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At the close of the last millennium, Helen Fielding debuted the irrepressible (and blockbuster-bestselling) Bridget Jones. Now, Fielding gives us a sensational new heroine for a new era...Move over 007, a stunning, sexy-and decidedly female-new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules (that’s "J.O.U.L.E.S. the unit of kinetic energAt the close of the last millennium, Helen Fielding debuted the irrepressible (and blockbuster-bestselling) Bridget Jones. Now, Fielding gives us a sensational new heroine for a new era...Move over 007, a stunning, sexy-and decidedly female-new player has entered the world of international espionage. Her name is Olivia Joules (that’s "J.O.U.L.E.S. the unit of kinetic energy") and she's ready to take America by storm with charm, style, and her infamous Overactive Imagination. How could a girl not be drawn to the alluring, powerful Pierre Ferramo-he of the hooded eyes, impeccable taste, unimaginable wealth, exotic international homes, and dubious French accent? Could Ferramo really be a major terrorist bent on the Western world’s destruction, hiding behind a smokescreen of fine wines, yachts, and actresses slash models? Or is it all just a product of Olivia Joules’s overactive imagination? Join Olivia in her heart-stopping, hilarious, nerve-frazzling quest from hip hotel to eco-lodge to underwater cave, by light aircraft, speedboat, helicopter, and horse, in this witty, contemporary, and utterly unputdownable novel deluxe. ...

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Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination Reviews

  • Kate
    2019-02-24 17:01

    The end of my three-book-long failed experiment in getting into chick lit. What an utter load of tripe: the story of a slim, beautiful, plucky and slim upstart English journalist who roams the world trailing along drooling hotel bellboys and sniffing out suspicious activity that eventually leads her not only to an underwater terrorist cave, not only to Osama Bin Fucking Laden, but to Hollywood where she FOILS A BOMB PLOT DURING THE ACADEMY AWARDS CEREMONY.If you're ok with that, go ahead and read the book; you're beyond help.

  • Preeti
    2019-03-01 17:10

    Damn. I never had so much fun without moving an inch. Bloody brilliant.Helen Fielding is finally back with a brand new heroine - Olivia Joules. Olivia is instantly likeable: down-to-earth, smart, self-made, and armed and ready to go with her own set of insecurities.As the title suggests, Olivia's seeming downfall is her overactive imagination. She is berated by her boss and friends equally for it, especially because, as a journalist, she's been known to botch up more than a few stories along the way.So this time, when a story about a possible major terrorist bent on the Western world's destruction waltzes in and invites her to his exclusive dinner party, she has to force herself not to get carried away.Olivia's adventures in the name of journalism take her all over the world, armed with nothing but her wits, her quick thinking, her Survival Tin, and her Rules for Living.The book starts dragging at some point, but when it finally gets out of that rut, it takes off again. I think that in this type of book - all about adventure and mystery - things have to happen fast, almost one of top of another, or it begins to drag. It becomes a bit unbelievable at certain points, but you can't fault it because it just goes with the storyline - and you need to have big imagination to keep up.You might even learn a thing or two: Rules for Living by Olivia Joules 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 either as good or as bad 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, but 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 and 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. Added during her adventures: 15. Don't regret anything. Remember there wasn't anything else that could have happened, given who you were and the state of the world at that moment. The only thing you can change is the present, so learn from the past. 16. If you start regretting something and thinking, "I should have done..." always add, "but then I might have been run over by a lorry or blown up by a Japanese-manned torpedo."Advice for Life: "I don't feel good," she said. "Bloody good thing too," he said. "Never feel good. The corruption of the good by the belief in their own infallible goodness is the most bloody dangerous pitfall in the human spectrum. Once you have conquered all your sins, pride is the one which will conquer you. A man starts off deciding he is a good man because he makes good decisions. Next thing, he's convinved that whatever decision he makes must be good beacuse he's a good man. Most of the wars in the world are caused by people who think they have God on their side. Always stick with people who know they are flawed and ridiculous."Highly recommended for a fun time.

