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Mad About the Boy
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Mad About the Boy
Bridget Jones Series, Book 3

A GoodReads Reader's Choice
Bridget Jones—one of the most beloved characters in modern literature (v.g.)—is back! In Helen Fielding's wildly funny, hotly anticipated new novel, Bridget faces a few rather pressing questions:

What do you do when your girlfriend's sixtieth birthday party is the same day as your boyfriend's thirtieth?
Is it better to die of Botox or die of loneliness because you're so wrinkly?
Is it wrong to lie about your age when online dating?
Is it morally wrong to have a blow-dry when one of your children has head lice?
Is it normal to be too vain to put on your reading glasses when checking your toy boy for head lice?
Does the Dalai Lama actually tweet or is it his assistant?
Is it normal to get fewer followers the more you tweet?
Is technology now the fifth element? Or is that wood?
If you put lip plumper on your hands do you get plump hands?
Is sleeping with someone after two dates and six weeks of texting the same as getting married after two meetings and six months of letter writing in Jane Austen's day?
Pondering these and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of loss, single motherhood, tweeting, texting, technology, and rediscovering her sexuality in—Warning! Bad, outdated phrase approaching!—middle age.
In a triumphant return after fourteen years of silence, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is timely, tender, touching, page-turning, witty, wise, outrageous, and bloody hilarious.
TODAY Book Club Selection


From the Hardcover edition.

A GoodReads Reader's Choice
Bridget Jones—one of the most beloved characters in modern literature (v.g.)—is back! In Helen Fielding's wildly funny, hotly anticipated new novel, Bridget faces a few rather pressing questions:

What do you do when your girlfriend's sixtieth birthday party is the same day as your boyfriend's thirtieth?
Is it better to die of Botox or die of loneliness because you're so wrinkly?
Is it wrong to lie about your age when online dating?
Is it morally wrong to have a blow-dry when one of your children has head lice?
Is it normal to be too vain to put on your reading glasses when checking your toy boy for head lice?
Does the Dalai Lama actually tweet or is it his assistant?
Is it normal to get fewer followers the more you tweet?
Is technology now the fifth element? Or is that wood?
If you put lip plumper on your hands do you get plump hands?
Is sleeping with someone after two dates and six weeks of texting the same as getting married after two meetings and six months of letter writing in Jane Austen's day?
Pondering these and other modern dilemmas, Bridget Jones stumbles through the challenges of loss, single motherhood, tweeting, texting, technology, and rediscovering her sexuality in—Warning! Bad, outdated phrase approaching!—middle age.
In a triumphant return after fourteen years of silence, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is timely, tender, touching, page-turning, witty, wise, outrageous, and bloody hilarious.
TODAY Book Club Selection


From the Hardcover edition.
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  • Chapter One

    Just woke up from delicious, sensual dream all mixed up with Daniel and Leatherjacketman. Suddenly feel different: sensual, womanly and yet that makes me feel so guilty, as if I'm being unfaithful to Mark and yet . . . is so sensual feeling like a sensual woman, with a sensual side which is sensually . . . oh. Children are awake.

    11:30 a.m. Entire morning has been totally sensual and lovely. Started day with all three of us in my bed, cuddling and watching telly. Then had breakfast. Then played hide and seek. Then drew and colored in Moshi Monsters, then did obstacle course all in pajamas, all the while with roast chicken emitting delicious fragrance from the Aga.

    11:31 a.m. Am perfect mother and sensual woman with 
sensual possibilities. I mean maybe someone like Leather-
jacketman could join in with this scenario 
and. . . .

    11:32 a.m. Billy: "Can we do computer, now it's Saturday?"

    11:33 a.m. Mabel: "Want to watch SpongeBob."

    11:35 a.m. Suddenly overwhelmed with exhaustion and desire to read papers in echoing silence. Just for ten minutes.

    "Mummeee! De TV is broken."

    Realized, horrified, Mabel had got hold of the remotes. I started jabbing at buttons, at which white flecks appeared, accompanied by loud crackling.

    "Snow!" said Mabel, excitedly, just as the dishwasher started beeping.

    "Mummy!" said Billy. "The computer's run out of charge."

    "Well, plug it in again!" I said shoving my head into the cupboard full of wires under the telly.

