Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1)
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Meet Bridget Jones—a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could:
a. lose 7 pounds
b. stop smoking
c. develop Inner Poise

"123 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier? Repulsive, horrifying notion), alcohol units 4 (excellent), cigarettes 21 (po...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published June 1st 1999 by Penguin Books (first published October 25th 1996)
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Jessica
Oct 24, 2007 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: chicks, and maybe non-chicks baffled by the chick mind
I didn't enjoy this book in an ironic way, or in a it's-good-even-though-, or I-can't-believe-I-do-but-I-perversely-can't-help-it or any other angled, roundabout, halfway indirect from behind kind of way.... No. I sat on my couch and wolfed this thing down in one sitting while laughing my ass off.

I read it last spring when I decided I was curious about what "chick-lit" was, so that I could form an opinion and generally improve my likelihood of passing as a somewhat informed member of civilizatio...more
Yulia
This certainly wasn't a novel but, what's worse, it wasn't even a credible diary. Who records their mishaps while cooking and running late in their preparations? Perhaps if this were written in the phone-texting age, I could imagine someone constantly chronicling their every move, no matter how pressing the situation or how inane and empty the commentary, but as it is, this book serves as a frightening precursor to a new generation of books with no established atmosphere, characters, dialogue, o...more
Shriya
Let's review this book the Bridget way!
Reading goal for 2011: 35 books (not bad)
Books actually read: 38(v.g.)
No. of chick-lits supposed to be read in a year: 1 (fair)
No. of chick-lits actually read: 2 (including Bridget Jones's Diary )

But wait a second! Who can call Bridget Jones's Diary a chick-lit? That would be an insult to such a master-piece! No, Bridget is no wannabe chick-lit heroine and this book is certainly no trashy best-seller! Bridget Jones's Diary is definitely a piece...more
Annalisa
Nov 21, 2010 Annalisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Annalisa by: Lori
I'm torn as to how to rate this. On the one hand, Fielding nails the humor. Humor is very hard to capture in literature and I often found myself smiling or chuckling. But when I wasn't, I was exasperated with Bridget Jones. Fielding nails her too. Why do women insist on being proud of being so... shallow? Idiotic, blind about themselves and their lives, and obsessed with all the wrong things in life? I didn't sympathize with Bridget at all, nor did I really care about the holes she dug herself i...more
Manny
Cine Transat

Get up and make sensible plan. Will work hard on journal paper during day, then go for well-earned picnic at open-air movie theatre. Tonight's movie Bridget Jones's Diary (v. good). Make salmon florentine for picnic, will eat half there and save rest for tomorrow. Feel v. organized.

Hard to concentrate thoughts on journal paper. After lunch go back to bed, need to recover energy. Wake up again mid-afternoon. Decide to postpone working on paper until tomorrow, have to tidy apartment since guests c...more
Kira
Gawd, this book was criminally hilarious. I sat in the doctor's office waiting room literally snorting into my Nine West handbag (there's something really metal about being a minimum wage worker who chooses to buy labels instead of food) as I cradled my Kobo in my lap, with Bridget Jones and her life of ridiculous shenanigans all over the black and white screen. Needless to say, the people I waited with were unimpressed. They are probably not the first to wonder why someone like me would carry a...more
Kwesi 章英狮
I am not Bridget Jones!

My classmate beside me opened a cool notebook with a red leather jacket and a heart sculpted in the middle. I asked her what she's writing in her notebook while my professor keep on talking about carbohydrates, ruminants, and whatever scientific words with -lysis in the end. Because everyone is bored and so do I, I kept on sneaking her notebook and she kept on hiding it. Sorry, playing inside the classroom is illegal but my rules, my rules!

So I asked here face-to-face, as...more
Jennifer
Nov 20, 2008 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone who can laugh at their own baggage
Shelves: 2001, chicklit, fun, fiction
This was SUCH a FUN book to read. I read it in December - when family/holiday shit and self worth is really taking a beating. So to pick up this book and read about her holiday get togethers and her weight and smoking issues and family issues - and how she can make an ass out of herself in such a grand grand manner....well - it was just what I needed. To be able to sympathise and laugh at the same time? Priceless!
Cedony
I usually end up liking the books better than their film counterparts, but it worked the other way around for Bridget Jones's Diary for me.

While I loved the movie, this book was just a bit blah. Bridget irritated me with her whining and her desperation for a man. I hope that I won't be anything like that by the time that I'm nearing the big 3-0. The diary format of the writing annoyed me, but that might just be because I prefer books that are descriptive and have wonderful narrative.

