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      02.06.2013 12:48
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      Can You Keep A Secret?

      For some reason, lately, I am quite enjoying girlie books. I normally borrow my books from my Dad but obviously my Dad doesn't read girlie books so my most recent read was borrowed from my friend. She has a while collection of books written by Sophie Kinsella and said that this one was her favourite and told me to have a read.

      About Sophie Kinsella
      Sophie Kinsella's real name is Madeline Wickham and she was born on 12th December 1969. She has written a series of books which are based around a shopaholic. These books include: The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic Abroad, Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic and Sister and lastly Shopaholic and Baby.

      Can You Keep A Secret
      Firstly, the cover of the book looks very girly. It is a lilac colour with the name of the author and the title of the book written across the front. There is a picture on the front of the book which is a cartoon character (female) who is stood with her back to the audience. She is stood within a purple snow globe which is surrounded by silver stars.

      Characters

      Emma
      Emma is the main character of the book and she narrates the entire story. Emma is one half of 'the perfect couple' with her boyfriend Connor and they are just about to move in together. Emma lives in a bit of a dream world, always thinking that something big is going to happen to her and is always waiting for it to happen. She works for The Panther Cooperation which is a company that sells a cola type drink. Emma is your typical female in her twenties, with lots of little secrets which she slowly reveals throughout the book.

      Connor
      As I already mentioned Connor is Emma's boyfriend. He works at the same company as Emma and is very serious about his career. Everyone tells Emma and Connor that they are the perfect couple but their personalities are extremely different and you quite often get the impression that Emma is embarrassed by Connor and the way he is always trying to suck up to people at work.

      Lissy
      Lissy is Emma's best friend who she has known for over 20 years. Lissy currently lives with Emma and their other housemate Jemima. Lissy is a solicitor and is always on hand to offer advice to Emma when everything goes wrong!

      Kerry
      Kerry is Emma's cousin who has lived with Emma and her Mum and Dad ever since her own mother died when she was a teenager. Kerry always seems to be favoured by Emma's parents and Emma always feels like she is second best to Kerry. Kerry has made a real success of her life, set up her own company and generally has a brilliant life and she always likes to rub Emma's face in it. In my opinion, there is nothing likeable about Kerry.

      Jack
      Jack is a multi-millionaire who owns The Panther Cooperation. Emma and Jack meet by chance on a plane journey which is to change both their lives forever.

      The Story
      Emma's life changes forever when she finds herself on a rough plane journey. In her panic and thinking that she is going to die and that the plane is going to crash starts to tell all her secrets to a total stranger who is sat next to her during the flight. However, it soon becomes apparent that this guy is not a total stranger and that he is going to have a big impact on Emma's life, just like she will on his.

      My Opinion
      I have to admit (once again) that I thoroughly enjoyed reading another girlie book. This is the first book of Sophie Kinsella's that I have read and I really liked her writing style. I felt that I could really relate to the main character Emma and pretty much all the situations on the book were realistic. I like the fact that Emma narrates the books and you get a feel for exactly what goes through the head of a 20 year old girl. There are lots of different emotions that you feel throughout the book but one reoccurring theme was that of laughter, some part of the book made me laugh out loud. 100% recommended.

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      30.12.2011 08:22

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      Another book from the author Sophie Kinsella. This book came out a few years ago, and although there has been Shopaholic books after this book and this book isn't part of the Shopaholic series but after reading the Shopaholic books then I became a fan of Sophie's work, so have ended up reading everything that she has written. Some books are certainly better than others though.

      The main character in the book is a girl called Emma Corrigan. She works for a Marketing Company, and although she isn't all that high up in the company she has aims and ideas that wants to progress in the company. Emma is wanting to progress in the company and gets the chance to get on a plane and be the spokesperson for the company for a meeting. Emma thinks that this is just the break that she needs and is happy to go and show her skills. It doesn't exactly go to plan, and it is on the return leg of the journey that things change for Emma. There is quite a bit of Turbulence when on the Plane and Emma panics that the Plane is going to crash so she ends up nervously blabbing to the stranger beside her all these personal thoughts she has and secrets that she has been keeping.

      After they all survive the Plane drama Emma is a little embarrased by what she has blurted out, but it's a stranger so at least she won't have to see him again ........ or will she? As it turns out the random stranger will end up in Emma's life quite shortly after this incident. How will Emma feel knowing that she has blurted out so many personal and work related things?

