day situations. Her thought process is hilarious. I'm dying to read the sequel, I'm waiting my turn at the library.
Date published: 2000-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great Beach Book! I really liked this book! I could not put it down! Bridget's neurotic ways made me laugh and also reflected qualities found in every woman! A fab read!
Date published: 2000-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from INNER POISE! We read Bridget Jones's Diary for our bookclub and I had a riot reading it. It is one of those books that while you are reading you start to laugh out loud and your family gives you strange stares. But I have to say that as funny as it was our book club did conclude that Bridget is not a candidate to carry the torch into the future for women's lib. She whines too much and the fact that one of her only goals is for girl to get boy seems sad, but in a funny way. The British wit is fabulous though and I would recommend this book for a nice light read perhaps after you have finished digesting a deeper novel. But I am sure that by the end of the book you will probably begin to notice slight parallels with Bridget and the stupid things we have all done in our lives.
Date published: 2000-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book but.... I really loved this laugh-out-loud book. I really did! But I felt that the ending was a bit of a cop-out (more Harlequin romance than AbFab). After all the gritty neurotic depictions of being a singleton, the ending was all romantic and cutesy: only finding happiness with a tall, dark, handsome (and let's not forget rich & successful) man. I think Fielding could have done better.
Date published: 2000-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Price & Prejudice + Adrian Mole + Cosmo I laughed out loud as I read this very funny, well-written, light book which documents one year in the life of its single, thirty-something heroine.
Date published: 2000-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Already Read it Twice! I have owned this book for less than a year and have already read it twice! I have too many "gritty" real-life books so reading Bridget Jones was a welcome change. It is like Adrian Mole for the nineties woman. The book is amazingly funny and I can't wait to read the sequel.
Date published: 2000-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Already Read it Twice! I have owned this book for less than a year and have already read it twice! I have too many "gritty" real-life books so reading Bridget Jones was a welcome change. It is like Adrian Mole for the nineties woman. The book is amazingly funny and I can't wait to read the sequel.
Date published: 2000-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fabulous! This book was FUNNY! I love anything that makes me howl in public, and Helen Fielding's portrayal of the many neuroses of a single, modern woman made me laugh in one breath and nod agreement in the next. A good read for anyone, but especially for a woman who needs to know that she is not alone in the world. We all have a little bit of Bridget in us!
Date published: 2000-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Completely fun and fabulous This book is a very light read, but oh-so-entertaining. Bridget is brassy, sassy, and despite her complete inability to stop drinking, quit smoking, and lose weight, she's everything a single girl wishes to be. Helen Fielding perfectly captures the anxieties of every single girl -- and even "Smug Marrieds" or those with a boyfriend will find their own fears mirrored here hilariously. Perfect to take on a vacation or to cheer you up after a breakup, it'll leave you with tears in your eyes from laughing and a new love of British slang.
Date published: 2000-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridget Jones' Diary HILARIOUS!! I was lauging so hard I had tears streaming down my cheeks and I was only on page 3. Helen Fielding has tapped into so much of the emotion and anxiety of being a 30-something "singleton". It's like a British "Sex and the City". I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Date published: 1999-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious If you buy this book you will not be disappointed. I have lent my copy to many women (young and older) and everyone of them loved it. I couldn't bare to not have a copy when I lent mine out so I bought another copy. A laugh out loud read -- I didn't want it to end.
Date published: 1999-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bridget Jones' Diary A very funny book-sexy, sad and hysterical. is a quick light read, capturing the way modern women teeter between "I am woman" independence and a pathetic girlie desire to be all things to all men. Fielding has a deliciously irreverent sense of humour and a keen sense of women's deepest insecurities, revealing the light side of despair, self-doubt and obsession. A bestseller in England that has also gained great popularity on this side of the ocean.
Date published: 1999-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laughing Out Loud This book was a terribly amusing read. Bridget Jones could be me (or any other woman)!!! It was the funniest book I have read in a VERY long time. Satirical, witty, and charming. I would highly recommend it to anyone who needs a good laugh and to stop taking life too seriously.
Date published: 1999-07-22

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Bridget Joness Diary

by Helen Fielding

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 320 pages, 7.13 × 4.5 × 0.8 in

Published: March 23, 2001

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0330375253

ISBN - 13: 9780330375252

From the Publisher

Helen Fielding's devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of a thirty-something Singleton launched a genre and transcended the pages of fiction to become a cultural icon.

About the Author

Helen Fielding was born in Yorkshire. She worked for many years in London as a newspaper and TV journalist, travelling as wildly and as often as possibly to Africa, India and Central America. She is the author of four novels: Cause Celeb (1994), Bridget Jones''s Diary (1996), Bridget Jones:The Edge of Reason (2000) and Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination (2003), and co-wrote the screenplays for the movie of Bridget Jones''s Diary and the sequel based on The Edge of Reason. She now works full-time as a novelist and screenwriter and lives in London and Los Angeles.

From Our Editors

She's always trying to cut down on smokes, cut out the binges and cut off her alcohol intake, but when the weekend rolls around, who's really counting? She's Bridget Jones, smart and impudent British writer Helen Fielding's fashionable, witty and ultra-modern creation that's taken the best-selling book world by storm. A hilarious and no-holds-barred account of modern single life hitting the dregs with style, Bridget Jones's Diary is sound bite after sound bite of uproarious Brit humour at its razor-sharpest.
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