I’ve been a fan of Sophie Kinsella since my sister gave me a copy of her first Shopaholic books back in middle school. This particular book of Kinsella’s was recommended by Natasha Polis of YouTube book vlogging fame – you can find her channel, Tashapolis, here (she’s pretty awesome)! “Can You Keep a Secret?” is a story about Emma Corrigan, Emma is a typical 20-something who just happens to have a fear of flying. It’s this fear of flying combined with some bad turbulence that leads her to spill all her secrets to the guy sitting next to her on the plane. Only it turns out that that guy who now knows all her secrets also is the head of the company that she works for!
I immediately fell into the story in the worst sort of way. You know how it is – where you’re grinning at the page like an idiot and you can’t hear someone call your name even though they’ve said it like three times. I mean, I’d like to consider myself a pretty smart reader, I’m familiar with le Carre, I’ve dallied with Shakespeare, I’ve even read literary essays, and have had a subscription to Businessweek since I was fourteen – so what if I’ve never read Proust and can’t ever bring myself to
start finish Anna Karenina – the point is I can’t even be bothered with things like literary devices or the impossibility of the plot when reading “Can You Keep a Secret?”. I never worry about things like world hunger or the greater implications of our main characters’ life decisions. Or that the chances of getting a complimentary upgrade on a flight are even crazier than the chances of meeting (and falling in love with) a self-made millionaire. Really – that doesn’t happen in the real world. But Kinsella sure makes me wish it did! She knows her reader, and she gets that sometimes we need a fairly large dose of wish-fulfillment.
I loved the character of Emma, I felt like she was generally just a sweet person and I really sort of resented the other characters who, I felt, took advantage of her personality (ehem, her family, her coworkers, *cough* maybe even Jack). I loved the plot, I mean Kinsella books function as literary cotton candy – they don’t necessarily have great nutritional value but they do have plenty of sentimental value, and summer just wouldn’t be complete without it. I laughed, I got misty-eyed, and at the end I felt unsatisfied and ardently hoped for a sequel. So basically, if you’re looking for a sweet story that has loads of humor and the perfect amount of drama – get your hands on Sophie Kinsella’s “Can You Keep A Secret?”!
You can pick it up from amazon, here!
Title: Can You Keep a Secret?
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Random House, Delta Press