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The Edge of Reason (Bridget Jones #2)

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The Wilderness Years are over! But not for long. At the end of Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget hiccuped off into the sunset with man-of-her-dreams Mark Darcy. Now, in The Edge of Reason, she discovers what it is like when you have the man of your dreams actually in your flat and he hasn't done the washing-up, not just the whole of this week, but ever.

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Penguin (Non-Classics) (first published January 1st 1999)
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Suzanne
The Colin Firth interview is hilarious! You just want to scream at Bridget to shut up and stop putting her foot in every time she opens her mouth! Just as wonderful as the first book!
Lisa
This book should be retitled as Bridget Jones: The Unnecessary Sequel. Bridget returns as the hapless and can't-get-it-together heroine with plenty of love, work and weight troubles. The first book has a happy ending and I thought that was the end of it. Since it's so successful, of course the author cannot resist conjuring contrived plot lines for Bridget's second adventure.

Bridget came across as charming and endearing in the first book but here she becomes annoying and irritating. I (or the r...more
Jennie
Weight: 867 lbs (due to entire Chipotle burrito bol still sitting in belly), cigarettes 0 (as don’t smoke), alcohol units 1 (responsible glass of red wine, for heart), calories 1557 (if Chipotle nutrition calculator can be trusted)

Have just finished reading Bridget Jones’s Diary: The Edge of Reason, aka BJD 2: THE DARCY STRIKES BACK. Still working out feelings re: sequel, as original was pure perfection, part of identity, Pride & Prejudice-related (so obviously superior to almost all other w...more
Jessica
Not quite as good as the original, nonetheless, spending more time with Bridget and her friends as they count alcohol units and worry about what underpants to wear on a date is a pleasant diversion.
Devon Hernandez
Fits of uncontrollable laughter. That would describe me reading this book. What a great followup to the first one! For those of you who have only seen the movie and not read the book, warning: the movie script cuts quite a bit out, and changes quite a bit. For instance, the whole lesbian thing in the movie? Never happened. The "other woman" who Bridget thought was after Mark really was after Mark in the book. Daniel Cleaver barely makes an appearance, just a brief few times, literally only 3 bri...more
Stephanie
After finishing Bridget Jones's Diary for the second time, I turned my attention to Bridge Jones: The Edge of Reason, by Helen Fielding, which I'd never read before. I have to say that with both books, there were definitely laugh-out-loud moments, although there were more with Edge of Reason than Diary.

I'm embarrassed to admit it took me at least to the middle of the book to realize that this book was a take-off of Persuasion. And once again, I admire Ms. Fielding's facility in translating a cla...more
Callista
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Jennifer
Not as good as the first but still worthy of attention.
Chevalier
Sunday 26 January

6 pm. My Bed. Writing critic on Goodreads Hurrah! Just finished quite good book. Will call friends and discuss about it. Now everyone can see how smart I am! Will write fantastic critic, one that will make everyone follow me, adore me, etc. Will be invited to review more books and will write for famous newspaper (Guardian or Times).
Yes, will write not only funny review but insightful.
Should have a little wine for to start creativity flowing.

6.01 Will go to shop and buy Silk Cu...more
Pam Geemul
It took me so long time to finish the book because I hated it. Totally and absolutely HATED it. Wanted to dispose of the book midway but convinced myself to go through it because I had flicker of hope that it might get better. But alas, I was so wrong. Bridget Jones must be one of the shallowest, most superficial characters I ever came across. One CANNOT have her life centered around losing weight and indulging in self pity for the simple reason that one has no boyfriend. Seriously, on nearly ev...more
Swissmiss
The great thing about this book is that it completely preserved the tone, voice, characterizations, and humor of the first Bridget Jones book. It is easy to read but not dumbed-down. In fact, the nearly telegraphic style makes the reader work just a bit harder than she is used to, in order to divine the meaning. So that's all good. Why, then, have I given this sequel only three stars, where the first book received five?

There were three things that led me to this decision... and at one point, I w...more
PurplyCookie
This is probably the one rare time I'd say that a book's sequel is much better than its predecessor.

