Review: Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding

Challenge criteria: A book you’ve been meaning to read. (Never one for routine, I read book one first, then three, and now two.)


At the beginning of Helen Fielding’s exceptionally funny second novel, the thirtyish publishing puffette is suffering from postholiday stress syndrome but determined to find Inner Peace and poise. Bridget will, for instance, “get up straight away when wake up in mornings.”

Now if only she can survive the party her mother has tricked her into–a suburban fest full of “Smug Marrieds” professing concern for her and her fellow “Singletons”–she’ll have made a good start. As far as she’s concerned, “We wouldn’t rush up to them and roar, ‘How’s your marriage going? Still having sex?'”

Image via Top 100 Books

Image via Top 100 Books

What I liked: 

Bridget says what every single woman is thinking. If we could all be as ballsy as Bridget, single shaming would be wiped out in seconds.

Also, her camaraderie with the prisoners in Thailand is lovely to see, especially in a loveless place like a foreign prison.

What I didn’t like:

The above said, Bridget isn’t actually a good role model for women. She spends half her time complaining about being single, and the other half complaining about being fat. Bridget is neither of these things.

In fact, she’s an awful body confidence model. Bridget is 5’6″ and weighs in at variances from 8st 9lb to 9st 3lb. Neither of these weights signify any instance of being overweight, or obese. If you’re going by BMI, Bridget is a perfectly healthy weight.

I know it’s intended to be a satire, but there wasn’t much funny about it.

Out of five:

Three. If I had a friend like Bridget, I’d strangle her.


9 thoughts on “Review: Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason by Helen Fielding

    • You really would, you just wouldn’t be able to cope with the sheer amount of moaning! I wasn’t a big fan of Mad About the Boy either to be honest!

  1. I love Bridget Jones for the reasons why you like her but I am going to have to defend Helen Fielding a little with the weight & singleton obsession of Bridget’s. Fielding doesn’t really follow conventional rules for keeping a diary, there no way Bridget would be writing every 2 minutes in real life ( but it does makes you think she be a an excellent blogger!!) She used Bridget diary to vocalise all that moany crap we internalize in our head on to paper, so its a bit of an over-exaggeration and if we wrote all this down we all be unbearable. I believe if you observe her character in her actual social interactions she actually very soft and caring and doesn’t actual say a lot of this weight stuff out loud. I love if you read Persuasion and then went back and compare it too as the problem with following this plot line Fielding writes herself into a corner by separating the two love interest, making Bridget obsessive about her single status Again as she has to draw the comparsion between Anne Elliot & Captain Wentsworth in Persuasion.

    As for Mad About the Boy I refuse to read it as she didn’t follow a plot from Jane Austen so its already bad and she killed Mr Darcy how dare she.

    Sorry for that overly long comment but if you haven’t gathered I am a bit of a fan really so all my views are totally biased and should be promptly forgot! Lola xoxo

    • Ah yeah, as I said I know it’s a satirical piece but some of it didn’t sit well with me. She would indeed make a great blogger! 😉

      And Mad about the Boy is unforgivable, Helen.

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