Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
Paperback, 218 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Dell Publishing Company
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.
Beth is the founder and editor of Fuelled by Fiction. She is a twenty-something east coast Canadian girl who loves writing about books and feminism.