In this continuation of her diary, Bridget again recounts the ups and downs of the single life, coupled by the indifference shown to her by Mark Darcy, her now established boyfriend. "Hurrah! The wilderness years are now over. For four weeks and five days now have been in functional relationship with adult male, thereby proving am not love pariah as recently feared." Add to Darcy's indifference...more
Chase A
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, a fictional work of British literature by Helen Fielding, is a whirlwind of a romance set in the city of Notting Hill. Bridget, the calorie, cigarette, and alcohol obsessed thirty year old, finds herself in unfortunate relationships that hardly ever work out for her. But eventually, she finds the man of her dreams, Mark Darcy. It has been “four weeks and five days [that she has] been in a functional relationship with an adult male,” portraying that she is not a...more
FlibBityFLooB
Quite different than the movie, but very enjoyable despite Bridget's vapid personality. I was really surprised to find the actor Colin Firth in the book... that would have been really hard to have in the movie considering he was playing Mark Darcy ;)

I loved the ending of the movie with the Firth/Grant girly-man fight. I liked the ending in the book with the whole murder plot and Darcy screaming naked.

Lots of good stuff. I was amused.

Audiobook was wonderful. Forgive my punctuation since I listene...more
Deborah Markus
Not as fresh and quotable as the first Bridget Jones book, but still a lot of fun. More entertaining if you're familiar with Persuasion, since her references (callbacks?) to it are hilarious. Too sleepy to type more. Read this book if you like funny.
Erica
As I've mentioned, I'm relistening to the Bridget Jones books because the new one is out and I'll be reading/listening to it soon; I feel I need to brush up on what happened ten billion years ago.

So.
Bridget.
I never liked this story as well as the first one, though time has mellowed my viewpoint a bit. I remember thinking that there is no way that much could happen to one person in the course of one year and not have more of an effect. I mean, hello! She got her boyfriend, she met Colin Firth, sh...more
Emily
When this came out I was so excited there was going to be more Bridget Jones, but was slightly less enamored by this one. Darcy was a bit of a schmuck, Bridget ever clueless finds herself in a world of trouble of because she is a ditz.

Disappointing.
Darla
I really enjoyed this book, even though it was virtually no where near how its portrayed in the movie!!! I have to say I am disappointed that the Mark Darcy from the books isn't exactly represented in the movies, he is much more funny and fucked up and sexual than the movies give him credit for!!! Its all good though, the book was hilarious all the same and once again, I wanted to tackle Bridget's ass and slap some sense into her for all her neurotic behavior!!!! Being done with this book now br...more
Tara Acton
Despite the fact that now that I'm reading this as an adult, I'm much more highly critical of Bridget's extreme shallowness and idiocy... this book is still an enjoyable read. Last time I read it, I was around 20, so I'm more in a place now to identify with Bridget.

It's been over 10 years since I last read it, and I was delighted to find one thing I'd forgotten: like the first book with Pride & Prejudice, this plot is loosely based on Jane Austen's Persuasion. If you're not a Jane Austen fa...more
Kim
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Brittany
Aug 26, 2008 Brittany rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Bridget Jones (the book, not so much the movies)
Recommended to Brittany by: Robyn
How I Came To Read This Book: I borrowed it from Robyn.

The Plot: Bridget Jones is back (just a mere month or so after the first book ends) and seemingly happy now that her and Mark Darcy are all lovey-dovey. Things start to crumble in dear Bridge's life however, when his coworker Rebecca sticks her nose into Mark & Bridget's relationship, wrenching them apart. Bridget, in between wine and chocolate binges, is busy however with other pressing manners including her best friend's wedding (to vi...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
(Note: This review is by a person who has enjoyed viewing the movie on numerous occasions prior to having the pleasure of reading the novel. However, because the movie version and novel version are vastly different, there is likely to be very little partiality or prejudice in this review, if any).

In this gloriously funny sequel to Bridget Jones's Diary, readers find themselves, once again, immersed in the chaotic and comedic world of Bridget Jones. If you expected Bridget to lose some of her neu...more
Jennefer
I didn't like the first book as much as I enjoyed the movie but I wanted to read it anyway cause I love the movie - the characters were much more superficial and I couldn't relate to Bridget as much. The story about her mother was pretty crazy - totally unbelievable - they tamed it down for the movie.