  • Jen
    2019-02-21 20:56

    Try very hard not to compare to Bridget Jones because that one was just in a world by itself (I love laughing until I cry and it's one of VERY FEW that were successfully told on screen - Renee Zellwegger is perfect for that part!). Okay, back to OJATOA (that title's too long to write!). * Title: Too long but it's sort of part of the humor* Hilariously NOT NOT NOT believable at all* The main character stereotypes people in the most ridiculous ways - you want to just slap her on the head - I suspec this was the author's intention so when you keep that in mind, it's pretty funny to see how stupid our main character can be and how her stupidity gets her into the most interesting situations. Okay, perhaps stupid is harsh - she most certainly does have an overactive imagination though.Overall, it's funny and cliche and goofy - a very very very easy read.

  • Krista
    2019-02-23 20:55

    What I liked about this book is that it was a surprise. I don't understand why some readers berated this book for not being Bridget Jones' Diary. It was written by the same author who obviously wanted to write about something else for a change. I also enjoyed it because I've always had a secret desire for espionage.I was expecting another chick-lit story, but was pleased to find myself reading a light-hearted comedic chick-lit spy thriller. It became hard to put down to prepare meals for my family, do laundry, you know the mundane everyday tasks that prevent us from reading. I just wanted to find out "who dunnit". I'm proud to say that I only peeked at the last page for a second because toward the end of the book the story was so suspenseful. I finished this book at 2:30 AM today (don't comment - I know I'm crazy) and I liked it a lot. It was a spy thriller with a humorous and light-hearted story line with some romance, travel tips, scuba diving scenarios, spy equipment, etc. I loved the quirkiness of the heroine of the book, Olivia aka Rachel, who is a journalist with a sad story. She carries a survival kit wherever she goes as well as a hat pin (as her mother instructed) to protect herself. She's covering a story in Miami when a terrorist attack occurs and she finds herself in the middle of it. She suspects her recent aquaintance Pierre, a rich playboy who's bringing it on strong, of being involved in the attack and sets out to prove his connection to the tragedy. Her quest to get to the bottom of things takes her on an adventure with some serious perils and romantic entanglements that keep the story interesting and fast-paced.

  • Valissa
    2019-03-05 13:08

    Rules for Living by Olivia Joules1. 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 either as bad or 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 and 4.13. Don't expect the world to be safe or life to be fair.

  • Julz
    2019-03-19 20:55

    I was drawn to this book since I loved Bridget Jones, adore South Beach, and have been accused of having an overactive imgination, but I was sorely disappointed. I found it over-the-top and silly. It completely lacked the absurdity-meets-reality of the Bridget Jones books.It made me wonder if Fielding is one of those authors who should stick to writing only what they know.

  • Greg Bascom
    2019-03-06 20:48

    I read this novel twice in as many weeks, the first time zipping along sniffing the eccentric aromas of lovely silliness laced with adverbs about a pert blonde British freelance journalist with the essential ingredient for a M16 spy, an overactive imagination. Skimming along, oblivious of details, not looking for clues, I enjoyed what I presumed delightful nonsense although with the haunting suspicion of missing something.So I read it again. With foreknowledge of important characters like the close-cropped blond and the hairy bellboy, I listed them, noting on which page they appeared and reappeared. Like Olivia Joules I googled my suspicions. Takfiri are in fact followers of Takfir wal Hijira. Popayan is a colonial city in Colombia, not one of the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras, yet Helen Fielding captured the ambiance of those islands as I know it. (I lived in La Ceiba for seven years.)On second reading I paused to consider the subtext on frivolity, arrogance and despite and appreciated that Ms. Fielding didn't explain the technicalities of scuba diving. In the end I resolved to respect pert ladies with overactive imaginations and listen to their stories. They're not as farfetched as they seem.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-13 13:02

    I remember reading a snarky review of this when it first came out, and I see that the average rating here at Goodreads isn’t all that high. Maybe those who dislike it are comparing it unfavourably with Bridget Jones’s Diary, which I know is very popular. I still haven’t read Bridget, and I thought I would start with Olivia and judge it on its own merits, because a friend highly recommended Olivia to me. I liked it. It’s a fun, entertaining read. Olivia is a fun character-—part plucky reporter, part budding spy, part melodramatic schoolgirl. I loved her little survival kit. A quibble: I thought Scott sounded almost like Austin Powers when he started saying “baby” in almost every sentence; and Scott did not strike me as an Austin Powers type. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the TV shows Alias and Chuck. Fans of Elizabeth Peter’s Amelia Peabody might also give it a try (Amelia would approve of Olivia’s clever use of a hatpin).

