It is always a good sign when the book you're reading makes you laugh out loud. "Can You Keep a Secret" definitely had me laughing out loud in more than a few places. However, it also had me groaning about the stupidity of the main character a few times as well.
Overall, I liked the story. There's something funny about spilling your guts and all the little life secrets you have to a total stranger on the plane. Until that is, that stranger happens to be the CEO of your company. Such is the story of Emma and Jack.
While the book is more than a little predictable, I still had fun. It made me laugh more times that any other book I've read this year (and that's something).
If you need a light-hearted book that you can read to brighten your day (or a plane ride of your own), then definitely check out "Can You Keep a Secret". If nothing else, it will help you keep your secrets in tact.
I liked this book better than her shopaholic books. This character was more endearing and likeable. She basically thinks she is going to die in a plane crash and starts spilling her guts to a stranger. The stranger turns out to be her new boss, and really hot. He now knows all her secrets and really likes her because of it. She knows a secret of his too. Boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in bed or love , boy or girl betray or misunderstand the other. Then boy and girl work it all out.
Cute, very cute. This was my first Kinsella book and it was interesting and very funny at times. Very real reactions from the main characters at times so its easy to identify with them. You'll enjoy it.
Written with dry wit and humor, Can You Keep A Secret? is engaging in a light, satisfactory manner. Other reviewers add that the belief in reality must be suspended while undertaking the reading of this particular novel. Once that has happened, however, it is fanciful to suppose that a story like this could happen to someone, and the author spins that fancy into a lovely, sweet romance. Kinsella creates a dashing, charming and highly successful CEO that strives to capture our hearts as well as he has captured Emma's.
The novel is not without its faults - the "necessary drama" that must always unravel itself in such a novel of course occurs, taking its shape in the spilling of secrets and sudden mistrust. For some, it may create a bit of an unsatisfactory ending (though the story, of course, ends happily). Yet the ride (both literal and figurative) is special and brings to the uneventful Emma's life much excitement.
I'm usually involved with reading mysteries, but diverged to this book via forum reviews. It was okay; light reading. Unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend spending your time reading it, with the kazillion other books to choose from in the world!
Every now and again, ya gotta read a book that takes up your time without making you think too hard. Enter this book -- absolutely nothing but fluff and very easy to read, and exactly what you want to read when you're waiting anywhere. You can get distracted a gazillion times, and always remember what is going on in the story. Very cute and fun book to read.
This book was so cute and funny. There were so many times that I would be laughing out loud. My fiance kept looking at me funny because I was laughing, then he started inquiring about the book. He even wanted to know what was happening! Very funny story.
This book has its moments and I finished it one day however it falls flat for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the Shopaholic series, but I can't say the same for this book. The heroine is quite naive and sweet, almost annoyingly so, but she's not as endearingly spunky as Becky Bloomwood. Having read several books from the same author, I can see that she has certain stock characters she uses over again such as the smarter roommate who is also the best friend, the parents who fret over their daughter's career/love life, the bitchy acquaintances, etc. In fact, the plot of this book is similar to the Shopholic books and therefore somewhat predictable
(SPOILER) The two main characters, Emma and Jack, are not well developed at all. They have only two dates, both of which don't go well, and they supposedly fall head over heels in love with each other! It was too much to accept. It wasn't believable especially given that Jack barely reveals anything about himself to Emma. He has a secret and when he finally reveals his secret it's really nothing much at all - quite underwhelming in fact, hardly anything that would necessitate all the secret phone calls and other oddities in his behavior.
I've loved all Kinsella's books but this one may be my favorite. I loved the way she spilled her guts in the first few pages of the book and it just comes back to bite her all the way through. I couldn't put it down, I wanted to see how another secret would be exposed. I was slightly let down by the ending but all-in-all a great book and a terrific author! I can't wait for her next book to come out.
I liked this book, and I may read it again some day. The main character, Emma, is very likable but I didn't care for how the romance between Jack and Emma played out. I think it could have been written much better. It was just a little bit too predictable if you ask me. The first few pages are funny when she spills all of her secrets to a mysterious stranger on the plane, but after that the book lets you down, and it's not nearly as funny as you could have hoped. Still, I consider this much better than the Shopaholic series.
It took me a couple of chapters to get into this book. It is by an English author and set in London so some of the writing (ie English style) was difficult at first. However, after those few first chapters, I was hooked! What a great read! So much fun and the author really captured what life of a young, single working girl is like. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Couldn't put it down.
Really enjoyed this book, was up til 1:30 am reading because I couldn't put it down! It's fun and the main character, Emma, is quite likeable. The book could do without the numerous sentences starting with, "Er," but that's just the writer's style.
I'm addicted to the "Shopaholic" books, and while this one isn't quite up to that standard, I have to say a really, really liked it. It's a quick read and is very enjoyable. If you like other Sophie Kinsella books, you'll enjoy this one too.
Emma spills her secrets to a stranger on a place during turbulence, only to have him turn up at her office as the owner of the company.
I really enjoyed the Shopaholic books and this was just as good. Lighthearted and funny, but also touching.