      I liked this book and it was the usual page turner that I keep wanting to read to find out. what was going to happen. I wouldn't say in the middle it got boring, but I felt that certain things got a bit padded out and I felt that thingd went on a little long as well. Also we are kept guessing about the secret that the stranger has as well.

      Still a good book from Sophie Kinsella, but I still prefer the Shopaholic books. Still recommended for a read though.

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      04.01.2011 20:15
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      A typical Kinsella read - funny but at times predictable

      Synopsis
      Believing she is about to perish in a plane crash, terrified Emma Corrigan babbles out her secrets, desires and idiosyncrasies to the handsome and somewhat bemused stranger sitting besides her. However when the plane eventually lands safely, Emma comes to her senses and is horrified to realise that she's blabbed about everything from her true dress size to her boring sex life to a complete stranger.
      Having survived what turned out to be no more than a case of bad turbelance, Emma shows up for work the next day only to be introduced to her plane seatmate, Jack. He's the CEO of the U.S.-based Panther Cola she's been marketing and unfortunately for Emma, he now knows all of her deepest secrets!
      As she tries to recover her professional stature with her boss, Emma finds herself enmeshed in a tangled web of her own weaving as she tries to level the playing field by learning some of Jack's secrets.

      What I dislike about it?
      I feel like a broken record when reviewing Kinsella's books becauae I always say that I find the plotlines, particularly the romantic ones, predictable and it's no different with this book. It's not that I dislike the characters and want them to all have unhappy endings. It's just that sometimes, I'd prefer a more realistic ending and less fairytale happy ones. However I'm guessing that's just because I'm not a particularly romantic person and if you've read chicklit/Kinsella before then you probably know to expect these kind of endings.
      One of the 'big secret' reveals relating to Jack's reason for being on the same plane as Emma is a bit anti climatic to say the least. It's only a sub plot so isn't of huge importance but it is an idea introduced right from the start of the book that runs through until the end. So naturally you're expecting something a bit shocking and scandalous. When the actual secret is revealed it's hard to understand why Jack even bothered to try and keep it secret in the first place. Furthermore, the plot is a bit unbelievable at times and Jack's refusal to see Emma as anything but a fine business professional (when to be honest she is at times, lazy and incompetent!) soon becomes irritating.

      What I like about it?
      It has pretty much the same advantages of all Kinsella books. It's addictive, engaging, laugh out loud funny and easy to read, the perfect kind of book to take on holiday and read on the beach.
      Emma is a good character and once again, she manages to irritate me far less than Kinsella's most famous creation (Becky Bloomwood, Shopaholic). As a recent uni graduate trying to make my way in the business world myself, I find Emma's career troubles both relatable and funny.
      Kinsella's books are ever popular and as a result, you can always find the older ones either second hand or for bargain prices online. I brought mine from a local charity shop for 50p and it's more than worth it for this price.

      Summary
      If you've read and loved Kinsella's previous work then you'll enjoy 'Can you keep a secret' too. It's written in the same sharp, witty and hilarious manner which we've come to expect from Kinsella as an author and can be brought for a truly bargain price if you shop around.

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      04.12.2010 17:45
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      Excellent book for a nice easy beach read

      This is one of my favourite books by Sophie Kinsella, I have read many of hers and they are all excellent chick lit books. This one is just as good as all her others, I couldn't put it down as usual and read it in two days!

      It starts off with the main character Emma Corrigan, who is desperate for a promotion at work so her parents would be proud of her. She gets given the opportunity to show what she can do when she goes on a business trip alone to Glasgow. The meeting doesn't go as she planned, in fact it goes horribly wrong and she is sure she is going to be fired when she gets back to work. On the plane home from Glasgow, there is quite a lot of turbulence and Emma gets really nervous about it, as she is already upset about how the meeting went. She takes comfort in a man sitting next to her and ends up telling him lots of her darkest secrets.

      When she gets into work the next day, everybody is getting ready for the company's top bosses paying a visit. When they walk in Emma realises she recognises one of the men. He is the man from the plane she told all her secrets to! The story then unfolds when he uses every opportunity to embarrass her. I wont say any more about the story as I don't want to give anything away!