  • Lilly Wood
    2019-03-19 19:05

    Soooooo I will admit that this started a little slow for me, but thankfully I'm curious and wanted to know the outcome! I don't want to ruin anything but I will say it was worth the read and I loved it!

  • beatricks
    2019-03-07 19:04

    Just remembered I wrote this review back in 2007:I was interested to see how a writer of such iconic books [Bridget Jones] would do outside her established area of success. Fielding obviously set out to make this book quite different: besides the occasionally omniscient third-person narration, Olivia is extremely unlike Bridget: focused on her career rather than finding love, and socially confident as well as secure in her looks. She's competent, skilled, and globally-minded. Instead of a romantic comedy, this is an occasionally comedic espionage thriller, starring Olivia the journalist as she uses her female intuition and social skills to investigate an al-Qaeda terrorism plot in a post-9/11 world of glitterati and hippie divers.(as bizarre as that summary is, it gets bizarre-er. spoilers but you don't want to read this book anyway, don't worry.)PROBLEMS:1. The narration is terrible. Fielding really doesn't seem to grasp the inner mechanics of third-person narration — there's no build to it, no deeper insights, and the pacing is awful. In a diary, short and sometimes incoherent descriptions were germane to the format. Here they just make no sense. Sample painful description, from when our heroine is being held hostage underwater by an enemy and occasionally given air from a scuba tank to breathe: "It was crazy, but good." What?? She uses these dead words and outright telling all over the place, but her prose isn't minimalistic enough to justify it as a style choice. And then, and then, and then, and the tone doesn't change whether she's at a party or seconds from death. Relatedly, her description of action/suspense sequences are stilted and confusing. She doesn't give enough visual cues to explain wtf is going on, or make sense of her settings, and meanwhile Olivia's emotions are inaccessible and when we do know them, often seem inappropriate given the situation. Usually we're just told these thoughts, but occasionally we read her actual thoughts, which is always headdesk-worthy because when this happens, it's inconsistent: first she thought in the present tense, and suddenly she's thinking in the past. WHY?!2. This book is pretty racist. Well, it's hard to quantify how racist the main plot is: Olivia meets a "dark" man who she immediately pegs for an Arab and a terrorist. Fielding hangs a lantern on it by having Olivia questions herself as being possibly racist, and her suspect claims that he was posing as not-an-Arab to escape that kind of stereotyping, but ... he really is a terrorist. Obviously this is ooky, particularly the "dark" descriptor that pops up several times, but given that it is a post-9/11 spy thriller, it seems somewhat of the Bond tradition where of course the enemy is going to be a dirty commie, or what have you. It makes for unsettling reading, however, and never gets better. Meanwhile, that's not the only kind of racism going on here: in a two-page sequence set in the Mexico City airport, Fielding packs in so many ridiculous stereotypes about Mexicans and Central Americans that in retrospect I'm not even sure why I kept reading. Mexican men wear cowboy boots! Mexicans are laid-back to the point where their airplanes regularly get lost because LOL QUE PASA? Mexicans don't care if there are problems, because Mexicans solve all problems with tequila! Similar hijinks ensue in Egypt and the Sudan, but I happened to pick up on this in particular because I have many ties to Mexican culture and have actually spent a lot of time in the real Mexico City airport, which is how I know for certain that this writing isn't just offensive, it's also...3. BADLY RESEARCHED & IMPLAUSIBLE AS FUCK. There are so many incidental factual errors I caught in this book that I can only imagine how intensely wrong the last third of the book, which is a wildly unbelievable crash course with the MI6 and al-Qaeda, must be. Besides making MEX sound like a podunk bus stop (hint: it's the airport for the second largest city in the world, fuck no it doesn't have cowhide chairs), she even mentions Homeland Security's terror alert levels and yet allows Olivia to fly out of Miami the same day as a terrorist attack there, and continue to globe-trot via planes, and two different passports, despite a series of terrorist attacks that would, in the real world, ground air traffic for who knows how long. Apparently neither MI6 nor the CIA have any investment in remaining covert, as MI6 goes around informing all of Olivia's friends and employers that she's with them, and a CIA agent (who wields a lot of power within the agency, is a computer genius, and an undercover master of disguise) identifies himself as CIA onstage at the fucking Oscars in order to make an announcement anyone could have made. Adrien Brody's name is now Adrian, twice. And insult of insults: "In southern California alone we have major shipping ports in the Bay Area, Ventura, Los Angeles, and San Diego."OH NO YOU DI-IN'T.By the way, Olivia Joules has crazy hunches a lot, and they are (almost) ALWAYS RIGHT. Her overactive imagination is actually a keen intuition that, paired with social skills, is the reason why there should be moar female spies!! Oh the gloriously girly unorthodoxy!4. Gender and sex fail. The premise, mentioned just above, is problematic, although I can see what I think Fielding intended: Olivia's instincts were written off as imagination because she was dismissed as a silly girl, when really it is her feminine intuition that gives her strength. So, okay, she's like Buffy the Vampire Slayer of spies. And she is rewarded, of course, with a hot spy boyfriend (the aforementioned important CIA wunderkind). I approved briefly, because who loves hot spysex and bossy men with guns? Oooh, me, me! Excellent, until he turns out to be such a condescending douchebag, who addresses her exclusively as "baby" once the hot spy bickering is out of the way, that I was ready to believe he was a double-crossing al-Qaeda agent, just because I hated him and couldn't believe that this jerk was supposed to be the happy ending.

