Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
am 18. Juni 2000
This is no great work of literature, in style and content both. My main gripe with the former is the narrator's tendency to lapse (and lazily so) into shorthand accounts - "For four weeks and five days now have been in functional relationship with adult male thereby proving am not love pariah as previously feared". It might engender realism but makes the flow of reading difficult.
With the latter, it's the one-dimensional characters who take up their stock roles with gusto (Evil Boyfriend-Stealer, Wacky and Worrisome Mother, Supportive Advice-Giving Food-Bringing Best Friends) and the out-of-this-world twists and turns in the plot. Still, such a book requires a certain suspension of disbelief for true enjoyment; and within its genre, it's among the best for sustainability of reader interest and humour.
Bridget as a character is very sympathetic, if somewhat unbelievable with her extraordinary bouts of stupidity that no educated working adult could possibly suffer from. She's genuinely nice, very funny and the underdog - it works everytime. Mark Darcy *must* be the perfect guy; allusions to Mr Darcy from good old 'Pride and Prejudice' are obvious, and writing in Colin Firth as a 'guest star' is both clever and hilarious.
The book even ends happily ever after (and, strangely enough, starts that way as well). It's easy reading and it makes one laugh out loud; perfect for a fun, frothy and mindless read.