Review of Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella – 4 Stars

Can You Keep a Secret?Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As the summary describes, Emma is a nervous flyer, when she gets on a very turbulent flight, she anxiously spills all her secrets to the passenger next to her. With relief she gets off the plane and tries to forget it ever happened, only to find out that the man she divulged her deepest darkest secrets to… is the boss of the company she works for. However, far from being put off by Emma’s outbursts he seems to take delight in being in her company and if he can make a little statement that Emma knows is directed at one of her little black lies, even more joyful for him. Can Emma recover from the embarrassment and compose herself to work alongside him? Only time will tell.
This book follows Sophie Kinsella’s quirky playful writing style and what the story lacks in storyline, it does make up for in sarcasm, and that strange delight in watching it go wrong for our heroine. In classic rom-com Bridget-jones-style-humour, you really do wonder if she can get any more embarrassed. Yet that is also the book’s main attraction, our heroine gets up, dusts herself off (or I should say powers through the blushing statement) and just waits until the next embarrassment takes hold.
I wasn’t overly fond of Emma as a character, she does tend to strike you as a bit of a bimbo rather than someone who just happens to be that unlucky. Still, that makes it easier when stuff doesn’t quite go her way. By the end of the book though you are willing her to get her happily ever after.
My overall opinion is this isn’t as good as the shopaholic series, those storylines are better and the characters in it are a little more fun. However this really isn’t a bad book, I did enjoy it, a very light, fun and easy read.
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3 thoughts on “Review of Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella – 4 Stars

  1. mandibelle16 says:

    I too read the Shopaholic series first, I grew so tired of Rebecca in the Shopaholic series doing everything again and again, she just never learned -way ditzier and dumber than Emma. I would say up to Shopaholic and Baby the series was okay but already after book 3 (the first 3 were the best), I thought the series should end. ‘Can You Keep A Secret’ is one of my absolute favourite books and I love Sophie Kinsella’s other non-shopaholic books so much more. For me they’re just more eventful and each story is different as well as the characters. I liked the ‘Undomestic Goddess,’ ‘I’ve Got Your Number,’ and there was a recent one too I enjoyed or maybe its on my reading list. Also, one about a girl seeing her ghost Grandma/Great-Aunt from the the thirties/forties it was very interesting! But this is my fav! I’ve read it so many times. But you did give it four stars so I guess you must have liked it pretty much despite Emma being ditzy 🙂 Great post!

    • Thanks for commenting Mandibelle :). I have only read 2 or 3 of the shopaholic series and I always try to read some other genres in between otherwise I do think they all can get a bit repetitive. I still thought it definitely deserved 4 stars the book is good and well written I just couldn’t give it that five stars as I didn’t love it (but did think it was good). I’m a complicated person – haha. KL 🙂

      • mandibelle16 says:

        Haha it’s okay. The first three are the best and I think up to Shopaholic and baby they are good. You are right, you have to read stuff in between those books. Maybe I’ll look at her newer ones, it’s been a long while 🙂

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