Thursday, November 17, 2005

Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination by Helen Fielding

Reasons why I liked this book:

1. Olivia Joules likes to make lists, just like me. How could I not like a character that makes lists?
2. Olivia Joules is paranoid and carries a survival kit and an emergency hat pin with her at all times.
3. Olivia Joules has, as the title suggests, an overactive imagination. I can relate to that.
4. Unlike me, Olivia Joules's overactive imagination sometimes turns out to be right on target.

Over the past few weeks, I've read a number of books that are slightly humorous, or supposedly humorous, but I've not found them to be much more than clever or amusing. This book made me laugh out loud many times. I'm grateful that Helen Fielding didn't let herself get into the trap of writing endless books about Bridget Jones, and instead decided to branch out so that we could meet the hilarious Olivia Joules, who is an engaging character in her own right (although she has some Bridget-like qualities).

1 comment:

Laura said...

Olivia is definitely a very fun character -- and I like her lists too. The book is great brain candy.