Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination (Helen Fielding ) 4* out of 4

If you take Bridget Jones, add a double shot of MacGyver, and serve on the rocks with a little umbrella, you might get Olivia Joules.  She’s brave.  She’s competent.  She may be entirely silly.

She’s at a cosmetic launch party when she meets a handsome stranger who reminds her of Osama bin Laden…

She keeps her Rules for Living in her carry-on bag:

1. Never panic. Stop, breathe, think.
2. No one is thinking about you.  They’re thinking about themselves, just like you.
3. Never change haircut or color before an important event.
4. Nothing is as bad or as good as it seems.
5. Do as you would be done by, e.g., thou shalt not kill.
6. It is better to buy one expensive thing that you really like than several cheap ones that you only quite like.
7. Hardly anything matters: if you get upset, ask yourself, “Does it really matter?”
8. The key to success lies in how you pick yourself up from failure.
9. Be honest and kind.
10. Only buy clothes that make you feel like doing a small dance.
11. Trust your instincts, not your overactive imagination.
12. When overwhelmed by disaster, check if it’s really a disaster by doing the following: (a) think, “Oh, fuck it,” (b) look on the bright side and, if that doesn’t work, look on the funny side.  If neither of the above works then maybe it is a disaster so turn to items 1 to 4.
13. Don’t expect the world to be safe or life to be fair.
14. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

One response to “Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination (Helen Fielding ) 4* out of 4

  1. I’m going to write #10 on the back of my credit card!

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