      The character of Emma Corrigan is one of my favourites of all Sophie Kinsellas books, she was so warm and funny. The book does end up being a bit predictable at the end, but I think all chick lits are. They are just meant to cheer you up or help you unwind from a hard day at work and this book doesn't disappoint. It is easy to read and easy to follow, and relate to the characters. I really enjoyed it, and will definitely being reading it again in the future.

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      12.08.2010 19:10
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      Better than the Shopaholic series

      Sophie Kinsella might be best known for her Shopaholic creation, Becky Bloomswood, but personally I much prefer her standalone novels. 'Can you keep a secret?' is very much in the Shopaholic vein - pure easy reading chick lit, which is exactly what I need at this point in time.

      The principal character is Emma Corrigan, a twenty something Marketing Assistant for a multi-national corporation with a string of insecurities and an engaging, believable personality which instantly had me warming to her and wanting her story to turn out well. I certainly found Emma much easier to relate to personally than Becky Bloomswood, whose irrational behaviour and actions often irritates rather than entertains me. Emma seemed a much more grounded personality and was an entirely believeable and likeable character.

      After an unsuccessful trip to America, which Emma had been hoping might lead to a promotion, the return flight proves a little more turbulent than she had expected. The panic-stricken Emma (who had also imbibed some on-board refreshments) thinks that the plane is going to crash and spends her 'dying moments' baring her heart and soul - including all of her personal, some rather intimate 'secrets' - to the random stranger that she happened to be sitting next to. Fortunately, the plane doesn't crash after all and Emma and the stranger go their separate ways never to see each other again.... Well, obviously not - their paths meet up again in rather embarrassing circumstances which forms the basis for the rest of the story and for most of the humour within the book.

      'Can you keep a secret?' is incredibly easy to read and parts of it are very funny. Despite the chick lit tag, I was really engrossed in this tale and genuinely cared about Emma. I particularly enjoyed reading how Emma interacted with other characters in the story including her 'too good to be true' boyfriend, work colleagues and her family. Emma has insecurities and anxieties like most women and, despite doing her best to present herself as a successful, confident young woman, her true feelings are always bubbling away under the surface - causing all sorts of potentially embarrassing moments. I particularly felt for Emma with regards to her relationship with her competitive cousin and her parents' obvious ignorance about the cousin's attempts to undermine and devalue Emma and her achievements. This is not a simple revenge story though as the family dynamics and their resolution are just one aspect of many little sub-plots that run through the story.

      Kinsella manages to provide everything that I was looking for in some escapist chick lit fiction. There is humour, pathos - I do like to shed the odd tear and this book didn't disappoint- along with characters and storylines that held my attention throughout. The only single plotline that I could find any fault with concerned the 'stranger' and his own undisclosed secret which only comes to light towards the very end of the book. The secret itself seemed a pretty uninspired choice and was a bit of an anti-climax really. It seemed to smack of the author having built up a level of tension around this 'big secret' but really struggling to decide what it could be! The whole 'stranger's secret' storyline could easily have been dropped without the story losing anything of value, as far as I'm concerned.

      Otherwise, this is a book that I'd wholeheartedly recommend for those duvet days and moments curled up on the sofa! At just 329 pages, this is a short but engaging read and one that all Kinsella fans should enjoy.

      ISBN: 0276428153
      Copies available from Amazon from £5.49 and used from 1p (plus p&p)

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        20.07.2010 14:24
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        Four stars from me - Well worth a read!

        This is the second novel I have read by Sophie Kinsella and I have to admit I am a bit of a chick-lit convert. Usually I stick to reading
        thrillers or horrors but it's nice to read something with a little bit of humour and romance every once in a while.

        Here is a brief plot description of Can You Keep A Secret....

        Emma has just been to an important meeting that well let's say didn't go very well, even worse she now has to get on a plane. As turbulance hits, a scared Emma turns to the very cute man beside her and begins to ramble on about everything in her life. Including secrets she has never told anyone, once she starts she finds she can't stop herself.

        Suddenly Emma is interrupted by an air stewardess and she realises the plane has landed safely. A bewildered Emma can't believe how much she has told this man. Looking on the bright side Emma realises she will never see him again so no harm done, but is she right?

        Plotline

        The story begins at a steady pace as you are introduced to Emma and her life but the most interesting part of the book takes place on the plane and this part got me hooked. With plenty of comic and embarassing moments throughout the story it really made me smile. The plot flows quite well and there are a few twists and turns, there are quite a few you can see coming but overall it wasn't too predictable. There are certainly no boring bits and I found myself reading well into the evening as I couldn't put it down.

