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Funny Chick Lit | Book Review: Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Can You Keep a Secret? is just what the book doctor ordered.

Book Review: Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

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Title & Author: Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary, Chick Lit

Release Date: December 27, 2005

Series: Standalone

Publisher: Dell Publishing Company

How I Got the Book: Bought


“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 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….Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her…”

Fun & Funny

I’d just finished reading a very heavy book (cough cough Finnikin), and I wasn’t in the mood for anything remotely complicated or dense.

When I saw Can You Keep a Secret? floating around in my massive TBR, I literally yelled “yes!” Pre-blog, I read Kinsella’s Twenties Girl and Confessions of a Shopaholic books. This author is a master of hilarity, awkward situations and heartfelt moments.

Can You Keep a Secret? fits those qualities perfectly. The premise alone was too cute to pass up. A girl who gushes all her deepest, darkest secrets to the handsome man next to her on a plane, who she later finds out is her new boss?! Perfect.

This is the ideal beach, vacation or traveling read. It’s light but engaging and sweet yet sincere. It doesn’t require a lot of focus, but it’s 400+ pages will keep you entertained.

Some people have issues with these types of books because they’re not “serious literature,” but who cares? Not every book has to change your life and challenge your brain. Reading is supposed to be entertainment, and I often need a break from all the aliens and vampires and dystopias.

The only real criticism I have for this book – and Kinsella’s books in general – is the heroine, Emma. It’s not her fault, but she’s just like every other Kinsella leading lady. She is struggling in her career, a bit inept with her friends and family, interested in superficial things and has a penchant for making huge life mistakes.

It’s a great character, don’t get me wrong, but Emma could have replaced both characters from the other two Kinsella books I’ve read and no one would have noticed.

That is sort of non-issue for me overall because I simply adore Kinsella’s prose and dialogue. The romance is pretty predictable, but the same is true of any romcom movie.

And, at least in Can You Keep a Secret? there is a nice little point about telling the truth and practicing honestly in life and relationships.


I really needed this. It was plain enjoyable. The characters in every Kinsella book are all pretty much the same, but they’re likable enough that you might be like me and not care. Can You Keep a Secret? is basically a romcom in book form, and if you’re looking for a beach/travel read this is your book.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.