Book Review: Can You Keep A Secret?

Title: Can You Keep A Secret?

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Comedy, chick lit

Publication date: March 1, 2005

Source: Bought it

Rating: 4.5 out 5 stars


Can you Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella, tells the story of Emma Corrigan “a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets”. She works as a marketing assistant for Panther Cola, where she hopes she can finally get a promotion.  So when her senior sends her to close a deal that’s already done, she thinks that promotion is hers.  Unfortunately, the client changes their mind and the deal falls apart; thus making her worry about her job.  To make matters worst, her flight back home gets a little turbulent. Thinking, she will not make it, she ends up spilling all her secrets to a handsome stranger who turns out to be Jack Harper-the founder and owner of the company she works for.


This was my first Sophie Kinsella book and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint.  I honestly could not keep a straight face reading the first few chapters.  Okay the first page already had me cracking up and I was so glad I was not reading it in public because people would have been giving me weird looks. Emma is probably one of the most hilarious book heroines I read about. She’s so ditzy, yet it’s so hysterical at the same time and you can’t help but love her for it.  Add to the fact that she has an English accent made it even more comedic just imagining her talk.  She spills all her secrets, every single one to a stranger and they are so funny- how she tells everyone she’s a size 8, when she’s really a size 12. How she hates wearing G strings. How she secretly feeds her annoying colleague’s office plant orange juice. How she couldn’t get through Great Expectations so she skimmed the last page and pretended she read it, etc… animated GIF

Emma is a delightfully imperfect heroine that many can probably identify with- someone who does silly things, is very clumsy, and has a horde of secrets. Jack was a great love interest too.  He was very sweet, attentive, always defending Emma- an ideal boyfriend and him and Emma were cute together.  I’ll be honest, I could have cared less about the romance in the book, but it’s a chick lit book, so I guess it was necessary.  However, the romance was done well. Nothing too dramatic or frustrating. I don’t really read a lot of chick lit books because there is really nothing compelling about them-the plot is often really simple and predictable and after reading the disaster Something Borrowed (I hated the main character), I usually refrain from reading books in this genre.  However, Can You Keep A Secret? is an exception. Sophie Kinsella’s writing was great and I couldn’t help but feel like I was watching a movie while reading the book. So if you’re having a crappy day and want to laugh or just want a quick, enjoyable read, I would definitely recommend it. As for the rating, I gave it a 4.5 stars because the ending felt rushed and could have definitely been better; and Sophie Kinsella dropped the F bomb too many times to the point where it was really annoying and unnecessary.


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