Bridget Jones´s Diary – reviewed by Carolina Garcia

Bridget Jones’s Diary

by Helen Fielding

Reviewed by Caroline Garcia

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Bridget Jones´s diary, by Helen Fielding, is a great comedy novel about a
British single woman in her thirties and how she faces everyday problems but
also good moments. I actually had no idea of what the plot would be about but I,
however, chose it because I thought it would be interesting and exciting to read
a book written as a personal diary.
The story is set in London, England. Throughout the pages we discover Bridget´s
personality and, moreover, how she behaves in a modern society which has many
features that we can find in present times. Bridget is a person that women may
feel identified with while they are reading the book. She has many worries and
disappointments but shows us that, after having had a bad experience or
suffered an enormous pain, we can grow up, learn from our own mistakes and start
a new better life.
The book teaches the importance of friendship-since friends are the ones who are
always supportive in Bridget´s life- and also the fact that we should not judge
before we get to know somebody, as someone that we do not consider attractive
from the outside might turn out to be an amazing person once we know him or her
better.
The novel shows actual aspects of life such as the importance of the appearance
and what others think about us, depressions related to the consumption of
drinks, cigarettes or food and the loss of the true meaning of love, since
sometimes it seems that for some people the most important thing is to spend
some time and just have fun with the other, no matter the true feelings that the
other person could have.
I highly recommend this book, especially for young people. I would not change
anything about it; I really enjoyed reading it, in particular because I felt
close to the story since the diary is written by a young woman in an informal
style. I also liked the fact that it, in a way, paraphrases the book ´Pride and
Prejudice´ by Jane Austen; the importance of ´Mr. Darcy´-first hated, then
loved- at the end of the story was something that I really enjoyed and he, as
well as Bridget, were definitely my favourite characters. All in all, do not
hesitate to read it!