Cause Celeb Paperback – 2002
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And on a minor note, isn't it Cause Celebre? Not celeb?
What really kept me reading the book is that I really liked and empathised with Rosie. She seemed like a good person, and I could relate to her belief that she could change Oliver. Some of the scenes of their arguments were really realistic. The book was also quite amusing in parts. The London social scene was hilarious. The spoofing of celebrity was also quite humourous. Fielding has a very engaging style that allowed me to stay interested in the story. She makes some very good points about celebrity without being totally preachy.
I did wish that the celebrities had spent more time in Africa. The last third of the book was actually the best, when the celebrities were planning the benefit. I thought some of the more political stuff in the middle of the book dragged a bit.
Despite the fact that the book dragged in places, it was overall a very enjoyable read. Fielding's an excellent writer, and the story rings true to life. Definitely worth the read!!
With Helen Fielding's works you know you won't miss out on an adventure. Her work is a treat for the mind... Relax, and let Helen's magical storytelling bring you, first, into the celebrity of London, complete with the average sociopaths. We meet Rosie Richardson, a young woman struggling to find herself, lost amidst the glitz and glamour of the London elite.
Fate causes her scheming to land her in the heart of Africa, doing what she was [surprisingly] meant to do. Her plans lead her through tragedy and triumph, but all the while with Rosie learning her strengths as a woman. The characters are developed so brilliantly in this book, you will miss them the moment you put it down. The evolution of Rosie Richardson is fantastic, she is so real, and brings heart to the plight of Africa.
This book glides perfectly along the line of comedy and tragedy. Her work is brilliant, and this is another must-read by Fielding. Enjoy!
Now, don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad book and, if I hadn't first met Bridget, I might have liked Rosie Richardson, the TV producer turned end-world-hunger activist, a whole lot better. Fielding herself put it best, saying she thought "Cause Celeb" was a "better" book adding: "People criticize Bridget [for being shallow] but I wrote a book about a a serious issue ("Cause Celeb") and it made no money." And, let's face it, people starving to death in Africa, even in front of minor British celebrities, isn't terribly humorous.
Though Fielding does her best and "Cause Celeb" is far from a bad book--there are some very funny moments--it just doesn't hold up to the side-splittingly funny and eminently relatable, for most woman, woes of Bridget: lumpy thighs, louse boyfriends and crap jobs. And, anyway, who said "shallow" was a bad thing?
Most recent customer reviews
I loved this book! I was a bit apprehensive as I am a humanitarian myself but it was actually well researched. A great light funny fiction.Published 20 months ago by Annie
I loved Bridget Jones and Edge of Reason, but this is my favorite of the three. This book is a fascinating study of how anyone, even those assumed to be shallow, can give up their... Read morePublished on June 7 2002
I really enjoyed the fast pace and wit of the BJD books. Cause Celeb has none of the charm or pace of her later novels. Read morePublished on May 18 2002
i was psyched to find this book cause i loved bridget jones diary so much and im a huge fan of "brit-girl" books. this one started out horribly. Read morePublished on May 12 2002 by meghan
I really enjoyed Cause Celeb -- there were parts of many different characters which were extremely true to life and the book was quite funny overall. However, I thought Ms. Read morePublished on April 3 2002 by Kirbie Crowe
After having listened to both Bridget Jones novels (beautifully read by Tracie Bennett), Cause Celeb was a huge let down. It was the anti-Bridget Jones. Read morePublished on March 25 2002 by jpt816
...From the preening, two-timing celebrity boyfriend to going to jail on a set-up etc. it's really a shameful rip-off of Kathy Lette... Read morePublished on March 23 2002 by jumpy1
Fielding's "Bridget Jones' Diary" started a trend of wannabes, so reading this work written well before "BJD" was surprising and refreshing. Read morePublished on March 23 2002 by momazon
I feel like there should have been a warning on the cover "This is NOT like Bridget Jones" rather than all the Bridget comparisons. Read morePublished on March 12 2002