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Can You Keep a Secret?

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  189,565 ratings  ·  6,976 reviews
An instant New York Times bestseller, Kinsella's first stand-alone novel since the unforgettable Shopaholic series features the lovable and irrepressible Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart and a few little secrets.
Paperback, 416 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Dell Publishing Company (first published December 31st 1999)
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don't read this in public..especially if you're by yourself...

this book has been on my wishlist for years (apparently it was earning rave reviews from readers online) and yet everytime i come across this at bookstores i'd tell myself to postpone buying it since it had many copies on shelf. i never even bothered leafing through it. but one day i just decided to actually read its back cover and see what all the hoopla's about.

and then i saw the line, " Secrets she wouldn't share with anyone in the...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
So...I really wanted to dislike this book. I was determined not to allow myself to be one of "those girls." You know...the ones who plan ladies night out to watch Sex and the City. I've never had a desire to read Bridget Jones' Diary or The Devil Wears Prada (although I do hate to admit that I actually liked Devil as a movie) I mean, it's Chick Lit. Fluff without the smut. What fun is that?

Turns out, it's more fun than I was expecting. The book started out in such a way that I was expecting to g...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Goal: Read a light book and laugh my ass off.

Result: Read a stupid book that made me want to cut it into little pieces.

Overall Goal: Happiness.

Overall Result: A sh*tty headache.

All my friends gave Can You Keep A Secret? a high score, all of them loved it, all of them asked me to read it.

So I did.

Yep. And I ended up having a headache. Literally. Mrs. Kinsella you owe me a pack of meds and a nice foot massage.

So why did all my friends love this book and I didn’t? I have no idea, to tell you the tr...more
Feb 08, 2012 Dija rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dija by: Kissa, Jasprit, Jessica, Madu, mrsj, and Aly.
Rating Breakdown:
Enjoyment - 5 stars
Story - 3 stars
Emma - 3.5 stars
Jack - 2 stars
Side characters - 5 stars
Ending - 2.5 stars

The average is 3.5 stars, but since enjoyment is my number one reason for reading in the first place, I'll round it up to 4 stars.

This book is, hands-down, the funniest book I've ever read. I laughed so hard, I had tears in my eyes and cramps in my tummy throughout. This book should come with a warning label, something like, Can You Keep a Secret?... AKA The Sole Cause of...more
Gabriella *is awesome*
i swear when i was done with book i was sooo what ? umm...frustrated or somthing, geesh !

the ending seemed so...lacking ? disappointing ? i dont know maybe both....., i mean unlike Ms.Kinsella's

for the first time, in my history of books,i actually ended up hating the hero jack,(view spoiler)(instead of the heroine ) along with her cousin kerry (whojust HAPPENED TO STEAL her ENTIRE CHILDHOOD) and her fashion/mommy obsessed ro...more
Meg ♥
Feb 26, 2012 Meg ♥ rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Meg ♥ by: Jasprit

First of all thank you, Jasprit, for insisting I read this one. A couple of days ago I was sick and in bed all day. I had just finished another book and was wondering which book to start next. I saw this on my Nook and remembered you said it's her best book. This book really made me feel better when I was under the weather.

Emma is 25 and has been through many jobs. She has had a job in marketing for over a year now, and although she does okay, she's not exactly moving up the corporate ladder. Sh...more
My first - and almost certainly last - foray into chick lit. Very shallow, contrived and implausible, albeit in a self-conscious ("ironic"?) way.

Although the "plot" may excuse the improbable co-incidences, there is no justification for the ludicrously artificial dialogue. I find all the "poor fluffy little me struggling to bluff it in the big bad grown up world" nauseating. Not as funny as it thinks because the humour, such as it is, is entirely reliant on very cliched stereotypes.

If it were w...more
Worst book I have read in a LONG, long time. Seriously, How could so many of you like this book? Now I remember why I hate chick-lit so much. After having read and adored Something Borrowed and Something Blue I thought I wasn't giving enough credit to this genre, I thought there were some good books on it out there. Because of this, I went to a list with the best chick-lit books and added them to my TBR pile. This is the first one I try and I completely abhorred it.