    "Night!" said Mabel as the TV screen went black, and the tumble-dryer joined in the beeping.

    "This charger doesn't work."

    "Well, go on the Xbox!"

    "It's not working."

    "Maybe it's the Internet connection."

    "Mummy! I've unplugged the AirPort, I can't get it in again."

    Realizing my thermostat was veering dangerously towards red, I scampered off up the stairs saying, "Time to get dressed, special treat! I'll get your clothes." Then ran into their bedroom and burst out, "I hate fucking technology. Why can't everyone just FUCKING SHUT UP AND LET ME READ THE PAPERS."

    Suddenly lurched in horror. The baby listener was on! Oh God, oh God. Should have got rid of it ages ago but paranoid as single parent, fear of death, etc., etc. Ran downstairs to find Billy racked by sobs.

    "Oh Billy, I'm so sorry, I didn't mean it. Was it the baby listener?"

    "Nooooooooo!" he yelled. "The Xbox is frozen."

    "Mabel, did you hear Mummy in the baby listener?"

    "No," she said staring delightedly at the television. "De TV is mended."

    It was showing a page asking for the Virgin TV password.

    "Billy, what's the Virgin password?" I said.

    "Isn't it the same as your banker's card, 1066?"

    "OK, I'll do the Xbox, you put in the password," I said just as the doorbell rang.

    "That password won't work.""Mummeee!" said Mabel.

    "Shh, both of you!" I yelled. "There's SOMEONE AT THE DOOR!"

    Ran up the stairs, head a mass of guilty thoughts: "I'm a terrible mother, there is a hole inside them left by the loss of their father which they are trying to fill with technology," and opened the door.

    It was Jude, looking glamorous but hungover and tearful.

    "Oh Bridge," she said, falling into my arms. "I just can't stand another Saturday morning on my own."

    "What happened . . . tell Mummy . . ." I said then remembered Jude was a grown-up financial giant.

    "The guy I met on Match.com and went out with the day before the Stronghold? The one I had a snog with?"

    "Yes?" I said trying vaguely to remember...

About the Author-
  • Helen Fielding, a journalist and novelist, is the author of four previous novels--Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Cause Celeb, and Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination.

Reviews-
  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 21, 2013
    England's sweetheart Bridget Jones returns after over a decade in Field's latest novel (after Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason). Bridget, now a single mother to two young children, is trying to catch up with the rest of the world. Just figuring out how to program the remote and her son's X-box is overwhelming enough, but now her friends are pushing her to get back into the dating scene. Determined to stay hip, Bridget is dating Roxster, a man 15 years her junior, who she meets through her trials and errors on Twitter. But juggling motherhood and a new boyfriend, while dealing with producers trying to turn her screenplay from tragedy to comedy may be more than Bridget can handle. Whether she is unintentionally announcing her family's head lice infestation to her production team or getting stuck in a tree while looking after her daughter, fans will find Fielding's third Bridget Jones installment hilarious and thoroughly entertaining. This book is sure to be a hit among new and old readers alike. Fielding's awkwardly charming character has aged well—but of course not gracefully.

  • Library Journal

    May 15, 2013
    If you don't know that Fielding is bringing back her beloved Bridget Jones, the character that sold 15 million copies worldwide and launched a movie franchise, then you've been hiding under a rock for months. The setting is contemporary London, and like all of us Bridget has moved on. No more plot details, but at least the title should be settled by BookExpo America.

    Copyright 2013 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Vogue "She's back! Our favorite hapless heroine returns after a decade-plus hiatus, juggling two kids, potential boyfriends, smug marrieds, rogue gadgets, and her nascent Twitter feed."
  • Seattle Times "Mark has been gone five years. Children have nits. Mother still difficult. Jude still tormenting Vile Richard. Daniel Cleaver is children's godfather . . . Good fun, like gathering with friends."
  • The New Yorker "Tender and comic."
  • New York Journal of Books "Fielding manages to both move and delight the reader time after time . . . Hilarious."
  • People "Plenty has changed for everyone's favorite London singleton since her v. funny diary first charmed the world in 1998. In Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Bridget's a widow with two kids, a Twitter account and a 'toy boy'– but she's still adorably clueless."
  • Jenna Bush Hager, Today

    "She's back! And even though she's a fifty-something single mom, she's still the Bridget Jones we all fell in love with."
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