  • Georgiana 1792
    2019-03-12 16:57

    Ho letto assurdità che non stanno né in cielo né in terra. Chissà cosa si era fatta la Fielding prima di scrivere questo libro...

  • Moonlight
    2019-02-24 13:54

    События развиваются настолько быстро,что иногда не успеваешь уловить суть. Столько всего замешано, вот тебе и журналиста с бурной фантазией, с постоянной паранойей,что вот вот должна быть где-то сенсация и даже в мелких казалось бы деталях ,будь то "презентация крема, завязан скрытый умысел отравить все человечество. Честно, даже на середине я продолжала думать"ну когда же ты, Оливия, перестанешь искать приключения на свою жо**", но судя по развитиям она нашла!!! Вообщем, кто ищет тот, всегда найдёт. Книга интригует и захватывает, в целом мне понравилось. Просто , если чтец сверяет много фактов и ожидает супер-захватывающий детектив -это не про эту книгу. героиня не обладая никакими шпионскими-физическими навыками побеждает всех плохих парней, напоминает сказку...для легкого интригующего времяпрепровождения пойдёт;)6thEvents develop so quickly that sometimes you do not have time to catch the essence. So many things are involved, here's a journalist with a stormy fantasy, with constant paranoia that there should be somewhere a sensation , even in small seemingly details, whether it's a presentation of a cream, a hidden intention to poison the entire humanity . In the middle I kept thinking, "Well, when will you, Olivia, cease to seek adventure for your ar **", but judging by the developments she found! In general, whoever searches for something,will always find it. "The book intrigues and captures, as a whole I liked it. It's just that if the reader checks a lot of facts and expects a super-exciting detective story-this is not about this book.) The heroine, without any espionage-physical skills, defeats all bad guys, reminds a fairy tale ... for a light intriguing pastime will go;)