Anyway I thought I would try out the 2nd book thinking maybe the character had grown some but she was still just as bad and annoying and her friends were worse - being married and a mom I was reall...more
Ciarán West
Helen Fielding is basically the world's greatest feminist. In her first Bridget Jones book, she taught us that no woman is complete unless she has the love of a foppish, sub-Hugh Grant, barely heterosexual posh man to complete her. To add to the confusion, Bridget is in love with the actor Colin Firth, who they end up casting in the film as her actual love interest, Mark Darcy. If that wasn't confusing enough, they throw in Hugh actual Grant as the Bad Boy Whom All Women Are Attracted To In Spit...more
Margot
I don't remember absolutely loving the first book, so I wasn't expecting too much from this. But (listening in audio format), I absolutely loved it. Hilarious, fun, light, happy. A great light read between heavier works. And I really enjoyed the audio book reader, Barbara Rosenblat. Even her Mark Darcy voice was convincing.

Lastly, I didn't remember how obsessed Bridget Jones is with Collin Firth as Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. I found it extremely hilarious to learn about this obsession,...more
Jojo Richardson
I know- I'm officially lame. Whatever. It's good.

Aside: I was once sitting outside at a restaurant with a glass of wine and a book, when I got into a conversation with a couple sitting at the next table. After a few minutes of idle chat, the guy asked me what I was reading. I turned bright red, flipped the book over, and made some kind of weirdo apology because I was reading a Patricia Cornwell crime novel. I'm pretty sure I even said something very close to, "I usually have something much more...more
Goge
Don't you love when you try to write those damn Christmas cards and you try to be funny and wise and cool and all that? And then you take a glass of vine to get inspired? And a few days later all hell breaks loose? Well, I know what's like and I'm glad I'm not the only one. I liked book #2. She is still insecure and all over the place. Good relationship doesn't change your personality, don't we know that. We try to be our best version until reality bites you in the ass. One can't play a role all...more
Anne
I enjoyed Edge of Reason a bit more than the original. I think it had a little more depth (and I use that term veeery loosely) than the first Bridget Jones book. She grows a tiny bit as a character, and finally seems to come to terms with what it means to be an adult in love. Again, she grows a tiny bit...we're not talking about any huge spiritual epiphany here. This is, after all, Bridget Jones we're talking about.
As a big fan of the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, I also found myself smil...more
Nicola
I really liked this one! It was almost on par with the first one which was great; I was worried that this one would fall short. Bridget is as over dramatic and hilarious as ever and had me laughing out loud several times, especially at the start, which I adore in a book. I love reading about Bridget's bizarre everyday reactions with people and the interview with Colin Firth had me laughing for ages; it was hilarious. There was a few times when I got irritated and wished she'd just talk to Mark a...more
Melbourne on my mind
I reread this today for the millionth time. Having finished the first one yesterday, I honestly think I prefer this. Possibly because it's loosely based on Persuasion, which is my all-time favourite Jane Austen book. I absolutely adore the part where (view spoiler). It makes me tear up every time I read it.

I can't even begin to emphasise how much they mangled it into a pie...more
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“Keep thinking back about what Mum said about being real and the Velveteen Rabbit book (though frankly have had enough trouble with rabbits in this particular house). My favorite book, she claims of which I have no memory was about how little kids get one toy that they love more than all the others, and even when its fur has been rubbed off, and it's gone saggy with bits missing, the little child still thinks it's the most beautiful toy in the world, and can't bear to be parted from it.

That's how it works, when people really love each other, Mum whispered on the way out in the Debenhams lift, as if she was confessing some hideous and embarrassing secret. But, the thing is, darling, it doesn't happen to ones who have sharp edges, or break if they get dropped, or ones made of silly synthetic stuff that doesn't last. You have to be brave and let the other person know who you are and what you feel.”
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“9p.m. My flat. Feel very strange and empty. Is all very well thinking everything is going to be different when you come back but then it is all the same. Suppose I have to make it different. But what am I going to do with my life?
I know. Will eat some cheese.”
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