by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Random House Audio on December 16, 2003
Sub-Genre/Theme: Chick Lit, Contemporary, Women's Fiction
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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.
Why haven’t I read more Sophie Kinsella already?! I read I’ve Got Your Number several years ago and enjoyed it, but haven’t kept up with her other titles. I’m in a total beach reads/women’s fiction/chick lit mood lately, and Can You Keep a Secret? is everything that I need right now. It’s a perfect mix of comedy/romance and I literally read it with a smile on my face during several moments.
Emma Corrigan is on a flight home after a disastrous business meeting. Distraught from the meeting, freaked out by turbulence, and more than a little tipsy, she spills a bunch of her secrets to the stranger sitting next to her. Emma figures there’s no harm done since she doesn’t know the man. Until Monday morning at work, when the stranger turns out to be Jack Harper, CEO of her company. Small world, am I right?
Jack and Emma have delightful chemistry and banter. I love a good meet cute, and their awkward but playful interactions after officially meeting are so much fun. Kinsella’s writing is reminiscent of Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary: self-deprecating and a fun romp. There are scenes when Emma is the target of mortifying embarrassment (normally a major issue for me), but the resolution along with a great grovel on Jack’s part make up for it.
I just learned that a film adaptation is currently in post-production and I can’t wait to see it! I really enjoyed this fun book and am placing Kinsella on my growing list of favorite authors.
Rating: 5 stars