|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.
From the Hardcover edition.
- Cure for a drab day
This was a fun, light, quick read. No, it will not ever qualify as great literature but it was a well-written, laugh-out-loud kind of book. It is a romance more believable than "Pretty Woman" but somewhat fantastical compared to real life. Its charm is in the main character's self-deprecating humor. ...more info
- 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
- Great quick read
This is a fun story, and it is engaging right from page one. The love story is sweet and romantic...and this is pretty funny as well. It is different from the Shopaholic series but just as good if not better. Read it. ...more info
- Perfect for a rainy weekend
I thought this was quite cute, and it was perfect rainy weekend reading. Once I got past Emma's extremely flighty inner dialogue, I found that I couldn't put it down! Don't look for any depth here, but there's a lot of fun and a little bit of romance. I'd probably pick up some of Kinsella's other standalone novels....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
- read it in one day.. one of the most entertaining books
I laughed from start to finish. The characters were great and definitely someone I can relate to. Read it in one day because it became so addicting after the first chapter. Recommended for a light reader who wants a good laugh....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
- 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!!
- Perfect getaway!
I picked up the book after getting into HUGE argument with my mother and it was the best remedy! I found myself laughing hysterically as things would unwind with the book. It is an extremely easy read and perfect to pick up for just a little time off from reality!! I'm really hoping that she does another book like this one!...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.
- 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
- Can you keep a secret
Definitely another great book from Sophie Kinsella. Everyone can relate to it and you get drawn in the story.
- Laugh out loud funny
I enjoyed this book so much. I gave the book to a friend and she was laughing at the summery on the back cover. This book has Sophie Kinsella's writing style, just like the "Confessions of a Shopaholic." It has the same type of humor and cute story with new charcters.
This is a cute, chic-brit-lit book with the usual ending and a few surprises. I read a lot of literature,(fiction and non-fiction) and personally, I could not put this book down. If you like that humorous chic-lit than this book is for you. ...more info
Surprisingly laugh-out-loud in its entirety, Kinsella further extends her pastiche for chick lit in this decent piece about lies and their consequences. That message is decidedly transparent and unsubtle, yet the heroine, Emma, is intriguingly relatable and funny. Her interactions with people around them are humorous and come close to the Department of Deadpan. It was also nice to see a somewhat strong, middle-class female character in the midst of hundreds of books in the same genre that deal with impossibly unreal women. Emma is an every woman. Thus, the novel succeeds in portraying a larger than life situation that would otherwise be unrealistic. However, the male protagonist is a bit ridiculous, as is the premise and the ultimate outcome. The requisite "happy ending" would have been nicer if it weren't so expected and rote. Every character gets their just desserts, be it good or bad. Kinsella gives us no surprises, yet she does deliver humor that is fresh and fun....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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- so much fun!
This is a story about a girl, making some mistake, enjoying life, feeling uncomfortable...every little stuf we can all feel...
the story is very original, the way to write it make you laugh all the time, and make you wish you were her!
This is a good medication for sad moments, and a good madication to improve you english! (I am french, and this was very easy to read)
I gave it to four friends, and they are now addict to this author!
just enjoy!...more info
- Great Summer Read!
I was browsing books at the store.. after reading the first two pages from this book, I was already hooked. The entire book's interesting, funny, and overall fun to read. I borrowed it from the library for some light summer reading, but now I'm planning on buying it to read it again sometime :)...more info
- Love it and Laughed Out Loud
I absolutely loved this book. Emma, the main character is a responsible, thrifty person, who confronts difficult situations straight on and is not afraid to speak her mind. (Very opposite of Becky Bloomwood from the Shopaholic series that I also loved so much.) Emma is smart, witty and equally, if not more lovable.
The audio version is narrated by Emily Gray, one of my favorite narrators. She makes this book even more enjoyable, if that's possible. I found myself laughing out loud.
I know this is a "one off" book, with no plans for a series, but I really would love to see more on Emma and Jack. I would love to see a sequal. One of my top fun reads and will definetly read this one again....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
- 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
- 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
I LOVED this book, cannot say enough about it. I read it in 2 days and want to re-read already! I will definitely read some of her others. It's funny and totally relatable, can't go wrong!...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
- An enjoyable reading and funny
I liked the authors writing style and humor. Look forward to reading more of her books....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
- So cute and funny
The story is pretty simple: Emma is a marketing assistant and so far she had no real business success. She gets send to a meeting in Glasgow and that could be her big chance to get a promotion. She totally blows it, gets a little tipsy at the airport and when she thinks her plane is going to crash down she tells all her secrets to the guy sitting next to her. She really spills all: from what underwear she is wearing, to her first sex, and that she waters her co-workers plant with orange juice.
She is totally embarrassed when she arrives at the office on monday and finds out that the stranger is the owner of the company she is working for. He took a year off after his best friend died but now he is back in London to check out what has been going on in his company while he was gone.
The story was a little predictable but darn funny. I loved how Jack was making smartass comments and teased her about her secrets. And of course they hook up and he is just the sweetest guy ever. But he also keeps a big secret from Emma and that causes some tension between them. That was so far my favorite of Kinsellas' books because it had so many ROFL moments and I just liked Emma so much because she was funny and a "normal" girl.
- 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
- 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!
- Funny but too silly
Okay, i'm the minority here. I dislike Emma so much; she's silly, she expected to get promote but didn't work hard enough; she supposed to sign a deal for the company but the whole time she sit there she had manage to not understand the other company wanted; but she still expected to get promote because she has been working in the company for a year. When she hate people, she feed their plant juice or st equal. She will meet her millionare prince charming who will come and rescuse her. Lesson from this book: you don't have to work so hard, you can be one to gossip, be a little cute , and honest; you can be petty too. With that, a rich guy will come along.
The reason i give this book a 3 stars is its hummor, very funny, but the female charater is just too silly, very close to airhead...more info
One of the funniest books I have read! I would love to see this book turned into a movie!...more info