Daniel Clea...more
Bonnie
Jan 23, 2008 Bonnie rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Older teens and up
Okay - I learned a few things from this book and I didn't think I would. For me, Ive been doing some pretty heavy reading over the past few weeks -- SWIMMING by Hershon, THE AMBER SPYGLASS bu Pullman. I wanted a break from all that was hard. I wanted to simply read and laugh a little and enjoy a lot. I picked BRIDGET JONES' DIARY because I hoped to read and not engage my intellect too much. Durr...

I really, really liked this book, for a number of reasons. Characters that I could relate to -- wei...more
Bonnie
Didn't know what to expect when picked the book up on spec. Ended up laughing out loud so often, my husband allowed me to read bits to him -- and he laughed just as much! (Now, this was a while ago, of course!)
Nick Black
if any of the characters from this book had been born two centuries earlier, they'd have died any number of Oregon Trail-like deaths or perhaps been sensibly culled in armed conflict. they'd have had a right to bitch up this bitchstorm like three bitches in a bitchboat, but unable to find publication, because Victorian England had the good breeding and stiff upper lip to send squealing little piglets like Bridget Jones into the convent, and her tribe of gormless chav fratboys would have been too...more
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Sarah
I read this book a number of years ago after it was recommended to me by a friend and ever since that moment I have been wishing that I could go back in time and smack her over the head and tell her to take the book and shove it.

I found the book to be deeply irritating with a central character that was nether funny nor likable. In any way shape or form. In fact Bridget Jones has got to be one of the worst literary characters I have ever come across as she is in turns a moaning, whiny, boring, in...more
Oana
There isn’t anything I could possibly say about Bridget Jones's Diary which wasn’t already said, so I will keep it simple. Bridget Jones takes the phenomenon known as chick-lit to a completely different level. If you have no idea who Bridget Jones is, nor you know nothing about the premise of the book/movie, that means you’re just an alien-spy, sent on Earth with genocide and forced-colonization purposes, so you don’t even deserve to know. All I can say is (and I guess I’m speaking for the entir...more
Jon
Judging by some of the reviews, I think its quite possible that it might be slighlty lost on the audience if not a Brit or spent time there. The book was such a success because she nailed the English sensibility, particularly, but not exclusivley female. Everyone either has an element of Bridget in them or knows someone like that. We do whinge, worry about the size of our arses, have to put up with naf jumpers for Christmas, occasionaly about having no friends and found alone eaten by alsations...more
Vish
I read this book for a contemporary section of an AP Literature Class.

To say the least, Fielding sells her soul to the idle masses to sell novels. I believe the only way BJD will be remembered in the literary canon is if the critics of the future look back at what a horrid generation we were.

A daughter of the greatest generation, Bridget Jones is an insecure, irresponsible, sex-driven woman who (to be fair) write clever, quippy journal entries of her life. The humor, at best, is a compensation...more
Tina
I've had this book on my shelf for a while now, when all of a sudden I feel an urge to drop the books I'm currently reading and just go with Bridget Jones's Diary. Having watched the movie about a gazillion times prior to reading the book (yes, a guilty pleasure I'm not ashamed of), I was quite prepared what to expect, and was a bit skeptical as to whether I'll like it that much now that I'm spoiled. But girl, did I like that book! Although in a format of a very untypical diary, the book gives a...more
Marsia
Aug 14, 2009 Marsia rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: nobody
Recommended to Marsia by: nobody
A novel by, say, Edith Wharton is like a twelve-course meal. By comparison, Bridget Jones's Diary is like a single potato chip: tempting and kind of amusing but not satisfying, fluffy rather than substantial--and quickly forgotten.
April
... I know.

So I know I'm not supposed to like Bridget Jones, with her obsessions over her weight and her single state and her constant attempts to improve herself to conform to a societal standard and blahblahblah.

But I do, so there.

I remember when this book came out and everybody was so in awe of how Fielding had managed to write a book that was spot on in terms of being a Singleton in a world of Smug Marrieds, and how a single woman in her 30s often worries about dying alone and being half-e...more
Jill
The simultaneous failure and masterstroke of this book is, of course, the fact that Bridget Jones is everyone. It’s a delightfully funny romp of a book; the pages turn quickly and the laughs come easily because every reader identifies with Bridget’s misfortune and neuroticism. But the fact that most readers will identify with her means that she’s probably not individualized enough—except in her case, with her zany ways, it’s likely that she’s too much of an individual, which paradoxically makes...more
Jasmin
Jul 06, 2010 Jasmin rated it 2 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People with high tolerance for crap
Bridget Jones's Diary was bloody horrible.

