Oh Bridget… I felt obligated to read Mad About the Boy from a completionist standpoint. I read the first two novels and saw the movies, it only seemed logical to read the long awaited (was it?) sequel (cash grab)
*Eighteen month old spoiler*
Ok, so Mad About the Boy opens with Bridget in a new dating dilemma over her first boyfriend since the perfect Mark Darcy’s death. I get that Fielding had to kill Mark because no would be sympathetic to Bridget if they had simply got divoriced. But did she have to KILL MARK DARCY???
Bridget has not grown since we last left her, however she now has 2 small children and a fledgling career as a screen writer. She is dating a toy boy called Roxster (because of course), trying to navigate twitter and of course- lose weight.
It is the same old Bridget. Her friends are all the same and there are a few Daniel Cleaver moments (you know, in case Hugh Grant wanted to make himself available for the inevitable film adapatation). It is an unnecessary sequel but it isn’t unenjoyable.
This sounds like a negative review but I did *like* the book, it is cotton candy literature and Bridget’s neurosis is easy to fall back into. I guess I just rather enjoyed thinking Bridget had finally got her happy ending with Mark.