CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? By Sophie Kinsella [Review]

This week I did something I’ve never done before. I finished an audio book and then immediately hit play to listen to it over again.
Can You Keep a Secret?
by Sophie Kinsella (read by Kate Reading) is one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a very long time. If you are a fan of chick- lit/romantic comedy then this is a must-read for you.

Here’s the plot: Emma Corrigan is a 25 year old young professional living in London. After some failed career attempts, Emma has finally gotten on her feet as a Marketing Assistant with the Panther Corporation, a company that makes a popular energy drink. During a flight home after a business meeting gone horribly wrong, the plane begins to experience extreme turbulence. Emma already has flight anxiety and this sends her over the edge. Thinking she’s going to die, Emma spills all her secrets to the man sitting next to her. For example, she lied on her resume, she’s really a size 4, and she killed her parents goldfish while they were out of town and replaced it with a new one. This is just the tip of the iceberg, Emma tells this man every personal detail of her life thinking she’ll never see him again…until she does.

Kate Reading does a phenomenal job reading Kinsella’s excellent writing. She nails the accents, attitudes and timing of her characters and narrates the novel smoothly. If they ever turn this book into a movie (as they did with Kinsella’s “Confession of a Shopaholic”), I could see it becoming one of my favorites.

Here are some quotes from “Can You Keep A Secret”:

“I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even exactly what it is.”

“I come over to the desk and look Doug Hamilton right in the eye. When the Panther consumer opens that can, he is making a choice that tells the world who he is. I’m asking Glen Oil to make the same choice.As I finish speaking, I plant the can firmly in the middle of the desk, reach for the ring pull, and, with a cool smile, snap it back…and a volcano erupts.”

“It’s just like Julie Andrews said. When the dog bites, when the bee stings . . . I simply remember I have a boyfriend and suddenly things don’t seem quite so completely shit.”

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars | Publisher: Books on Tape | Source: Audio Book | Buy on Amazon

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  • Kristen

    This sounds really good. Some of my favorite chick lit books are by British authors like Helen Fielding and Marian Keyes. I just like their sense of humor.