  • Mistress ~ ♠ Mistral's Kiss ♠ ~ (Mist)
    2019-02-16 18:10

    Usually reading Brit chick lit results in eye clawing and mental shrieking. What can I say the phrases used and the regurgitated spunky yet clueless inner monologues irk the depths of my soul. I didn’t have those issues with Olivia Joules and the overactive imagination. So pigs must be flying in hell.That doesn’t mean I like this book though. Olivia annoyed the sh#t outta me. She is another in the long line of too stupid to live heroines, who taint my reading life. We discerning booksluts ought to rise up and cull them from the literary herd braveheart style.In a commercial break from my murderous rant lets get back to the review at hand. Olivia J-O-U-L-E- S (like the unit of energy not the shiny baubles will be from here on out referred to as OJ the orange of juice not the former football playing murder suspect) is a failing journalist seemingly plagued by attention deficit disorder and paranoid schizophrenia.Her situation translated: Oh Noez, my career is stagnant because I keep handing in articles about the stupid crap I make up instead of my assignment. My response to her situation translated: Bleh,cry me a river. Anyways things kick off when she’s subtly demoted from news to the style section of whatever newspaper she works for and is sent to some skin cream launch in Miami. Enter mysterious French Arabic dude who wants to make sweet jihad all over her zexy body. He supposedly makes slug skin cream and movies. She instantly decides he’s Osama bin Laden ( <-her words not mine) but then decides he’s just an al-Qaeda operative so she’s game for tongue wrestling. Stuff is blown up and * shock & awe* our jet setting sheik has dropped it like its hot flying the coop. So now OJ and 4 out of 5 doctors agree slug cream dude is a terrorist . So it makes perfect sense that she follows him to LA then accepts an invitation to his resort in (tropical place). C’mon look at that face of course she can trust him. So what if she doesn’t know him from adam and if he continues to lie about being a director? At least he’s stopped lying about being french. Now Ladies, that’s nothing to shake a stick at. All the while during OJ’s travel awkward and clumsy hijinks ensue. I guess they are supposed to funny but they just cement how much I loathe her.Pop quiz time kiddies: You just accepted a strange man and possible terrorist’s invitation to go diving at his private tropical resort. En route after some travel issues you find 5 kilos of cocaine in your carry on luggage ( btw why is coke always mentioned in 5 kilo bundles in film and novels? Why not 3? Or 8?). what do you do?Well if your OJ you flush it down the the porta-potty toilet and continue on with you to your death wish destination. Ha ha ha ha…. What a bunch of giggles. This is my stop, time to get of this ride. After 3 failed attempts to finish the remaining 1/2 of this bunk; it’s time to throw in the towel. I can’t bring myself to read anymore . Someones obviously gonna get eaten by sharks at some point…if only it could be her. If any of you fine folks out there in the e-world possess the perseverance to complete this book; please drop a comment with your take on it. Did it make you laugh? Cry? Tremble with rage and annoyance?

  • Anastasia
    2019-02-20 12:58

    Ma perché ogni protagonista della Fielding si ritrova cocaina nella valigia..?(I ain't happy, I'm feeling glad, I got sunshiiine in a bag, I'm useless but not for looong the future is coming ooon is coming oooon is coming oooon..)Scusate, è che ogni volta che si nomina la polvere bianca mi vengono in mente i Gorillaz. Comunque mi sembra chiaro che Bridget Jones è la regina indiscussa delle chick-lit, non c'è storia - Sophie Kinsella? Ma chi è, pff - e Olivia Joules in confronto è una cacchetta.Secondo me la Fielding è la classica artista che sforna una perla e poi non riesce più a fare niente all'altezza. Mi ricordo il suo stile brillante nei due libri di Bridget, e non ci ritrovo nulla qui. Se non vedessi il suo nome in copertina, non sospetterei neanche che sia della stessa autrice. Già dalle prime pagine mi chiedevo se mi fossi persa il suo funerale.Un libro moscio, con un'Olivia perfettamente stereotipata. Segue il canone della classica ragazza sbadata, single, un tantino stupida, e prevedibilmente circondata in breve tempo da uomini piuttosto fighi. Boh, dev'essere che più sei sfigata più la tua probabilità di essere circondata da bei maschioni aumenta. Almeno, questo nel cinema e nei libri di un certo genere. A proposito degli uomini di questo libro. Non mi ricordo in quale recensione, ma avevo detto di avere un debole per gli agenti segreti, e ora aggiungo anche per gli uomini in smoking, e allo stesso tempo non sopporto chi chiama una donna "piccola", mi crea dei fastidiosi tic al sopracciglio. Questo spiega le mie difficoltà con l'agente segreto Rich. E' stata una battaglia dura, ma sono tornata sana e salva. Ora vorrei comunicare il mio più sincero sconforto ai seguenti che sono stati tirati in ballo nel romanzetto in questione: un "mi dispiace" a Tim Burton, Osama Bin Laden, Helena Bonham Carter, Brad Pitt (che poi io stimo Brad, è un attore come si deve), Meryl Streep e sicuramente qualcun'altro. Inoltre voglio chiedere a tutte le scrittrici chick-lit: ma se la storia non è assolutamente assurda, ..non vi divertite? No, ditemelo, perché io non capisco. Parlo anche a te, Sophie.E poi vogliamo lasciare in pace 'sti miliardari? Io a volte sospetto che le signorine siano tutte vittime di fantasie erotiche su di loro. Che poi i miliardari nella realtà di certo non considerano nemmeno le poveracce.Lo so che non si dovrebbero fare i confronti quando si giudica un libro, ma io non riesco proprio a non pensare alla mita che è Bridget Jones e al puntino insignificante che è Olivia Joules. Storia non proprio brillante, accettabile nel suo insieme, ma se non fosse stata scritta non sarebbe morto nessuno.

