|Can You Keep a Secret?
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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.
- a funny book
This was the first book I read by this author! It was absolutely hilarious!!! I will definitely read more books by this author!!...more info
- If you need a laugh...
This was the first book that I have read by Sophie Kinsella and it won't be the last. I was literally laughing out loud at the beginning of the book. If you want a quick read that lifts your spirits...I recommend this book! ...more info
- Fun, Light-hearted read
I wasn't expecting much from this novel, I just read it because it was there and I didn't have anything else going at the time. But it was such a fun book, I'm going to check out some more of Sophie Kinsella's novels. The characters were real, with funny circumstances that actually made me laugh out loud. It was very Bridget Jones Diary-ish, or how I imagine it to be as I haven't read it. ...more info
- This book is hilarious!!
This is my first book by the author. And it sure is not the last. The book is soooooooo funny. It had just the right mix of romance and humor in it. This book is very well paced. I really wish the end had a bit stretched :-)...I guess that's just me....more info
- Laugh out loud!
This was my first Sophie Kinsella book and I was not disappointed. It's so funny my tummy hurt from laughing. The characters were likable enough. Just a thoroughly entertaining read....more info
- Amazing read!
I couldn't put this book down! Absolutely loved the characters in this book and was intrigued by the two main characters. Well done!...more info
- Good, simple chick lit
This book is an interesting, and very quick read. It's completely predictable, and some of the situations that Emma gets herself into are a bit over the top, but all and all it's a good read, and it will make you laugh. Not as good as Shopoholic though I must say! ...more info
- Be prepared, you WILL laugh out loud!!
I love everything that Sophie Kinsella writes. The plot of this story was just so clever. I couldn't put it down! Just know that wherever you are while you're reading it--coffee shop, carpool pickup line at school, wherever--you WILL laugh out loud and people will wonder what you're up to! :)
If you want to read something heavy and meaningful, this isn't it, but if you want something light and happy that will take your mind off of whatever is weighing it down, RUN to your local bookstore and pick it up! I like the heavy stuff sometimes, too, but this book is simply a joy. I was so sad when I finished it!...more info
- My least favorite of her novels-but its still not bad
With the reading of this novel I have at last depleted my supply of Sophie Kinsella books. Make no mistake, this is a tragedy because any novel by this marvelously talented author is just the thing to cheer you up when you're down, or to pass a rainy day with, or read on a plane ride-they're just almost perfect books.
"Can you keep a Secret?" while it is not, in my opinion in the best of her books (that would be her newest "Remember me?" and then the Shopaholic series) is still ok, but it will always remain my least favorite of her novels-the plot was just too out there. Based on the idea that a woman spills all her little secrets, just little things really, to a stranger on a plane during a rough flight and then discovers the stranger is her uber boss. Awkward right?
It is, and funny-though I can imagine the stalker potential written in. But I'll never really believe the ending is plausible. I'd definitely recommend this book if you're in need of a chick lit fix or a cheerer up. My only complaint about this author is that her books fly by too quickly. A few hours and they're gone.
- So much fun to read. I wish it were a movie!
This was SUCH a cute book. I could not put it down. The writing is extremely clever and I laughed out loud a few times. I really would love to see this book turned into a movie. I'd cast Isla Fisher and Patrick Dempsey. ...more info
- Fun to read!
This is the first Sophie Kinsella book I read and I loved it! It made me want to read all of her other books. She is now my favorite author. Sophie's characters all seem a little like me and tend to have the worst luck or get themselves into trouble. Emma is no exception. I can't imagine telling all my secrets to a complete stranger when I think I am about to die only to find out he is the boss. Great book if you love chick lit!...more info
- another light read from Kinsella
It's another light read from Kinsella. And it kept me interested and turned the page for hours, just like the shopaholic collection. But sometimes, things have gone way too far, like...how can Emma let Jemima went so far?! Afterall, I would give it a 4-star since there's no bored moments throughout the book....more info
- Junie B. Jones meets Bridget Jones
Junie B. Jones is an extremely silly 1st grade fictional girl who narrates her way through a series of popular and easy to read chapter books written for 5-7 year olds. One of the many silly, albeit age appropriate things that Junie B. does is she crosses her fingers behind her back every time she tells a fib. Emma Corrigan on the other hand is an extremely annoying, silly, fictional twenty-five year old who narrates her way through this, Bridget Jones wanna-be, book. Among many childish things that Emma does, she also crosses her fingers behind her back every time she tells a fib. In fact, she could be the grown up (sort-of) version of Junie B. Jones.
Overall, I was not impressed. When I saw this book at the library, I noticed the authors name and I recognized it from her "Confessions of a Shopaholic" series, which I've never read. It looked like the perfect pick since I was looking for something different, something fun and something light to read. What I got was a book full of unlikable over exaggerated characters, a dim-witted and unlikely plot and sorry to say, but a stupid ending.
