Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Can You Keep a Secret?

Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets: Secrets from her boyfriend: I've always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken. Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur. Secrets she wouldn't share with an...

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Can You Keep a Secret? Reviews

  • maricar

    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, "

    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, "

    " 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

    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...)

  • Stacia (the 2010 club)

    So...I really wanted to dislike this book. I was determined not to allow myself to be one of "those girls." You know...the ones who plan ladies night out to watch

    . I've never had a desire to read

    (although I do hate to admit that I actually liked Devil as a movie) I mean, it's

    . Fluff without the smut. What fun is that?

    Turns out, it's more fun than I was expecting. The book started out in such a way that I was expecting to g

    So...I really wanted to dislike this book. I was determined not to allow myself to be one of "those girls." You know...the ones who plan ladies night out to watch

    . I've never had a desire to read

    (although I do hate to admit that I actually liked Devil as a movie) I mean, it's

    . Fluff without the smut. What fun is that?

    Turns out, it's more fun than I was expecting. The book started out in such a way that I was expecting to give up before making it past a few chapters. I practically sighed with exasperation over the flighty, bumbling, office girl who embarrasses herself in front of her boss without knowing who he is. The thoughts in my head were practically burning a hole in the Nook.

    Just as I was about to hit "delete" and ditch the book from my ereader, something happened. I started laughing. A LOT. Not the polite little giggly "oh that's cute" type of laughter. The snorting, choking, oh-my-god I'm dying laughter. My husband even looked up from his zombie like trance mid-video-game to give me a

    look.

    It took several chapters for me to warm up to the book and truth be told, if I hadn't promised myself that I wanted to finish at least one chick lit book just to say that I had given the genre a shot, I would have quit out before getting to the part where it started to get good. Once I got past the mediocre parts revolving around the main character's office and family life, and got into the part where she was spending most of her time trying to figure out how to make a relationship with her boss work, I was along for the ride. It was quite the fun ride, too. I was pleasantly surprised.

    Will I continue to read chick lit after this? Hmmm...I don't know. This book was fun and I'm completely glad that I read it, but I still am not fond of the office girl/modern day girl formula that seems to be pretty big in this genre. Even with as funny as this book was, I've browsed some reviews for the author's books and it looks like she tends to stick with a similar subject matter for most of her books.

  • Dija

    Enjoyment - 5 stars

    Story - 3 stars

    Emma - 3.5 stars

    Jack - 2 stars

    Side characters - 5 stars

    Ending - 2.5 stars

    The average is 3.5 stars, but since enjoyment is my number one reason for reading in the first place, I'll round it up to 4 stars.

    This book is, hands-down,

    funniest book I've ever read. I laughed so hard, I had tears in my eyes and cramps in my tummy throughout. This book should come with a warning label, something like,

    Enjoyment - 5 stars

    Story - 3 stars

    Emma - 3.5 stars

    Jack - 2 stars

    Side characters - 5 stars

    Ending - 2.5 stars

    The average is 3.5 stars, but since enjoyment is my number one reason for reading in the first place, I'll round it up to 4 stars.

    This book is, hands-down,

    funniest book I've ever read. I laughed so hard, I had tears in my eyes and cramps in my tummy throughout. This book should come with a warning label, something like,

    It's nearly impossible to hate a book after it makes you feel so warm and fuzzy inside.

    Most of this book is solid 5-star material. There's humor, romance,

    drama, and good decision-making, along with some of the most outrageously hilarious characters ever to be created (yes, I mean you, Jemima). Unfortunately, the ending sorely lacks closure, and is the main reason why I didn't give this a higher rating. All my other problems mainly stem from this one issue.

    The ending left me entirely unsatisfied and highly doubtful about the future of Emma and Jack, as a couple and otherwise. Basically, it didn't

    like an ending. It was rushed and anti-climactic, in addition to being slightly unrealistic. It would have been the perfect ending had this been a series, but since it's a stand-alone novel, I got the distinct impression that there were still several chapters left, and they were simply missing from the version of the book I read. Not the greatest feeling to have after finishing a book, to be sure.

    Emma is a lot better at confrontations and standing up for herself than the other two heroines of Kinsella's I've read, namely Poppy from

    and Lexi from

    I'm sure most female readers can relate to her in one aspect or the other. I really loved Jack too, until he

    . I never truly accepted his excuse, nor did I entirely forgive him for it.

    After everything that happened between Emma and Jack, especially the whole deal with their respective secrets, I would have really liked to see more of them as a couple, to genuinely believe they had anything lasting going on. These are two individuals from vastly different backgrounds, and let's face it: the man's a multimillionaire, and the girl's his employee. In real life, these kind of relationships hardly ever work out, and I would have liked Kinsella to prove me wrong by actually showing Emma and Jack in a stable relationship, one where they both learn to talk their problems out instead of jumping to conclusions. We never really get to know Jack as someone besides "Jack Harper, the man who founded the Panther Corporation", and the trust between Emma and him seems too delicate and fragile for anything but a temporary affair.

