Saturday, November 8, 2014

Review: Can You Keep a Secret?

Can You Keep a Secret?
by Sophie Kinsella


With the same wicked humor, buoyant charm, and optimism that have made her Shopaholic novels beloved international bestsellers, Sophie Kinsella delivers a hilarious new novel and an unforgettable new character. Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:

Secrets from her mother:
I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur.
Sammy the goldfish in my parents’ kitchen is not the same goldfish that Mum gave me to look after when she and Dad were in Egypt.

Secrets from her boyfriend:
I weigh one hundred and twenty-eight pounds. Not one eighteen, like Connor thinks. 

I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.

From her colleagues:
When Artemis really annoys me, I feed her plant orange juice. (Which is pretty much every day.) It was me who jammed the copier that time. In fact, all the times.

Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world:
My G-string is hurting me.

I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is.

Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.

But come Monday morning, Emma’s office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO. Suddenly Emma is face-to-face with the stranger from the plane, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her. Things couldn’t possibly get worse—Until they do.


I was in a mood for a sweet, funny contemporary book - and although I've only read Confessions of a Shopaholic by Kinsella, I knew that she was the way to go if I needed that lightheartedness. I was not disappointed!

Can You Keep a Secret? is one hilarious book. It's about a junior executive, Emma, who spends most of her life lying to the people around her. Not in a bad way really, but in a way that she thinks will help everyone be happy and "keep the peace." All that changes, however, after taking a turbulent flight home that makes her feel like she's going to die. This causes her to spill all her secrets to the gentlemen next to her - a gentlemen that she later discovers is her boss!

As if it weren't bad enough that her boss now knows all her innermost secrets, the event causes her lies to slowly unravel from the rest of her life - something Emma is so not prepared to deal with!

This story is such a joy to read that it took me about a day to finish (granted, I've been home with bronchitis, but you know...). If you are a fan of funny, contemporary fiction and Kinsella's other works, you'll love this!


So much fun :D

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