I will not read anymore of this authors work. To appreciate this type of novel, maybe you have to be in that twenty something demographic, maybe you have to really enjoy super light reading, maybe you have to have an exaggerated desire for extreme romantic silliness. Obviously, by the number of five star ratings this book has received, this author certainly is well liked, and although I have enjoyed reading through the Junie B. Jones series with young kids, this style of adult writing is just not for me.
2 1/2 stars
- An enjoyable reading and funny
I liked the authors writing style and humor. Look forward to reading more of her books....more info
- don't read this in public...especially if you're by yourself.
this book has been on my wishlist for years (apparently it was earning rave reviews from readers online) and yet everytime i come across this at bookstores i'd tell myself to postpone buying it since it had many copies on shelf. i never even bothered leafing through it. but one day i just decided to actually read its back cover and see what all the hoopla's about.
and then i saw the line, " Secrets she wouldn't share with anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is. " and honest to god, i just grinned like an idiot. i had to read it. i actually went to a nearby cafe right after buying this from the store just so that i could begin.
which turned out to be a bad idea cos it was literally difficult to keep a straight face once i read the first few chapters. you ever had that experience when something is really really funny but you can't laugh outright or even smile cos people around you will start getting wary? this book is deadly. you have to read it on some secluded (preferably enclosed [okay make it enclosed and sound proof]) place so you can laugh without being hampered.
this book may even be funnier than her shopaholic series. there's just something so natural and so human about the insecurities and then the delusions of Emma. and though this might be a comic story first, this was a very cheeky romantic romp for me. and is it just me or was Jack sexy?? i just wanted to skip on the next scene where he'll appear--i can't wait what next secret he'll be dangling for Emma to squirm over.
it's not even your run-of-the-mill chick-lit cos there were some parts that became serious they were heartbreaking. all in all, this is a highly recommended, feel good story. you'll never want to put it down (even when you know that someone soon will approach you and politely ask you to leave their premises cos you're scaring some people...)...more info
- Not great literature but highly entertaining
I like every book of Sophie Kinsella I've read so far. They are highly entertaining, funny, easy reading and relaxing. Unfortunately "Can you keep a secret" is not an original book. Its protagonist, Emma Corrigan, could easily be Rebecca Bloomwood's twin sister. They look the same, think the same, act the same, work in similar environments and fall in love with the "same" man (highly succesful businessman from their work enviroment, who laughs with their antics). So this book is more or less a variation of the "Confessions of a Shopaholic" (to be honest, I think I liked this version better than COAS's!).
If you put the similarity aside, and the fact of course that these books aren't meant as studies on english literature, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a light read and busy moms like me who want to relax and have a good laugh. Romantic, Cinderella type story, this is not a book for cynics or down to earth persons. Kinsella is the best chick lit author right now and thus entertainment is guaranteed whatever book of hers you read. I certainly plan to read more of her books asap. Until now, "The undomestic goddess" is my fave followed by "Can you keep a secret"....more info
- High Laughter Outburst to Page Ratio!
If you want a book with a high laughter outburst to page ratio, you need to get a copy of Can You Keep a Secret?
Emma Corrigan is a marketing assistant with loads of secrets. Most of these are innocuous--the kind that wouldn't cause any problems if she kept them to herself, which, of course, she doesn't. And that's where the fun begins!
Emma is a protagonist I could care about and root for (which, unfortunately, is far from a given in the books I've picked up lately). She's good-hearted, going so far as to place an ad in Bowler's Weekly for her grandfather and his buddies. Even her lies seem to be largely of the white variety--not being too keen on crochet and jazz, but not wanting to cause hurt feeling by revealing these dislikes.
The book's depiction of embarrassing situations is spot-on, somehow combining both hilarity and dread perfectly. Now that's a tough combo, but Kinsella makes it look easy. This is the first Sophie Kinsella book I've read, but it won't be the last!
- Laughed til I cried!
I had never heard of Kinsella until I saw this book in an airport store. I bought it because when I read the back of it I laughed til I cried. Just the back!! The whole book is hilarious and witty and light and fun. The heroine seems just like me (and every other woman I imagine). Like Bridget Jones but not as depressing. I started reading other books by Kinsella (The Undomestic Goddess and Shopaholic books) but this one is my favorite. You won't be disappointed! ...more info
- Entertaining Chick-Lit
"Can you Keep a Secret" was entertaining and a book I couldn't put down. It was not a challenging read, but if you're up for a cute quite read with an underlying love story, this is for you!...more info
- Another hit!
This is another wonderful book by Sophie Kinsella. I love her writing style. There are a few predictable and a few surprise twists to the plots. Did you hear that the movie rights to this book have been sold? I haven't heard that anything else (regarding filming) has been started, though. Read this book for a good laugh!...more info
- Absolutely wonderful!!!