  • Laura
    2019-03-12 18:07

    ‘Olivia Joules and the Over-Active Imagination’ is a stand-alone novel from ‘Bridget Jones’ author Helen Fielding.I have read and enjoyed both Bridget Jones books and Helen Fielding’s previous novel, ‘Cause Celeb’. However, I was a little reticent about reading this as I thought that after her success with Bridget Jones, Fielding would continue in the same vein but would find it hard to recreate another character as individual and captivating as Bridget. I was pleasantly surprised; this turned out to be very enjoyable and original.Now I’m not claiming that the character of Olivia Joules is by any means as lovable as Bridget Jones, but you can relate to her to a certain extent. The novel centres around her adventures as a journalist desperate to be taken seriously but, with a reputation of letting her imagination getting the better of her, she is stuck writing articles on face creams. When she spots Osama Bin Laden at a party in Los Angeles she knows that this is her big chance and she won’t rest until she proves herself right. What the reader needs to work out is whether she is in fact just being paranoid or whether there could in fact be some truth behind her claims.What starts off as a run-of-the-mill article soon leads her into a huge quest encompassing Miami, LA, the Caribbean and Arabia, enlisting the help of the secret services, being invited to the Oscars, and trying out as any spy gadgets as she can get her hands on!It’s quite interesting to read what is essentially a girlie spy novel. It contains some hilarious moments as well as some very exciting edge-of-your-seat type stuff with plenty of twists and turns. I think that Fielding’s characters are so successful because she writes them with such conviction that you understand them and their actions completely, even though they may do some stupid things and end up in ludicrous situations.I don’t think that Helen Fielding has let herself down with this novel. It’s more a case that Bridget Jones was such a gem of a character that whatever came after would never quite live up to expectations. As long as you can block Bridget from your mind before you begin to read this you should really enjoy it!

  • Lucy
    2019-03-02 18:43

    Last week I was having real reading trouble. Nothing on my TBR pile (either in paper books or e-books) inspired me, I was tired and run-down with a cold, I had next to no concentration, and what energy and concentration I did have I was using for work. I tried to read my current paperback, I tried a few things on my kindle, nothing was working. I needed something light and easy, and, well, I don’t usually go for light and easy, so there wasn’t anything of that type around.However on Wednesday I went to a coffee shop which just so happened to have a bookcrossing shelf. I thought why not have a look? I might find something to fix my slump. Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination is what I came back with.I read Bridget Jones’ Diary when I was about 17 (I think) when it was at the height of it’s popularity (wow that’s like 8 years ago…I’m still 21 dammit!), and at the time I didn’t really get the hype around it. It was ok but nothing special when it came to chick-lit (and I read a fair bit of it at the time). I didn’t really like Bridget, I found her to be a bit of an idiot to be honest. Maybe I would have got it more if I was a 30-something singleton…maybe not…I don’t know.Anyway I expected Olivia Joules to be a similar fit. Easy to read but a bit of fluff. I had never looked into reading it because I didn’t like Bridget Jones, so why read something I thought would be similar? I was wrong though. Well maybe sometimes Olivia is an idiot, she jumps to conclusions, but when she is it tends to be funny rather than annoying. There was a little bit of love fluff but mainly it was a bit of a mystery/crime/action story, and that made it much more enjoyable. The funny made it not like other action type books, and because of Olivia’s overactive imagination I was always second guessing myself, not sure what was going to be true and what would be imaginary. It was a little far-fetched but I think that worked well with her having an overactive imagination.It still had the readability of Bridget Jones but plot wise I much preferred it. It was the perfect thing to get me out of my reading slump.