I found this read and most of...more
I completely forgot I read this book until I saw some reference to Sophie Kinsella and thought, "Wait, didn't I read something by her?" That's exactly what this book was: mildly entertaining and completely forgettable.
Idle Hippo
Jun 09, 2008 Idle Hippo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mereka yang pengen ketawa, gak peduli cewe ato cowo
sebuah pengakuan.. um.. setengah pengakuan lebih tepatnya

chiklit.. chicklit.. cik ah
okay.. okay.. gw baca chicklit juga ahirnya.
kesan pertama baca chiklit gw jadi punya perasaan udah ngintip kehidupan seorang cewe dan rahasia-rahasia mereka. oo.. jadi gini kalo cw lagi ember, oo.. jadi gini cewe kalo lagi dandan, oo.. jadi gini kalo cewe lagi ngegosipin cowo, oo.. jadi gini kalo cewe lagi ngadat, tanpa bermaksud untuk menyamaratakan cewe, jadi maaf kalo ada cewe yang merasa gak seperti itu ya.....more
I adored this one! Emma spills all her secrets to a stranger on a plane when she thinks they're about to die- then he turns out to be the millionaire head of the company she works for. The rest of the story is well paced and enjoyable. Emma was a very likable and easy to relate to character and I definitely found myself hoping things would work out for her. The writing is light and witty and the book is impossible to put down. It was a very fun read and definitely on par with Kinsella's Shopahol...more
Aug 13, 2008 Serena rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anna Horner
Sophie Kinsella's "Can You Keep a Secret?" blew me away with its wit and humor. There were times when I roared out loud with laughter and there was a time near the end of the book where I wanted to weep. This book surpassed my expectations. After reading the Undomestic Goddess, I was expecting a book that was similarly amusing, but Emma is a much funnier character.

***Spoiler Alert***

When we meet Emma Corrigan she totally messes up a "slam-dunk" business meeting and is headed back to London from...more
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missEvi [can't commit to a book]

Wait, wait.. oops another of my brain cells just committed suicide...

I have to say this is the first time I've read a Kinsella book. I also have to admit that I am not very into chick-lit. But, I have read enough to know that is not acceptable to base a book on a totally stupid, ignorant and "fake" character! Don't get me wrong, I am not trying to compare this with any "serious literature". I knew what I got myself into. But honestly, there has to be a bottom line to "light read". Many authors...more
Dec 01, 2007 Rhapsody rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: romance/comedy readers
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Jonna Rubin
I'm too old for Sophie Kinsella. While I enjoy chick lit -- and have definitely read my share of fluff -- Kinsella crosses the line here, just a bit. I'm tired -- nay, EXHAUSTED -- of supposedly smart heroines who are too stupid to realize they're smart, so they continue to act stupid, and I'm even more exhausted of the idea that boyfriends solve everything. That statement pretty much sums up "Can You Keep A Secret?"

I love chick lit. I love Jennifer Weiner and Marian Keyes -- I love them. While...more
Audio-I was not expecting to laugh myself to tears, not even expecting to really even finish this book. I read it looking to expand my reading pool after a friends fantastic recommendation. it was the funniest book I think I've ever read. I was laughing so hard at time I got loads of weird looks from people while walking my dogs. Oh, well I am the crazy laughing women. The narrator for this book has a dream voice.
Emma, a sweet young women working her way up in a corporation. She tries so hard re...more
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Everyone has a secret. It's completely normal I'm sure I don't have any more than anybody else. I'm not talking big, earth-shattering secrets. Not the-president-is-planning-to-bomb-Japan-and-only-Will-Smith-can-save-the-world type secrets. Just normal, everyday little secrets.

And when she believes she's about to die on a very turbulent plane ride, Emma Corrigan begins spilling all those tiny, nonsense secrets to her very handsome seat partne...more
Aug 23, 2008 Jc rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: chicklit
I decided to give Sophie Kinsella another try (I started a Shopaholic book once, but must have been in Chicklit burnout because I couldn't finish it), and picked up Can You Keep a Secret?. The premise is that Emma has a really horrible day that ends in a terrifying plane trip. In a panic, she turns to the man sitting beside her and spills every secret she has ever had: lying about her grades on her resume, that she hates jazz even though her boyfriend thinks she loves it and continues to buy her...more
This is probably my favourite Sophie Kinsella so far.

Emma Corrigan is afraid of flying. So when her plane has to deal with a bad case of turbulence and she thinks she's going to die, she spills all her secrets to the man next to her. All her secrets. Like how she tells everyone she's a size 8, when she's really a size 12. How she hates wearing G strings. How she secretly feeds her annoying colleague's office plant orange juice. No harm done, right? After all, this is a total stranger and she's n...more
Kajal Nehra
Dec 03, 2013 Kajal Nehra rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a good laugh
AHHH! This book was... It was... I'm out of words! It was that good.