I'm a big fan of Sophie Kinsella's work and have very much enjoyed several of her books. However, this one might be my favorite. I was immediately drawn into the story, laughed heartily throughout Emma's journey, and could hardly stand the suspense during the climax. What a fabulously fun read!...more info
- Laugh Out Loud!
This was by far the funniest book I have ever read. I was laughing out loud throughout the whole book. I had read Kinsella's shopaholic series and decided to try her other books. I read this book in on sitting. I can't wait to finishing reading her other books....more info
- 3.5 stars
Meet Emma....an average woman from London who is having a not-average day. Since the book has already been described here by other reviewers I'll explain why I gave it 3.5 stars.
Why I liked it:
I love humor in a book. I love all types of romance but I like it when a book makes me laugh. And Sophie kept my interest to the end. Lately, so many books I have read use the 'same-old, same-old' plots.
What I didn't like:
Sorry, I don't care for the *F* word. I just don't think it is necessary when I read a book. Once, well...twice, is it necessary, ...more,sorry you are losing me.... I also think Emma was just a bit too forgiving regarding Jemima and her co-workers.
But I enjoyed this book enough to try some of Sophie Kinsella's other titles.
- Just like chocolate...
Another good one from Kinsella. Entertaining, slightly predictable but definitely a good book. I think we all have the feeling of "Ooops anytime now they are going to figure out am I big fraud" especially when it comes to being new at work. I'm also just like Emma, telling lies not to hurt anyone and then getting all wrapped up in it not knowing what is right and wrong.
A colleague of mine once said that reading these types of books is like eating a box of chocolate, it is just pure pleasure. It has got everything in it that you wish for in a good chic flick and will put a smile on your face all through it.
The book doesn't get 5 stars because it is not as good as "the Undomestic Goddess" which is sligthly better but "Can you keep a secret?" is still worth your time. It will make a perfect company on a beach, in a cabin or just on a lazy Sunday. ...more info
- Fun! Great easy read
Loved this book and totally fell in love with the heroine- Emma!
She reminded me of Bridget Jones - the forever fumbling, tripping career girl who at heart is sweet and just wants a happy ending. A couple of hilarious moments include the Family day picnic where Connor tries to guess who Emma is going out with, Jemima's parroting of lessons she learnt from her Mummy on men (esp the crack about the Pope having had plastic surgery!) and Lissy freaking out thinking Emma's a lesbian.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good, fun read....more info
- Wonderful book!
I absolutely LOVED this book. It easily made it into my top 3. It captured you from the beginning. Even a guy at work was just playing when he picked it up...but after the first few pages, I saw him reading more intently and continued to pick it up and read more each time he came to my desk! Love it!...more info
- Great Quick Read!
I really enjoyed this book. I felt like I could be or knew Emma (the main character) she was very likeable and sweet. It's a great quick read, it only took me about 4 days. It's just such a cute, sweet book. I didn't want it to end! ...more info
- Quick shipping and good product
Exactly what I was hoping for in a product! I have already listened to the book and was delighted. Thank you for the quick shipping and good product!...more info
- Would You Tell All Your Secrets to a Complete Stranger?
As usual, Sophie Kinsella delights her fans with a lively story of a girl after our own hearts. Like Becky Bloomwood (Shopaholic), Emma Corrigan is a pure delight as she fumbles and frets over her decisions, especially when on a plane flight where she experiences heavy turbulence - Emma's not a happy flyer - she freaks and turns to the stranger sitting next to her and reveals all of her deepest secrets. She is so relieved when the plane finally lands safely and although a little embarrassed about her confessions, she's figures he's a stranger and she'll never see him again, so what's the harm, right? Well, next thing you know, once Emma's back at work, she eventually discovers that her airplane seatmate is none other than Jack Harper, her company's founder and he's in town and (gulp!) he remembers her and everything she told him! That's when the fun starts!
Emma tries to find ways to avoid Jack at work, but he always seems to find her and learns that a lot of the secrets that she shared with him are in fact, about some of her coworkers. Emma's been in the running for a promotion for the longest and she tries hard to save face, but Kinsella keeps us in stitches as Emma is exposed again and again - her secrets even find their way on TV!
I enjoyed this book, coincidentally, while on a flight and although I did experience a little turbulence, I didn't reveal any of my secrets to the person sitting next to me - then again, I was sitting next to my sister, and she already knows my secrets, or almost all of them!
The other characters in this story add weight and dimension to this funny tale. From her co-workers to her parents, to her roommates, Kinsella adds depth to the story and entertains readers with the details of the characters' charming idiosyncrasies that are so much like our own, yet she finds the right situations to pair them with and the combination is hilarious! This is chick lit at its best and a fast read that readers will love - highly recommended!
- Can You Keep a Secret?
Sophie Kinsella is a wonderful author. Once you start one of her books, it's hard to put it down!!