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'Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy' earns mixed reviews (+video)

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“Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy,” the third book by Helen Fielding centering on London resident and diary-keeper Bridget Jones, has earned mixed reviews so far.

The novel had already drawn ire from some fans after it was revealed that Bridget’s love interest, Mark Darcy, had died several years before “Mad” began and that Bridget is now a widow.

New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin began her review with the statement, “Bridget Jones, R.I.P.” and called Fielding’s series “once-lovable.”

“You’re not dead yet, but you might as well be,” Maslin wrote of Bridget. “The only conceivable reason to read about [Bridget] is that old habits die hard.”

Washington Post writer Jen Chaney was also not enamored with Fielding’s new book.

“While parenthood and profound loss may have forced Bridget to grow up in some ways, she hasn’t grown up much,” Chaney wrote. “And that’s one of this novel’s key problems…. Despite the addition of children, this seems like a Bridget Jones story we’ve already read, two times before, and that, for all its references to tweeting and texting, seems out of touch with the current moment.”

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