    I guess I was simply expecting more from this book, and while it was one of the best light reads I've read in a while, that annoying feeling I got, the one where I really don't feel the ending did justice to the story, sort of ruined it for me.

    That aside, this is truly a fantastic book, one of the rare ones I'll certainly be re-reading in the years to come.

    ♥♥♥

  • Anzu The Great Destroyer

    : Read a light book and laugh my ass off.

    : Read a stupid book that made me want to cut it into little pieces.

    : Happiness.

    : A sh*tty headache.

    All my friends gave

    a high score, all of them loved it, all of them asked me to read it.

    So I did.

    Yep. And I ended up having a headache. Literally. Mrs. Kinsella you owe me a pack of meds and a nice foot massage.

    So why did all my friends love this book and I didn’t? I have no idea, to tell you the tr

    : Read a light book and laugh my ass off.

    : Read a stupid book that made me want to cut it into little pieces.

    : Happiness.

    : A sh*tty headache.

    All my friends gave

    a high score, all of them loved it, all of them asked me to read it.

    So I did.

    Yep. And I ended up having a headache. Literally. Mrs. Kinsella you owe me a pack of meds and a nice foot massage.

    So why did all my friends love this book and I didn’t? I have no idea, to tell you the truth. I just know this: Emma is an idiot. A shallow clownish stupid boring insecure clueless loser. She’s the reason why I hated the book.

    Facepalm compilation in

    3

    2

    1

    And btw, wtf is this Panther Cola crap? Is it cola that panthers drink or cola made out of panthers?

  • Zoë

    This was such a fun and entertaining book! I laughed out loud multiple times and I also cringed several times because of how embarrassed I was for Emma.

    My only problem with this book is that I felt like it could have been longer! It felt rushed at times and I wished there was more of an ending. I wanted to know how it all came together and like, for example, how Kerry was doing (terribly, I hope).

    Nevertheless, I really enjoyed reading this book and I can't wait to read more of her novels in the

    This was such a fun and entertaining book! I laughed out loud multiple times and I also cringed several times because of how embarrassed I was for Emma.

    My only problem with this book is that I felt like it could have been longer! It felt rushed at times and I wished there was more of an ending. I wanted to know how it all came together and like, for example, how Kerry was doing (terribly, I hope).

    Nevertheless, I really enjoyed reading this book and I can't wait to read more of her novels in the future!

  • Pang

    Are you serious?!!??!? NO! I’m gonna spill all your secrets to my friends, Emma. You cannot trust me on this! I’m a bitch, I know. hahaha

    Guys.. this clumsy lady, Emma Corrigan is so damn lucky! She not that have much money, but she met an sweet-angel air-hostess so this sweetie air-hostess invite Emma to sit on the plane in

    She cheat!!! Without anyone else know! so she pretends to be businesswoman. See what she did!

    BUT HAHAHAHAAAAAAA….

    Are you serious?!!??!? NO! I’m gonna spill all your secrets to my friends, Emma. You cannot trust me on this! I’m a bitch, I know. hahaha

    Guys.. this clumsy lady, Emma Corrigan is so damn lucky! She not that have much money, but she met an sweet-angel air-hostess so this sweetie air-hostess invite Emma to sit on the plane in

    She cheat!!! Without anyone else know! so she pretends to be businesswoman. See what she did!

    BUT HAHAHAHAAAAAAA….

    The plane got turbulence so she thinks she gonna die!!!

    It became she not die! OKay her life is go on..

    One day, she go to work..

    Someone BIG visit her work place..

    ……………………………………………………..

    This Emma Corrigan kinda reminds me of Meg Cabot’s heroine, Idk. Hahaha She is clumsy, whinny, and funny that made me laugh so hard until having face palms for her. Whatever,

    That’s why Kinsella’ story kinda my cuppa tea, I think. Nahh… I just want something like this happen real to my life! Why it has to be only in fiction? *sobs*

    Sometimes secrets are shameful, right? That’s why we all have secrets to keep. Anytime Emma’s secrets reveal, I laugh so hard! ( My dad even say "Pang gone crazy!" *damn* ) But sometimes the situation made me hurt, too. I can feel how hurt and embarrassed she is. Like.. I don’t want it happen to me, too.

    ( our hero ) who is so mysterious with something he not gonna tell anyone..

    I will let you know by yourself! Xoxo Pang.

