Bridget Jones's Diary
by Helen Fielding
Published: October 25th 1996
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 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow), number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)..."
Bridget Jones' Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget's permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.
Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 72 pounds but gains a total of 74. She remains, however, optimistic. Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and — like millions of readers the world round — you'll find yourself shouting, "Bridget Jones is me!"
*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
Nice read, but there's not much to say. I ended comparing this to the movie nonstop, since I've watched the movie like million and one times!
And I must admit, both have pros and cons. Book had less embarrassing moments, when the movie was filled with embarrassment. But the movie had more scenes with Darcy and Daniel, which I missed in the book.
I think I like the movie better, since I'm going to watch it yet again this Christmas (because you just have to watch it when it's Christmas!), but I don't see myself reading this again.
Oh, and I was all confused when there was all this talk about answering machines etc.! Then I had to check out when this came out, and realized I was only about 10 years old back then, and cellphones came few years later, so no wonder they didn't have cellphones..
But huge plus for the fact that this was written ages ago, yet still didn't feel outdated. Except for the part about answering machines.
Ditched: A Love Story
by Robin Mellom
Published: January 10th 2012
THERE'S A GIRL.
Justina Griffith was never the girl who dreamed of going to prom. Designer dresses and strappy heels? Not her thing. That said, she never expected her best friend, Ian Clark, to ask her.
AND THERE'S A BOY.
Ian, who always passed her the baseball bat, handle first.
Ian, who knew exactly when she needed red licorice.
Ian, who promised her the most amazing night at prom.
THEN THERE'S A DITCH.
But when Justina is ditched, figuratively and literally, she must piece together--stain-by-stain on her thrift store dress--exactly how she ended up dateless...with only the help of some opinionated ladies at the 7-Eleven.
To get the whole store, Justina will have to face the boy who ditched her. Can losing out at her prom ultimately lead to finding true love?
*MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS*
Extremely cute and quick read, but that's it. Didn't raise any kind of feelings, except sometimes I was a little bored and occasionally annoyed by the main character. The beginning was great, cause she's pushed out from a moving car and everyone's like W00T!, who would do that?!
But in the end.. Justina is pretty annoying with a whole lot of imagination, and Ian is the most thoughtful guy in the planet, and that guy doesn't actually exist. And hopefully neither does Justina.
Yet I can't hate this book, cause occasionally it was funny, even hilarious. And you can't really hate Justina, because she obviously have some issues, like a mother, who dresses her like a blueberry. And she obviously doesn't have any sense of style, so there's another reason to feel a little sorry for her..
Quick, brainless read, so if you're between books, you can read this.