  • Carmen
    2019-02-17 18:43

    This was an interesting read that took me on a bit of a roller coaster of opinions. At first it felt a lot like Bridget Jones, which I didn’t like because I was hoping for something different. But then things picked up and got super interesting. I went on my own little adventure right along with Olivia, and had a lot of fun with it!For the most part, I was pretty impressed with the plotline and reveals. Usually I find I’m able to figure things out long before they’re revealed to the reader, which makes it less exciting when we get there. That wasn’t the case here! Every time I thought I had things figured out, there was a reveal and I was proven wrong. It might sound weird, but I love that!I also enjoyed the fact that the book was tied so much to current events (9/11 and terrorism in general). In a world where the characters are sometimes unbelievable, tying it into events that I have actually seen myself keeps everything firmly rooted in the realm of realism. But that may just be for me... One thing I’ve learned over my own writing “career” (I’m not published, but love writing) is that it can be dangerous to include events like these because they quickly become dated. So it’s a risky move, but it worked for me.The ending was a wee bit of a letdown, though. While it was still exciting and fun, it was something I’d seen before (Miss Congeniality comes to mind...) I just found myself wanting... more. I was actually hoping there might be a sequel to show what happens next, but it appears there isn’t one. At least, not yet... Here’s hoping – there’s still time!

  • Helen Moyes
    2019-03-07 12:54

    Light thriller, with great twists.Olivia Joules either has an overactive imagination, or she is in danger.The journalist turns female Bond/ grown up Nancy Drew, enjoying travel, survival skills, thrills & trying to work out who (if anyone) can be trusted.And yet I could relate to the character from the 6 reasons she likes hotels, packing strategies,being accident prone, reflections on life to her 14 rules of living:1.Never panic. Stop, breath, think2.No one is thinking about you. They're thinking about themselves (to counteract social nerves)3.Never change haircut or colour before an important event4.Nothing is either as bad or as good as it seems5.Do as you would be done by6.It is better to buy one expensive thing that you really like than several cheap ones that you only quite like7.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 failure9.Be honest & kind10.Only buy clothes that make you feel like doing a small dance11.Trust your instincts, not your overactive imagination12.When overwhelmed by disaster, check if it's really a disaster by doing the following:a) think, "Oh [email protected]#$%^&* it"b) look on the bright side and if that doesn't work, look on the funny sideif neither of the above work, then maybe it is a disaster so turn to items 1 & 513.Don't expect the world to be safe, or life to be fair14.Sometimes you just have to go with the flow

  • Janny
    2019-03-08 17:47

    The cover: Enter Olivia Joules, fearless, dazzling, independent beauty-journalist turned master-spy - a new heroine for the twenty-first century. In Miami for a face-cream launch, she spots Pierre Ferramo across a room. Dangerously charismatic and undeniably gorgeous, with impeccable taste, unimaginable wealth and exotic international homes, he seems almost too good to be true. But what if Ferramo is actually a major terrorist bent on destruction, hiding behind an smokescreen of fine wines, yachts and actresses slash models? Or is it all just a product of Olivia's overactive imagination?From the white heat of Miami tot the implants of LA, the glittering water of the Caribbean to the deserts of Arabia, Olivia pits herself against the forces of terror armed with a hatpin, razor-sharp wits and very special underwired bra.I did enjoy reading the book. Sometimes funny, a bit absurd, chicklit and thriller at the same time. Although Olivia is a bit less hopeless then Bridget I couldn't get the image of Bridget Jones out of my mind whilst reading the book. And yes, Olivia sure's got an overactive imagination. I would have liked a bit more suspense and to my liking the story really is too unbelievable. That's why mu judgement is less generous, two stars.

  • Manuelle Mary
    2019-03-19 21:10

    This book, I believe, completed my Helen Fielding collection and I can't be more than glad. I spent like less than 100Php for all her 4 books, and practically speaking, THAT'S A LOT OF SAVINGS THERE.I was enchanted by the sudden coming of Morton C, not believing they'd be together in the end. I also love the character of Olivia slash Rachel. I wish I had her guts to follow a suspected (and notorious) criminal like Pierre, and experience a lot of devastating and outrageous scenes.I'm giving it 3 stars not because I was bored. In fact, I was very entertained the whole time I read the book. It's just that I felt frustrated about Pierre not being Bin Laden. It could have been better when he was Bin Laden and really trapped or kidnapped Olivia then exhibit her agent-like character. Then eventually be saved by Scott Rich in a somehow dramatical manner to add more spice to their love story.Overall, I REALLY had fun. Helen, please write more books. I'll be looking forward.