        However if I am honest it wasn't totally perfect and I have to admit that even though I enjoyed Can You Keep A Secret. I found Sophie Kinsella's other book Twenties Girl a little bit more of an entertaining read. The characters in Twenties Girl were slightly more detailed and a bit more engaging than in this book, this is only a small complaint though.

        Characters

        The two main characters were good, Emma was quite likeable as a main character and I thought the back story regarding her family gave the character an interesting edge. As she is always trying to compete for her parents approval.

        Jack is an interesting character as the man sat next to Emma on the plane who hears all of her secrets. You don't get to know much about Jack's past until the last couple of chapters so this adds a little bit of intrigue to the character. As you wonder what he is hiding from Emma and is it going to be a bad thing.

        The flatmates of Emma were good minor characters and helped add a bit more to the story as they try and influence Emma in her decisions just like friends would do.

        I would say that this book has just the right amount of characters to have kept my interest. Sometimes there can be confusion if there are a lot of characters or on the other end of the scale a book can be boring due to lack of characters. So it was fairly perfect fit.


        Overall

        I would be happy to recommend this book especially if you are a fan of chick lit, the book has a good balance of comedy and romance throughout. If you are after something light hearted and easy going then this book would be perfect.

        The plot moves along really well and there are a few surprises so the story isn't completely predictable. The characters are pretty good and I couldn't wait to see how it would all turn out in the end.

        This book has plenty of romance, comedy and misunderstandings to keep you entertained if you are after a funny and sweet story give this book a try.

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          04.07.2010 22:39
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          A fun easy to read romance

          This was the first Sophie Kinsella book that I read a few years ago and it got me hooked on her books from then on. She is a brilliant chicklit author who keeps me entertained and hooked from the first couple of pages.

          Having gone through a difficult period in my life I wanted to read something light hearted and decided that Can You Keep a Secret? would fit the bill. I could remember the basic storyline but not all the details. As with the first time, I was gripped from the first page!

          ***The plot***
          Emma Corrigan works in marketing and lives with her friends in a flat, she also has a few secrets, nothing world shattering to anyone else but very important to her. Whilst returning home from a business trip to Scotland she is upgraded to business class and sits next to a young business man. Not long into the flight the plane is affected by turbulence and Emma, a nervous flyer, thinks they are all going to die. In her nervous state she starts talking to the man next to her and finds that she cannot stop herself from blurting out all sorts of personal details about herself. The plane lands safely and Emma and the man part company and although Emma is embarrassed she consoles herself with the thought that she will never see this man again. However, fate plays an unfair blow to Emma and her nervous rambling on the plane comes back to haunt her!

          **The Main Characters**
          *Emma*
          Emma is an ordinary girl in her twenties, who would rather be a size 8 than a size12, tells white lies rather than hurt peoples feelings and makes her GCSE grades look better on her CV than they actually are. She has ordinary parents and a cousin, Kerry, who has been living with them since a child. She dislikes Kerry because she feels that her parents see Kerry as successful in her career and in over compensating for the loss of Kerry's own mother, Emma's parents have shown Kerry more attention over the years. However, Emma is a lovely girl with a kind and generous nature and she never shows her parents how upset she feels about this and always takes Kerry's snide remarks and teasing on the chin.

          **Lissy**
          LIssy is Emma's best friend and one of her flat mates. They have known each other since school days and Emma thinks that Lissy tells her everything even though she doesn't Lissy absolutely everything, sometimes preferring to tell a white lie rather than hurt LIssy's feelings. Lissy is a barrister and tough when in court but has a soft, generous nature to her friends, however, she will defend them and support them in times of trouble. Everyone must surely have a best friend like Lissy.

          **Jemima**
          Jemima is the third flat mate. Her one aim in life is to get a rich man and a ring on her finger. She finds it difficult to understand her flat mates' more undemanding attitude to their men friends. She comes from a wealthy family and has loads of designer clothes which Lissy and Emma go to great lengths to "borrow" when Jemima is out of the flat.

          **Connor**
          Connor is Emma's boyfriend. On paper he is perfect, good looking, kind, generous and wants her to move in with him. In reality he is slightly boring and Emma feels that something is missing but can't think what.

          **Jack**
          Jack is Emma's neighbour on the aeroplane. He is good looking, successful, rich and just a little different to anyone Emma has met before.

