Weight: undisclosed (scale broke), Cigarettes: 0, alcohol unit: 0 (still have to do job and keep said job), calories: +/- 0 before lunch (Intermittent fasting, luckily no calories in smell), excitement levels: HIGH.
BRIDGET IS BACK. DARCY IS BACK.
The Edge of Reason is based on Persuasion by Jane Austen and follows the basic storyline: Girl is in love but is convinced that they should not be/he wants to break up. This all goes down in the typical Bridged Jones way and with very little proper communication. (small disclosure: have not yet read Persuasion…)
How Bridget manages to be even more naive that she is in the first book is remarkable. The same with how she manages to keep a job. As lovely as she is, she’s not exactly trustworthy in regards to showing up (on time) and finishing. Also, who just takes out a second mortgage to employ a contractor who already messed up some bookshelves (and accepts a hole in her wall for weeks).
Hot, Single and ready to Mingle. Somewhat.
She’s still very insecure and keeps relying on her (v. single) friends for relationship advice (bad) and an ever growing pile of self-help books. She’s suddenly part of a ‘smug couple‘ and can’t share her happiness with her (.v single) friends. Besides this, she struggled with work (who wouldn’t with a boss like Richard), a hole in the wall of her flat, flirtations, not communicating, a trip to Thailand, an alcoholic dad, racist mom, prison, Daniel Cleaver…Basically, her everyday life.
You have to be brave and let the other person know who you are and what you feel
How Mark lives his life is also beyond me. He can’t even find the fridge in his own home, how is that possible? I live for my fridge (and pantry). No wonder he’s so moody all the time. Luckily Shazzer is an amazing friend (besides when Bridget is in a smug couple) and the voice of reason (sometimes) as well as some comic relieve. I understand how Jude is a nice friend to have when you’re feeling down. But they all refuse to communicate properly! It’s so frustrating.
Diaries to the max and some more
Where the first novel really felt like a diary, this one is a bit too extravagant. Helen Fielding went for longer entries, but they turn out so long that it’s quite impossible for them to be written in between things. The plot really needs the miscommunications, and there are some (many) far-fetched plotholes, that make it unbelievable. How does a 30-year-old gets bust for (unknowingly) smuggling drugs, get locked up in a Thai prison, gets a death threat and a hole in her wall in just one year? Not to mention the interview with Colin Firth, which was as hilarious as it was cringe-worthy. Endearing, bordering cringe-worthy but endearing is how I’d describe Bridget in her second diary.
But what am I going to do with my life?
I know. Will eat some cheese.”
All in all
I did like the extra dimension their relationship got. One of the questions that the first book left was why Mark would date Bridget. I love Bridget, really, but Mark seemed too serious for the relationship to last. It was good to read that Mark really needs Bridget’s chaos and free nature to balance his life, similar to Bridget’s parents
And I still love Bridget! But that girl needs to learn how to think.
Ps. This is part of a threesome! Last week’s I featured ‘Bridget Jones’ diary‘!