Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding is definitely a great summer read. Bridget Jones has decided to improve her life this upcoming year. She vows to quit smoking, to drink less alcohol, to decrease her calorie intake, and not find herself involved with men who do not respect her.
Bridget hilariously chronicles her year, trying to survive her crazy parents, mostly her mum who, along with her friend Una, dangles her in front of one Mark Darcy who can only seem to ask her if she’s read any good books lately. She also has to deal with her quirky friends and their vile significant others. And don’t forget about the smug marrieds who want nothing more than to rub Bridget’s single status in her face at every opportunity.
And then there is Daniel Cleaver, Bridget’s boss and crush who likes to make flirty comments about her skirt and blouse…
I have seen the movie (who can resist Colin Firth?!) which I thought was hilarious but hadn’t yet read the book so when my friend offered to lend it to me, I was most pleased. Interestingly, I was looking at my bookshelf and noticed the sequel hanging out. Not quite sure when I bought it, or why as I obviously do not own the first. Oh well…
Almost every entry comes with a detailed list of her weight, number of cigarettes, alcohol units, and calories, along with a few other funny tidbits. Each number is followed by something along the lines of “v.g.” or “better” or “too shameful to smoke in presence of healthy young whippersnappers.”
I found myself often laughing at the hilarious situations Bridget found herself in while simultaneously wanting to hit her over the head when she did something incredibly stupid (especially when it had to do with a man). If you want a good laugh and a nice dose of British humor than this is the book for you!
I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella was such a lovely read! The moment I finished reading this book, I sent a text to my sister telling her she has to read it! You know a book is good if this happens. I’ve read a lot by Sophie Kinsella, not all of which I have equally liked. I loved this book, and actually, it’s my favorite of hers so far!
The book begins with Poppy frantically searching a hotel conference room which she has just lost during an impromptu fire drill. Her phone gets stolen, and she’s about to have a total meltdown. But then she sees a phone tossed into a trash bin, and she just can’t resist picking it up and claiming it as her own. This is when the hilarious stuff really begins.
I want to tell you all the funny parts that I absolutely loved, but I don’t want to ruin them for you so I won’t. I thought Poppy was incredibly funny and just a loveable character. She was ridiculous in a realistic way. She is a very engaging character. I had to force myself to put this book down so I could get at least a few hours of sleep. Don’t worry though because the next chance I got, I inhaled the rest of this book.
This was a real page-turner. I absolutely loved it! It had some romance, some drama, and lots of comedy! Fans of Sophie Kinsella will love it!
Asking for Trouble by Elizabeth Young had me in a constant state of laughter. Sophy’s younger sister Belinda is getting married in a few weeks, and her mother is putting pressure on her to bring her boyfriend Dominic to the wedding. Sophy’s mother has a bit of a rivalry with her neighbor Maggie Freeman and is always looking for a way to show her up, and having one daughter married and one with an attractive boyfriend would gain her some major points.
The only problem is that Dominic doesn’t actually exist. Sophy created him to get her mother off her back. She hasn’t quite found a suitable way to dump him in enough time before the wedding without totally devastating her mother. She’s a bit desperate, and so when her flatmate Ace shows her an ad for an escort service she decides to give it a try.
The guy the agency supplies her isn’t exactly what she pictured Dominic to look like, but she really can’t be choosy, but then he ends up in the hospital. The agency supplies her with a replacement, but Sophy doesn’t have a chance to meet him until he arrives at her at her flat the day of the wedding.
Josh is everything Sophy pictured Dominic to be. Sophy’s convinced though that he thinks she desperate and could never like someone with “wobbly bits” like her. Hilarious encounter after hilarious encounter ensues and Sophy tries hard to not let Josh set off any flutterings in her, but it gets increasingly harder the more time they end up spending together.
This is one of the most hilarious books I’ve read. It’s full of British humor. Sophy can never seem to get it right, and Josh grows more and more appealing as the story moves along. Mixed signals keep getting thrown around, and I wasn’t sure if everything would fall in place to ensure a happily ever after. This is one of those books that’s incredibly hard to put down especially when it’s 2:00 in the morning and the chapter’s ended with a cliffhanger.
This book is the basis for the movie The Wedding Date,
and since I love the movie I was more than excited to pick up the book. Those who have seen the movie and liked it will love this. Although the book is very different from the movie but no less enjoyable. I recommend both to anyone who’s looking for a bit of romance and some great laughs. I got that tight feeling in my chest often when something absolutely adorable happened in the novel, and all those who enjoy that feeling should check out this book and watch the movie.