          The book is written as if Emma is speaking and thinking so you get to see the world and the other characters from her perspective and live her life with all its ups and downs through her eyes. The story is both funny and thoughtful and whizzes along at quite a pace so that the pages just fly past. Emma is just an average girl and so everyone can probably identify with her and her thoughts and feelings in various situations. I often found myself thinking "I think that", or "I say that". Sophie Kinsella has captured the essence of an ordinary girl, with ordinary thoughts and actions and put her into situations that we can all identify with - office politics, boyfriend ups and downs, family problems and dealing with life in general. She has also thrown in a good dollop of fun and romance and in doing so has written a good story with excellent characters which is easily readable and enjoyable.

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            24.06.2010 21:04
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            Is it a secret or a white lie............

            What would you do if you were a nervous flyer and the plane you were on got very turbulent? Would you think you were going to die a horrible death and tell the person sitting next to you all of your deepest darkest secrets? I know I wouldn't but Emma Corrigan main character in Sophie Kinsella's Can You Keep a Secret? Does just that. She tells the dishy American Gentleman sitting next to her all of her deepest darkest secrets - which she hasn't even told her best friend. Thinking she is going to die anyway she doesn't see the harm in doing this - even if she survives she surely won't see the man again so no harm done. Only she does see the man again - the very next morning at work, he is the owner of Panther Cola the company she works for.


            Can You Keep A Secret? Was a really enjoyable book to read, most of the characters in the book were extremely likable and ones you could find yourself warming to and in some instances you can also feel yourself relating to them and some of the predicaments they get themselves into. Like a lot of books there are one or two dislikeable characters that you just can't seem to figure out or warm to and you will certainly find at least two in Can You Keep a Secret? that you won't like or warm to, but in my opinion you have to have a couple of characters which aren't as likable as this adds some more depth and mystery to the plot as these sort of characters leave you wondering what they are going to do next.


            Emma's Corrigan's character in the book is brilliant, you find yourself warming to her and in some instances you can relate to the predicaments she gets herself into. Albeit in some instances Emma's character is pretty predictable, but the predictability of her character doesn't ruin the book - I think Emma is as predictable because you get to know her so well and you can relate to her. Some of the things she says and does are things which we ourselves would do if we were in the same predicament as Emma. Throughout the book you experience different emotions with Emma, you feel happy when she is and when she is sad you feel sorry for her.


            Can You Keep a Secret is a very well written book in my opinion, Emma Corrigan is telling us her story in a narrative way - by doing this I think it gives us more of an insight into her life and personality. Another good thing about the book is the fact that the whole plot doesn't flow over the space of a few years, the plot only covers an approximate 6 month time period or so. I think that this is a really good thing and another element which makes the book very enjoyable to read - mainly because there aren't any chapters in the book which skipped a few years or months ahead. This is what made the book more enjoyable for me as you weren't left wondering what happened to the main characters in the time space which was skipped. In all Can You Keep a Secret had a really nice flow to it from beginning to end.


            Even although Can You Keep A Secret? Had a very basic somewhat predictable plot and characters, I still found myself drawn into the world of Emma Corrigan and her antics. Because of Emma's Secrets and antics the reader is drawn into the plot and eager to advance through the book so you can find out what happens to Emma and how she overcomes obstacles which she has created herself by telling someone her secrets - I would personally say that Emma's secrets are more like little white lies.


            Overall I would say that this was a very enjoyable and satisfying book to read which is jam packed with humorous events which will no doubted have the reader laughing out loud in most parts of the book. I can honestly say that this book is one of Sophie Kinsella's best as the plot is a lot funnier and more light-hearted that her other books. I would be lying if I said this book was perfect, there are some slight flaws in the plot and characterisation - but this by no means ruins the book. Can You Keep a Secret is a light hearted book which isn't supposed to be taken seriously by the reader. Albeit some of the flaws would have been overcome had Kinsella put a little more thought into the characterisation and plot? Apart from these small flaws I can't think of anything else which made the book dislikeable or ruined it in anyway.


            If you have read any of the other Sophie Kinsella books you will like this one as well as it has the same sort of formula - You have the likeable characters with one or two dislikeable ones thrown in for good measure, the love/hate relationships, simple yet enjoyable storyline, good looking successful boyfriend/husband, middle class main character who lives a classy lifestyle and likes the finer things in life (like Becky Bloomwood from the Shopaholic Series of Kinsella Books) in all this was a very enjoyable book to read and if you haven't read any of the Kinsella books before I highly recommend this one.