  • esterb
    2019-03-02 18:02

    Brid­get Jones meets James Bond — result: Olivia Joules (that’s “J.O.U.L.E.S. the unit of kinetic energy”), another char­ac­ter of Helen Fielding’s fan­tas­tic mind. In the mood for an easy read and hilar­i­ous story? Pick up this book and you’ll have a great cou­ple of days.After these pos­i­tive lines I feel the need to say that this is really not a Brid­get fol­low up. For me this book is not as good as the first Brid­get Jones book. The char­ac­ters are a lit­tle more flat and two-dimensional and some of the events, espe­cially at the end and con­clu­sion went a bit too far and were a bit too much for me. But, don’t let this hold you back pick­ing up the book; great comic tal­ent as we’re used to from Helen Field­ing. Her style and choice of words will surely gen­er­ate some laugh-out-loud moments.Just don’t expect Bridget!

  • Kelsey
    2019-02-22 16:53

    I actually want to give this book three and a half stars. I picked it up because I really enjoyed the two Bridget Jones books (there some of the only books I've read that actually made me laugh out loud), and this is by the same author. Similar to the Bridget books, it's funny in an absurd kind of way, and I *did* enjoy the fact that this female lead was a bit less idiotic and hopeless (though lovable!) than Bridget. And yet this book just didn't have the same insight and sharp humor I expected from Fielding. The story was way over-the-top, but undeniably entertaining. If you want a light, fun, travel-type book and/or if you're a fan of Fielding, it's worth picking this book up.

  • Natalie
    2019-03-05 20:58

    Wow - that was AWESOME!I finally got a book with an interesting female main character who is just enough ditzy and just enough smart to be entertaining. There's everything in that plot - hot guys, mysterious strangers, fashion, journalism, travel, adventure, just enough romance, just enough of a scare, underwater world, beaches, terrorists. How did Helen Fielding ever manager to mix all of that together and not be cheesy?I kept guessing and missing how the plot will evolve throughout entire book (isn't it the best?)Loved it!

  • Blain
    2019-03-04 16:09

    What can one say of a book when you live in a county where finding anything to read in english is a challenge. Well one can say that it was mostly an easy read and as far as entertainment it's passable although often laughable. As far as any complaints the largest would have to be wanting to slam an editor against a wall for letting Fielding get away with random over use of page breaks many times without any change in location, time, or even voice for that matter. Arggg! If I could I would give it 2 1/2 because it's not my cup of tea, but its not terrible so I'll let it fall on three.

  • Nick Davies
    2019-02-21 17:47

    I had enjoyed both the Bridget Jones books, and the first film, but this was a disappointment. Perhaps having no preconceptions or less familiarity with the main character meant that I judged her (and the book) more harshly, but this just seemed to be a novel about some deluded woman. The use of more 'serious' plot devices such as espionage and terrorism failed to add anything of value. Yes, there were laugh-out-loud moments, and I know as a straight man in his mid twenties I wasn't the target audience, but I thought this was basically twaddle.

  • Gouthami
    2019-02-22 17:57

    Mills & Boon meets John Le Carre - actually it is much better than that! Vintage Helen Fielding - makes you feel like you are the heroine. Totally enjoyed at least the first half of the book. And then of course I wonder why my life is so boring and I never seem to run into these complete hunks who totally flip for me - I guess that is where fact and fiction part :)

  • Kristin Dow
    2019-03-14 13:49

    A light, fluffy read. Fielding is always clever and is a talented writer, packing the occasional powerful description and one-liners, but the story never grabbed me. It dragged and I felt more obligated to finish than wanting to. And hate it when a love interest calls the heroine "baby." Gag. Can sense Fielding trying to break away from Bridget Jones, but fell flat.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-01 12:56

    I prefer Fielding's other non-Bridget book Cause Celeb, but this was an easy, fluffy read. There were parts of it that felt kind of sloppy, but the witty humor helped. It took me a lot longer to read this than I intended and I forgot about some of the minor side characters (one of whom became more important), but oh well. The end was stupid but –again– oh well.

  • Andreea Obreja
    2019-03-17 20:52

    It was exactly like an action film with a funny heroine. The ending is the best and I was surprised to see how many details you have to take into consideration in a mission like this. Helen Fielding is either a genius detective, or must have made a lot of research.

  • Carlynn
    2019-03-01 20:09

    "No one is thinking about you. They're thinking about themselves, just like you." -11"Olivia loved people's stories. Scratch the surface of anyone and you'd find something strange and complicated going on." -28