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader

    Quirky, hilarious read about a 25 year old clumsy, silly, awkward Emma who is always caught in the most embarrassing situations and thinking she’s probably not yet embarrassed enough, spewed out every single one of her deepest, darkest most embarrassing secrets to a stranger on a plane when she thought they were going to die during a violent turbulence. The horrific result: strange man isn’t a stranger after all. LMAO!

    While I wasn’t a fan of Emma (and of any other cha

    Quirky, hilarious read about a 25 year old clumsy, silly, awkward Emma who is always caught in the most embarrassing situations and thinking she’s probably not yet embarrassed enough, spewed out every single one of her deepest, darkest most embarrassing secrets to a stranger on a plane when she thought they were going to die during a violent turbulence. The horrific result: strange man isn’t a stranger after all. LMAO!

    While I wasn’t a fan of Emma (and of any other character in the story for that matter) and thought she was awful and ridiculous with every single decision she made (She says it’s good when it’s bad, okay when it’s not, yes when she means no, in short she lies all the time), the hilarity of her story and predictability of the more than slightly rubbish plot are entertaining.

    It’s my first Sophie Kinsella read and although it wasn’t completely successful, I have a feeling I’ll enjoy her YA novel,

    more.

    my lovely friend’s, Alice’s review of said YA book.^^

    Happy birthday, my Dear Alice. Despite the few stars, I enjoyed the read so it’s all good. I’ll certainly give Ms. Kinsella another chance. I hope you’re having the time of your life on your very special day. Love you, girl! <3

  • Beverly

    OMG, this book is laugh out loud funny, like sitting in my cubicle at work just giggling to myself. In the days, I spent reading this one I told numerous people about it because I was just so excited and happy to find a book that made me actual loud out loud. Some of my best friends raved about this book during our girls weekend last year and I was repeatedly told,

    Emma Corrigan is a typical girl, just like us or me at least. She is awkward, inappropriate and just trying to

    OMG, this book is laugh out loud funny, like sitting in my cubicle at work just giggling to myself. In the days, I spent reading this one I told numerous people about it because I was just so excited and happy to find a book that made me actual loud out loud. Some of my best friends raved about this book during our girls weekend last year and I was repeatedly told,

    Emma Corrigan is a typical girl, just like us or me at least. She is awkward, inappropriate and just trying to prove herself. Emma is flying back from a business trip, that of course went horribly bad. During the flight, there is some extreme turbulence and she thinks she is going to die. During her freak out she precedes to unload all her secrets on everyone around her.

    Monday morning comes with a big surprise, one of the passengers is the owner of Emma’s company and he remember everything. All her secrets are out, some as small as hating g-strings and the coffee at work, to her insecurities with her family and lesbian dream she had about her best friend.

    This story is so freaking perfect. It’s so funny, it's freaking cute as shit and the love stories is so sweet. This is my first book by Sophie Kinsella, but it will not be my last. The audiobook is absolutely fantastic and made me believe the narrator was Emma.

  • maybelline™

    Gosh, this books was so much fun!!!

    Often times when I’m told a book is

    I usually find that it turns out being more painful to read than anything. But damn, is Sophie Kinsella hilarious!

    follows the charismatic tale of Emma Corrigan. This woman is a hoot, let me tell you. She’s hilariously paranoid and completely outrageous. She is the

    but oh, does she have her secrets.

    Secrets that she probably shouldn’t have blurted out

    Gosh, this books was so much fun!!!

    Often times when I’m told a book is

    I usually find that it turns out being more painful to read than anything. But damn, is Sophie Kinsella hilarious!

    follows the charismatic tale of Emma Corrigan. This woman is a hoot, let me tell you. She’s hilariously paranoid and completely outrageous. She is the

    but oh, does she have her secrets.

    Secrets that she probably shouldn’t have blurted out while clutching onto the arm of a strange during a rocky flight. But, oh well, can’t do anything about that now, can we?

    ^^That’s basically Emma’s entire existence.

    So this book was adorable and sweet and really really charming in a lot of ways. It was such an easy read and really brought on that little bits of glee that usually accompany a great book.

    Oh, and I really love Jack!! What a little darling.

    But there were parts of the book that I found excessive. For example the fact that Emma seemed to face problem after problem after problem. It’s not a

    deal but I just found it tiring because here we are, smiling and happy for a single sentence and then BAM, another problem takes place.

    Kinda excessive if ya ask me. :p

    Anywho. . .

    I was never a huge fan of chick-lit but after reading this one, I’m definitely not done with this genre or this author!

    3.5 stars!!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Need cute and fluffy and I need to binge read

    , so, here I gooooooooooo!!!

  • Kat O'Keeffe

    This was so funny and cute! It didn't blow me away, but I was in the mood for a rom-com style read and that's exactly what this was! Definitely looking forward to reading more Sophie Kinsella when I need something lighthearted and fun.


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