|Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason|
Date: 30 January, 2001 — $10.50 — Book
A sequel to the original Bridget Jones' Diary, this novel takes place shortly after Bridget and the man of her dreams have hooked up. Naturally, Bridget's insecurities (and a poaching acquaintance) lead to a breakup, and just as naturally, the reader spends much of the book wondering how these two will end up back together again.
The joy of this type of novel is in the journey, not the destination, and the journey takes you past a crazy carpenter, a hilarious interview with Colin Firth (Mr. Darcy in the A&E Pride and Prejudice, and a subject of lust for Bridget and her female friends), a Masai from Kenya, the aforementioned Mark-Darcy-poaching woman, a naked Filipino kid, a death threat, and a Thai jail with Madonna-loving inmates. Bridget Jones exemplifies the school of "It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" and her utterly obsessive diary-keeping is a window into the mind of someone whose own writing points out why she has such a hard time getting along in life.
If you liked Bridget Jones in the first book, this one is just as entertaining.