            Thanks for reading

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              07.06.2010 02:32
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              A Great read , one i shall re-read again

              Sophie Kinsella

              Can you keep a secret.

              Pages 329 (an easy read)

              About the Book

              Emma is the most nervous flyer to walk the earth, So much so she decides to embark on a flight but during the flight , it hits some turbulence which sends Emma in to a bit of a panic, but thank the lord she is sat next to a very good looking and sexy American, So with the fear of dying looming over her she decides to spill everything all her deep and dark secrets come tumbling out to the American , She tells him everything leaving nothing out , From wondering if she has a "G" spot or if her boyfriend just can not find it to How she feels like the biggest fraud at work,

              However Emma Does make a happy landing and it is all pushed to the back of her mind along with the flight until she goes in to work , The big boss is coming in to look round her branch , Emma not really noticing him at first just looks up as he is walking round and discovers it is the American .... The one she told all her secrets too , the question is how will he use these against her and after all he knows all about her but does she really know anything about him ??

              My opinion on the Book

              This is the second one of Sophie Kinsella's books i have read, The first being Confessions of a shopaholic, and although I did enjoy that book a lot I have to say I really prefer this , Basically because it was funnier , there were more quips and laughs to be had as you can relate to Emma in a lot of ways, and unless you were in debt you really could not do that with Rebecca in Confessions...

              Emma is the girl that most of us women have been at some stage in our life, So it is a book that I would recommend to many of my female friends, although I'm sure none of us have done our hair like princess Leah .

              Seriously if you are looking for a great summer read then this is the one to pack , I found after reading a few chapters that i would be thinking about it and would just giggle out load , even reading it you will find yourself chuckling at her.

              I loved the book and despite the confession of a shopaholic i shall go on to read many more books of hers, and shall be looking at trying the shopaholic ties the knot, it goes to prove that just because of one book i did not really care for that her others should not be shelved and avoided, this book is up there with the style of Marian Keyes for me
              And is worthy for me to re-read again at a later date.

              It is a fantastic page turner you will find hard to put down!!

              You can buy this from most online stores but I got mine from Whsmiths priced at £5.59 but i am sure you can find it cheaper on Amazon. Especially with some of the deals they have.

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                While Can You Keep a Secret is an entertaining book, I wasn't overly impressed with it mainly because of the way in which it was a bit of a let down, especially compared to Kinsella's other books. As I said in my reviews of Remember Me and Twenties Girl, the things that I love the most about her writing include her originality and the manner in which the author manages to captivate me- to the point where I refuse to put the book down until I've read it all. Can You Keep A Secret was certainly entertaining- but not so gripping. It took me four days to complete the book, and I am someone who can easily complete an (interesting) book in a few hours' time.


                Emma Corrigan is getting ready for a promotion at work. She wants to show everyone in her family- including her snotty, two-faced cousin what she can achieve. To top it all, she's getting very comfortable with her Ken-doll-like boyfriend and their relationship might just go one step further. Life suddenly takes a drastic change for Emma, when on an extremely turbulent plane ride, Emma is convinced that she's going to die and blurts all of her deepest secrets to the man sitting next to her.


                The plane lands safely instead of crashing and Emma goes away, confident never to see this stranger who knows everything about her again. However, she goes to work next day and discovers that her plane partner is actually the CEO of her company who flew in for a visit...


                As mentioned above, the book was quite entertaining, even if it lacked in captivating elements. I certainly would not call this novel a waste of time- you get to live some funny moments with the protagonist and I have to say that contrary to other Kinsella novels that I've personally read, this one ended up being more romantic than most. What I liked was the manner in which the romance was depicted over an every-day life background, and was still realistic and relatable. The emphasis was mainly over the couple, which was a refreshing change from the way in which the primary focus was solely over the protagonist in the other books. While I will not describe it as a typical romance- for the plot does have its fair amount of twists and turns- I have to say that the romantic aspect of the book was a little bit too predictable for me.