'… knight in shining armour is not a realistic option. But there's a part of me that wants a huge, amazing romance. I want passion. I want to be swept off my feet. I want an earthquake, or a … I don't know, a huge whirlwind … something exciting. Sometimes I feel as if there's this whole new, thrilling life waiting for me out there, and if I can just—'

Oh god I enjoyed this book trememndously! It was a roller-coaster ride of emot...more
Natalie Monroe
Can You Keep a Secret is possibly my favorite Kinsella standalone.

It follows the story of Emma, an ordinary, slightly ditzy girl (think Anna from Anna and the French Kiss) who accidentally spills all her secrets to a stranger on the plane. And that stranger later turns out to be her boss.

In honor of this book—and because I absolutely suck at writing reviews for books I love, I am going to spill to you, strangers of the Internet, all of my secrets. Okay, not all, but five.

1. I used to be majorly...more
Re-read April 11, 2011:
What I always tell people is that it's good this was the first Kinsella I read, because if I'd read those dumb Shopaholic books first, I'd never have bothered with this. That said, this made me laugh out loud the first time I read it, and everyone I've ever talked to about it said the same thing. Ironically, many of us also read it on an airplane, which is funnier if you've read the book.

Anyway, with all my recent heavy reading and because I BookCrossed my first copy of th...more
♥ Sarah ♥
So I thought this book had a pretty cool concept. I mean, we all have little secrets, even if they're pretty insignificant to anyone else but us. So I could relate to that.

But unfortunately the main character, Emma, was one of those characters that absolutely infuriated me most of the time. Pretty much she's a complete moron.

It's weird because I actually do like chick flicks, and the majority of the time women in those are pretty shallow and stupid. But for some reason I think that kind of chara...more
Sophie Kinsella could honestly be a script-writer for a typical chick-flick movie. Her stories are fluffy, cute, and totally predictable. Yet, I know this is an author I’ll be re-visiting, simply because her novels are so much fun, her characters so clumsy and realistic, and her romances heart-warming and bittersweet.

While returning from a failed business trip by flight, Emma is caught unawares by rocky turbulence. In a state of panic, Emma unwillingly begins to spill all her little secrets: ho...more
I am not a Shopaholic reader but this hilarious chic lit absolutely has influenced me to find other Sophie Kinsella’s books.

Emma spills all her secrets to a stranger on a plane when she thinks they're about to die. But then this strange guy turns out to be the co-founder of the company she works for. OMG! *wink*

Jack Harper; a multi-millionaire bachelor that the girls would die for. But literally, he only opens his heart to this nothing-special-ordinary-girl named Emma. He felt extre...more
OH MY GOD! I loved this book like seriously! I could definitely see this book being turned into a cute romantic comedy!

When her flight didn't go well, she afraid that she might be die. That's why Emma blurted out her secrets to stranger who sit next to her. And it turns out that stranger is the CEO of her office!

I can't believe it! This book made me giggle,laugh out loud ,gasp, sigh and cry in one day! The way Miss Kinsella wrote her characters are terrific. Awesomely awkward yet it's really fu...more
Cora Linn

A hilarious read that's been hovering at the back of my mind since the last page. It's a pleasure to read time and again, and Sophie Kinsella is my go-to when I need something easy-going to cheer me up.

Emma is one disaster after another, always getting herself into sticky situations. And sometimes she can't help but lie. But doesn't that happen to us all? One little white lie and then suddenly you've spun a web and you're stuck in the middle.

Jack was a hate-love character for me. At first I d...more
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"I've been transformed. I'm a new Emma. Far more open than I used to be. Far more honest. Because what I really learned is, if you can't be honest with your friends and colleagues and loved ones, then what is life all about?"

Emma has secrets. Big deal, right? Doesn't everybody? But Emma has a lot of little secrets, and sometimes they are hard to manage. So when she lets loose with a torrent of word vomit on a plane ride and confesses all her secrets to the man sitting next to her she feels a bit...more
Aly is so frigging bored
Sep 16, 2011 Aly is so frigging bored rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Aly is so frigging bored by: Madu
Shelves: contemporary
Gender: Chick Lit
Hero: Jack Harper
Heroine: Emma Corrigan
Rating: 5*

Wow I so didn't expect to like this book. But I did!!!

I was putting this off for 2 or 3 weeks since my good friend Madu told me about it. And today I decided to take it with me on the train. It was a blessing and a curse: I loved it! I had so much fun reading it and I was so happy that there are other goofy people out there :D. That was the blessing, the bad thing was: I read it on a frigging train and I wanted to laugh and I cou...more
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Madeleine Wickham (born 12 December 1969) is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her...more
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