Publisher: Black Swan
Recommended For: Fans of chick-lit and Sophie Kinsella
Emma is like every girl in the world. She has a few little secrets.
Secrets from her mother:
1. I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom to Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben Hur.
…From her boyfriend:
2. I’m a size twelve. Not a size eight, like Connor thinks.
3. I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.
…From her colleagues:
4. When Artemis really annoys me, I feed her plant orange juice.(Which is pretty much every day)
5. It was me who jammed the copier that time. In fact, all the times.
…Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world:
6. My G string is hurting me.
7. I faked my Maths GCSE grade on my CV.
8. I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is…
…until she spills them all to a stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger…
There are some secrets you wouldn’t tell anyone, not even your best friend or family. However, during a flight, 20-something-year-old Emma fears the worst and accidently spills all her secrets to the guy sitting next to her. Little does she know that this won’t be the last time she sees him…
It is undeniable that Sophie Kinsella writes some of the best chick-lit books, and Can You Keep a Secret? is no exception. It’s funny, romantic and light-hearted – and I devoured it in a couple of days. Emma’s list of secrets made me laugh out loud, especially “I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is…” and “I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.” Some of her other secrets include faking her Maths GCSE on her CV, feeding her annoying colleague’s plant orange juice, and lying about her dress size to her boyfriend.
I loved the characterisation in this book. Emma is so relatable, making her the perfect protagonist for this kind of novel. She’s clumsy, awkward and makes mistakes, just like the rest of us. Emma is overshadowed by her cousin Kerry, who came to live with her family as a child, following the death of her mother. Emma is stuck in a lowly-paid job and always gets blamed for things, whereas Kerry is spoiled and hugely successful. Unsurprisingly, this makes Emma feel really inferior. Lissy and Gemma, Emma’s flatmates, are fantastic supporting characters. I did like Jack, Emma’s love interest, but he was a bit of a jerk at some points, especially when he is on TV and does something to hurt Emma (I won’t reveal what). However, I could see why Emma is so attracted to him. I mean, he is a multimillionaire.
If you love chick-lit, I’d recommend reading Can You Keep a Secret? It shows that you have to be careful who you tell your secrets to, and if people aren’t treating you well, you should let them know. While it is a bit predictable, Can You Keep a Secret? is a fun, quick read that is perfect for taking on holiday and reading on the beach or by the pool.
Thanks for reading!