Sophie Kinsella is an amazing story-writer. She has an extraordinary ability to make the reader identify with Emma, our beloved main character. The secrets Emma reveals reflect in many ways the true personal thoughts of many women and you find yourself routing for her the entire way through. The descriptions of emotions and actions reflect reality while adding the wow factor one looks for in a true British humor novel. A metropolitan woman's love story with a twist, a definite must read.
ONE OF MY FAVORITES! This book is so funny! I have never read abook that made me Laugh out loud for real! I had people looking at me like I was CRAZY! Read this book you will not be sorry! I done got 2 other people reading it! and they LOVE it so far
I absolutely loved this book! It so reminded me of Bridget Jones Diary. Emma is terrified of flying and when the plane hits massive turbulence, she thinks she's going to die and starts blabbing all her secrets to the guy in the seat next to her. And I do mean everything. Turns out he's Jack Harper, the guy who owns the company she works for. For everyone he meets, a little bell goes off, and he uses what Emma told him in a clever way which is just hysterical. Poor Emma she just can't win, she is beyond mortified until the unthinkable happens, Jack asks her out.
This is just a rollicking good time, that truly had me laughing out loud. I'm sure the people driving in the cars next to me, must have thought I was nuts. I honestly don't think I would have gotten the same thing out of this book if I read it myself. The accents and the way the story was read were just priceless.
I've never picked up Sophie Kinsella's books before because chick lit really isn't my thing. I'm so not into the whole shopping thing so the shopaholic series is probably out, but her other books have just been added to my TBR. I can't wait to see if I can find them on audiobook.
light, humorous reading. enjoy the characters, don't take it too seriously and you won't want to put it down. Ever think that you were hiding a whole lot of yourself, does anyone realize and would they still like you if you were real. another two generation recommended.
If you work in an office with annoying co-workers, have ever blurted out something you didn't mean to, or confided a secret in someone, and had it come around to bite you... you will love this laugh out loud book! A quick, funny read!
In the style of Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella introduces you to another hilarious group of people you'll come to love by the end of the book. This is not one of the Shopaholic series. Hopefully we'll see more of Emma though!
FROM THE PUBLISHER
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.
ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS! We all have our secrets. What would we do if everyone found them out???
This is one of her cuter books. Read this one then try "Shopaholic Ties the Knot" then "Shopaholic and Sister". Although, make sure you read the "Confessions of a Shopaholic" first. I hope this helps you read them in sequence. Anyways, their all great no matter which you pick first!
The author of the Shopaholic trilogy offers up a delightful new novel, filled with her trademark wit and humor. When her plane en route from Glasgow to London experiences horrible turbulence, Emma Corrigan is convinced she is going to die. She babbles all of her most intimate thoughts and secrets to the handsome American man sitting next to her. But the plane lands safely, and Emma bids him an awkward good-bye. When she enters the office on Monday and learns the CEO of the company, Jack Harper, is in for a visit, Emma is horrified to learn Jack is actually the man in whom she confided on the flight. He knows everything, including that she hates her job and that she is not quite sure she loves her boyfriend. But Jack does not fire her on the spot; instead, he quietly replaces the office coffeemaker she hates and gives her advice about her personal life, which she finds infuriating. So why can't she stop thinking about him?
On a traumatic plane ride Emma spills all of her secrets to a handsome stranger. Little did she know this stranger was the elusive head of the company she works for. Parts of this book were laugh-out-loud hilarious and the hero will keep you guessing until the very end.
What a fun chick lit book. And it is not completely the predictable formula. This main character sort of cares about her job, doesn't overspend, is trying to make good on her debts. Sophie Kinsella just gets better with each book.
So much fun to read!! Very, very funny, very enjoyable, and at the same time a real page turner; a combination hard to find in books. I couldn't put it down, now I know why my daughter loves Sophie Kinsela books. :)
This book is entertaining from page 1. Fast read. You think you know what will happen, but it changes up on you. Of course, it's for the best. I really liked the main character. She reminds me of Becky from this author's Shopaholic series, but she's smarter and not as annoying. I'd like to see this turned into a movie.
I was really disappointed with this book after all the rave reviews it has received. Not really that funny, the romance was weak, and the main character was annoying. There are much better books out there, this is a waste of time and paper.
I absolutely LOVED this! It was highly entertaining and I really found myself laughing out loud during quite a few moments in this book. People around me kept asking what I was reading. LOL. Definitely a must read for Kinsella fans. I really hope she develops this character more and has more adventures in store for her.
Can You Keep a Secret is a fun, quick read. While on a turbulent flight, Emma confides all her deepest secrets to the handsome stranger in the next seat. She thinks she'll never see the stranger again. That's until she shows up to work on Monday only to discover he owns the company! Embarrassment, confusion and romance all follow.
Started reading this, the premise looked interesting....stopped at about page 8. Absolute drivel! I couldn't force myself to read another word; not when there are so many books worth reading out there, why waste the time!
Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:
Secrets from her boyfriend:
Ive always though 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 wouldnt share with anyone in the world:
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, Emmas office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack Harper, the companys 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 couldnt possibly get worse. Or can they?