“Can You Keep a Secret?” by Sophie Kinsella

Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Chick Lit
Paperback, 218 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Dell Publishing Company

Emma Corrigan, a young Marketing Assistant, has many little secrets. One of them is that she is afraid of flying. During a particularly turbulent flight, Emma, who thinks she is going to die, confesses all her secrets to the man sitting next to her. As it turns out, no one dies, and Emma goes back to life as usual, believing she’ll never see the stranger from the plane again.
Oh how wrong she is.

The next day at work, everyone is whispering about the visiting CEO and founder of the company. As luck would have it, he is none other than the man from the plane. Her boss’ boss’ boss knows all her secrets. Including the fact that she hates G-strings and has been slowly murdering her annoying colleague’s plant with orange juice. Uh oh.

This was a welcome addition to my weekend at the cottage. Fun, lighthearted, and hilarious as ever, Kinsella does it again with “Can You Keep a Secret?” Generally speaking, chick lit is a happy-go-lucky, unrealistic, and predictable escape. However, Kinsella manages to hit all the traditional aspects of the genre without being too cliche. Emma is hilarious and relatable with her thrift store clothing and “ironic” Barbie bedspread. Her best mates Lissy and Jemima are equally insane and loveable. Even Emma’s main love interest is flawed enough to possibly exist outside of a fairy tale. On top of it all, Kinsella still manages to pull off a satisfying happily-ever-after ending–the kind that keeps us coming back to chick lit in the first place.

“Can You Keep a Secret?” is chick lit at its finest–immensely entertaining and not quite as predicable as its counterparts. At times I honestly found myself laughing out loud. Emma reminded me of an older version of Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicholson. I loved it! And, if you like chick lit, my sense is that you will, too.