                In fact, the predictability of the book really hindered my appreciation of Can You Keep a Secret. I've always admired Kinsella for her knack of introducing the unexpected- but in this book, the first three chapters already show you what will happen next. It was entertaining in the sense that it differs from other books in terms of style and language; she was as usual, casual and informal in her tone. However, I think that there are places where the author seemed to be trying too hard, and giving too many details away. I love reading a book that withholds a little bit on the details, hence giving me free rein to pursuer the happenings in my mind and imagine the situation, but that was not possible with her style of writing in the novel. There are pages that are really filled with extreme details that are not relevant to the plot, hence hindering my being able to really live the story in my mind's eye.


                Overall, I will recommend this book- not as highly as I recommend Remember Me, or Twenties Girl- but for some light reading and entertainment. Three stars, because it was a bit of a let down from other books, and because it could have been so much better.


                ~Thanks for reading!~

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                  30.04.2010 00:54
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                  A* definately an amazing read

                  Can You Keep A Secret - Sophie Kinsella

                  I must admit I am one of Sophie Kinsellas biggest fans and was absolutely engrossed when reading this amazing book, another great read from the brilliant author.

                  Can You Keep A Secret is about a 25 Year Old girl, Emma Corrigan, a Marketing Assistant at Panther Corporations and begins on a plane, travelling back to London from a conference where she has failed miserably to secure a very important company account and in the process convincing herself that she has blew all chances of her recieving a much wanted and much needed promotion, the plane starts to experience turbulance she is convinced that the worst is going to happen and starts incoherently babbling all of her deepest, darkest secrets to the man next to her....unbeknown to her he is, her out-of-town Big Boss, owner and founder of the company, Jack Harper on his way over from America to visit the company.
                  Babbling secrets about faking a Maths B Grade on her CV to your boss is not the best idea, neither is telling a complete stranger, just because he is sitting in the wrong place at the wrong time that you find your G-String uncomfortable, you think that your boyfriend (Connor) looks like Ken (out of Barbie and Ken), She feeds a work collegues favourite plant Orange Juice and she is really a size 12, not the size 8 that she convinced her boyfriend she was!
                  After the turbulance is over and the plane has successfully landed safely, Emma is mortified at what has just happened and the only relief is that she never has to see that poor man again........that is until Monday Morning and she catches sight of the "Big Boss " of Panther Corporations visiting the office........................
                  Having someones secrets to hand gives you a certain feeling of ownership and power, Jack certainly uses Emma's to his advantage, playing games can be fun but can have concequences. Will any of her secrets be revealed...............................................
                  This book will appeal to every female (and male) because everybody has secrets, no matter how insignificant they seem to the beholder no-one ever wants them to be revealed, least of all in this way........especially not to your boss!!!!

                  I adore this book because, well, who doesn't like to know other peoples secrets. The characters are described in great detail so that you actually "know" them and all have great personalities, friends that you would wish that you had.

                  Sophie Kinsella has a way of capturing peoples imaginations and she certainly did that for me, I could quite happily read this book from cover to cover over and over again.
                  Sometimes if I am after a bit of quiet time with a quick read I will just pick the book up and open it at a random page and start reading, I never get lost because I have read it so many times.

                  I would definately recommend this book to everyone and anyone. If you love secrets then this is the book for you, if you love chick flicks then do try this.

                  Absolutely A* Again Sophie Kinsella!!!!

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                    12.02.2010 02:24
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                    A good fun book that's hard to come across nowadays.

                    I have a love of books but a book has to grab me within the first few pages or I won't make it past the second chapter. Can you keep a secret? by Sophie Kinsella does just that by the end of the first page I was already loving it.

                    So far I have read all the Sophie Kinsella books which mostly consisted of the shopohiolic books, and wanted to try out her lastest single novel.
                    Emma is stuck in a dead end job, and at a meeting she manages to ruin her one chance of getting a promotion when flying back from the meeting she become very nervous and when it hits turbulance spills all her deepest secrets to the man next to her...who predictably turns out to be her boss. Trouble starts from there...

                    The name and the design work on the outer cover are what first made me pick up the book and and £4 it was a cheap read. The opening pages and then the first couple of chapters are a great set up and grab the attention immediatly. The characters created make you fall in love with them and absolutly believe in what are almost unrealistic sequence of events through out the book, but still you follow the store of Emma and Jack avidly.

                    The story, although seems predictable at first(and though like all chick flicks we know how it is going to end), suprises you along the way giving what is a basic storyline a good plot that engages the reader.
                    From the start you know this is not a hard hitting drama but it is a bit of fun that is an easy read, great for holidays as you can pick up and put it down as you feel....unless your like me and enjoy it so much you read it beginning to end in one sitting.