I once thought of myself as quite an intellectual being, but after reading this book, I felt that it has sucked all the IQ i once had (i refuse to believe that I had none to begin with, haha), since this book felt like a hundred pages of BLAH BLAH going on.

I wanted a light read, after literally being in the middle of gun point. I, who has zero tolerance for violence, needed something to cheer myself up. However, this book sucked the humor out of me. I do...more
Kate
we'll see if it's still 5 stars after a quick re-reading, but since I've been running into a lot of fuckwits lately, my money is on Jones...
UPDATE: indeed, still worth it after all these years. :) apparently, it doesn't matter which mr. darcy we're talking about, as they are all fabulous. found myself mildly annoyed at her going on about the disasters of weighing 130lbs, but the counting cigs, alcohol units and lottery tickets was as funny as ever.
Erica
I'm listening to the Bridget Jones books again in preparation for Mad About the Boy.

Phwah.

It's like meeting up with a friend you'd once been so close to but then lost touch with for about a decade and then she moved into town and you have been having lunch on Saturdays and laughing like crazy people but secretly, you're wondering how it is she's still such a ditz when it seems you've grown up so much.

I bought this book when it came out, loved it, identified with it; I was the right age at the ri...more
Danielle
I know two stars sounds harsh, but "it was okay" is just how I felt about this book. It was fine. Mildly entertaining, good pacing, and all ends happily. Plus, I read it in two days, which is exactly what I was looking for. That's one nice thing about chick-lit--you always know what you're getting.
So, a few thoughts: I didn't really get the whole diary thing. It didn't make sense as a real diary, because obviously no one is pausing in the middle of a dinner party disaster to make regular comment...more
KP Webster
What a depressingly bad book. ‘Helen Fielding is one of the funniest writers in Britain,’ says Nick Hornby on the front cover, ‘and Bridget Jones is a creation of comic genius.’ What in earth…? Why is he saying that? Did he want to sleep with her? Same goes for Salman Rushdie. ‘A brilliant comic creation,' blurbs Salman. 'Even men will laugh.’ Oh, Salman. Why is he saying that? Surely, if a book is genuinely funny, then people will laugh irrespective of their gender. Obviously. ‘Even men will la...more
Miranda Davis
I happened on this book while waiting in Heathrow airport for a flight back to NYC. (So I got the Picador edition) I nearly had to be restrained by the flight crew, I was laughing, snorting and cackling so hard and reading the funny parts to a curious passenger in the seat in front of me. (This was before full flights, air rage and strip searches for underpants explosives). Finally, a few attendants gathered and we all cried we laughed so hard.


I really regret that the publishing powers that be t...more
Holly
Jul 14, 2008 Holly rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: women who have been single, those who like chick-lit
Anyone who doesn't know the premise of Bridget Jones has been living under a rock for the past ten years, so I'll skip over that part. I read, re-read, and re-re-read this book before the movie came out in 2001. Since then I've re-watched the movie many times, but never did get back to the book again until just recently.

I had forgotten the differences between the two and it was fun to experience the book version once again, but this is one of those rare times when I have to admit, quite freely,...more
Kim
Well it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was no great work of art to my mind but it also wasn't insufferable dribble like I thought it would be. It was humourous enough to keep me going and the writing kept the book moving at a fast pace. I think I was forced to watch the movie once upon a time but could barely remember it apart from the key actors and I could easily picture Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver.

For a book that was based on Pride and Prejudice I think it did an alright job of...more
Airiz C
The Ironically Hilarious Tale of a 90s Woman's Despair about Singledom: that's what I and my bookworm friends used to call this book back in high school. I loved this novel for all the wit and whim embedded on each page, for the truths about love, friendship, and family, and of course for the existence of Bridget herself, an embodiment of our funny paranoia about--let's say, in Tumblr-speak--being "forever alone". Basically, our title character is a thirty-something editor of a publishing compan...more
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Helen Fielding was born in Yorkshire. She worked for many years in London as a newspaper and TV journalist, travelling as wildly and as often as possibly to Africa, India and Central America. She is the author of four novels: Cause Celeb, Bridget Jones’ s Diary, Bridget Jones:The Edge of Reason and Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination, and co-wrote the screenplays for the movie of Bridget...more
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The Edge of Reason (Bridget Jones, #2) Mad About the Boy (Bridget Jones, #3) Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination Bridget Jones's Diary and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason Cause Celeb

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