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                      11.01.2010 16:26
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                      A humorous chic-lit

                      I have read all of Sophie Kinsella,s books and this is by far my favourite. I stayed up and read this book in just over 4 hours! each time you put it down it calls you back. There are parts of this book that are so funny and have you laughing which is unusual for me when reading! I think every woman can relate to the character in this book.

                      The main character in this book is Emma Corrigan. The book starts of with Emma who is on her way back from a business trip and her airplane goes through some turbulence and she thinks she's going to die so she turns to the man next to her and starts talking. She starts confessing things she's never done, all her deepest secrets, secrets about work and her boyfriend. She starts confessing every little thing in her head and by the time the plane has landed, she's told this poor American guy all the embarrassing moments of her life!!

                      The problem is later on in the book the poor american guy Jack, turns out to be her Big boss at the company she works for. Things start to get a bit awkward for Emma having Jack around at work as he knows all her dirty little secrets including secrets that she told him about work such as lying on her C.V to get the job !!Emma thinks Jack is here in the company to get rid of her but the thing is has Jack fallen for the lovely Emma.

                      This is a great book and I can't recommend this book enough. If you are after a chic-lit with a chance to have a good chuckle this is the book for you. I think we all have got some of the same secrets hidden away as Emma!!
                      I will be reading this again

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                        18.10.2009 02:55
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                        You Wont Keep It A Secret!!

                        This is another book I read quite a number of years ago, I borrowed it off my dad's girlfriend and couldnt remember the title for years which really bugged me. Then I was on Amazon about a month ago and couldnt believe my eyes when I saw the book cover on my recommendations! So I brought it straight away and as soon as it got here I read it cover to cover and just couldnt put it down!

                        Quick Book Review:
                        The author of this book is the wildly successful Sophie Kinsella who's name you might know from the "Shopaholic" series of books and she got this book published in 2003 by Black Swan Books.
                        The main character of this story is Emma a normal everyday girl, and like most normal girls Emma has secrets, not earth shattering secrets but little ones like, her G-String is hurting or she thinks her boyfriend looks like Ken of Barbie and Ken. So she has a few little secrets that she intends to remain in her head. Until a chance meeting on a plane and she ends up blurting all her secrets out to a stranger on a plane! But is this man really a stranger? No it turns out he is only the owner of the company she works for!
                        From the minute Emma meets Jack (the stranger) her life changes this man knows every deep dark secret she has, but what will he do with these secrets? Well you will have to read the book to find that out but I will say there are many twists and laugh out loud bits in this book which both help to make it excellent reading. There are times when we actually feel Emma's pain and embarassment and she is a very likeable person.
                        A fabulous read, however I think maybe women would enjoy it more than men as it is quite a girly "chick" book.
                        10/10 another fantastic book by Sophie Kinsella!

                        Price:
                        You can get this book (pre owned) from Amazon for 1p without postage and if you want your book to be brand spanking new it will cost you around £5.99 so it's really up to you how much money you want to spend and if you want a brand new book or not. :)

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                        05.10.2009 00:31
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                        5 stars

                        I am big fan of chick lit, but I *am* fussy. They have to be believable (to an extent), funny, sweet and not contrived. There is nothing worse than a book that doesn't flow at all.

                        However, here is a book that ticks all the boxes. Good plot, likeable characters, great writing, funny, sweet, romantic: this is THE BEST chick lit book I've ever read (and i've read a few!)

                        Plot...

                        The book centres around Emma, a slightly scatty 20 something, who is stuck in a bit of a dead end job, with a bit of a dull boyfriend. She is real, and has faults we can all relate to and has a few harmless secrets (she's a 12, not an 8, she buys her designer clothes from charity shops etc.). The problems start when she boards a plane, which hits heavy turbulence, and in a panic she starts to tell a complete stranger all her little secrets...This handsome stranger just so happens to be her ever so likeable boss...oops!

                        The story is great: hilarious at times, sweet at others. And the romance is perfect: not cheesy, not contrived. Just right.

                        I applaud Kinsella: she struck gold with this formula for writing a book!

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                        Emma is sitting on a turbulent plane. She's always been a v. nervous flyer. She really thinks that this could be her last moment. So, naturally enough, she starts telling the man sitting next to her ¿