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Can You Keep a Secret?

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  418,940 ratings  ·  13,698 reviews
Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets: Secrets from her boyfriend: I've always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken. Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur. Secrets she wouldn't share with an ...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Dell Publishing Company (first published March 23rd 2003)
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Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Can You Keep a Secret?, Sophie Kinsella

Emma Corrigan is a young woman in London, England. She is in a stable, but dull, relationship with the "perfect" man, and is currently attempting to climb the corporate ladder at Panther Cola, a multi-national cola company headquartered in London.

Satisfied with life, she is thrown off-kilter when she mistakenly blurts out all of her inner secrets to a complete stranger on a plane when it hits turbulence and she believes she is going to die. Emma believes t
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How hard is it to keep your deepest, darkest secrets, especially if you think you are about to die? Well for poor Emma, it seems to be quite hard.

Emma is in an airplane which is being tossed about in heavy turbulence, and when pure panic seizes her, she bursts out to the stranger sitting beside her ...

”...We’re not going to make it. I know we’re not. This is it. I’m twenty-five years old. I’m not ready. I haven’t achieved anything. I’ve never had children, I’ve never saved a life ... I have
Apr 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a fun and entertaining book! I laughed out loud multiple times and I also cringed several times because of how embarrassed I was for Emma.
My only problem with this book is that I felt like it could have been longer! It felt rushed at times and I wished there was more of an ending. I wanted to know how it all came together and like, for example, how Kerry was doing (terribly, I hope).
Nevertheless, I really enjoyed reading this book and I can't wait to read more of her novels in the
Oct 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Have you ever been on a plane ride through hell and you got so scared, you thought it was better to say what you have been dying to say all your life before you crash? I feel that way every time, honestly! Although I wouldn’t go into so much detail as Emma did in “Can You Keep A Secret?”

Once again Sophie Kinsella delivers a heroine that we want to cheer for and chastise at the same time! Emma is a lovable neurotic dreamer that I feel protective of. Spilling your deepest secrets, only to have the
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Two point five-ish stars ^^

Quirky, hilarious read about a 25 year old clumsy, silly, awkward Emma who is always caught in the most embarrassing situations and thinking she’s probably not yet embarrassed enough, spewed out every single one of her deepest, darkest most embarrassing secrets to a stranger on a plane when she thought they were going to die during a violent turbulence. The horrific result: strange man isn’t a stranger after all. LMAO!

While I wasn’t a fan of Emma (and of any other cha
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm not really 100% into Chick-Lit, but this is one of those books that I've seen pop up over and over again on all the Best Of lists over the years, and I've grown quite curious.


No, seriously. True story.


Anyway. I've been on the hunt for really funny fluff this past month and finally decided to pull the trigger on my first Sophia Kinsella book. Supposedly, this was a HI-LARIOUS rom-com, and I was in the market for exactly that.
Sometimes what makes me smile doesn't match up with everyon
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
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG, this book is laugh out loud funny, like sitting in my cubicle at work just giggling to myself. In the days, I spent reading this one I told numerous people about it because I was just so excited and happy to find a book that made me actual loud out loud. Some of my best friends raved about this book during our girls weekend last year and I was repeatedly told, you have to read this!

Emma Corrigan is a typical girl, just like us or me at least. She is awkward, inappropriate and just trying to
♛ may

Gosh, this books was so much fun!!!


Often times when I’m told a book is funny, I usually find that it turns out being more painful to read than anything. But damn, is Sophie Kinsella hilarious!

Can You Keep a Secret follows the charismatic tale of Emma Corrigan. This woman is a hoot, let me tell you. She’s hilariously paranoid and completely outrageous. She is the “ordinary, nothing-special sort of girl” but oh, does she have her secrets.

Secrets that she probably shouldn’t have blurted out
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
“Can You Keep A Secret?” Are you serious?!!??!? NO! I’m gonna spill all your secrets to my friends, Emma. You cannot trust me on this! I’m a bitch, I know. hahaha


1st secret: Guys.. this clumsy lady, Emma Corrigan is so damn lucky! She not that have much money, but she met an sweet-angel air-hostess so this sweetie air-hostess invite Emma to sit on the plane in Business class!!! She cheat!!! Without anyone else know! so she pretends to be businesswoman. See what she did!


2rd se
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
I swear the moment I was done with this book...I was just so..soo..


The ending seemed so...lacking? Disappointing? Hell !

Fr the first time,in my history of reading books.I actually ended up hating the hero Jack,(view spoiler) instead of the heroine,along with her cousin Kerry (who basically STOLE THE HEROINE'S ENTIRE CHILDHOOD) and her fashion/mommy obsessed roommate Jemima (who basically spent the whol
demi. ♡
❥ 2 / 5 stars

What should I say about this book? It was hilarious. Yes. It made me laugh. Yes. But the problem is... the plot itself made absolutely no sense to me. It made no sense since Emma (the protagonist of the book) told all her secrets to a complete stranger. Err.. Who’s gonna do that in real life? Even if someone is in the same situation as her, I don’t think he/she will do that, right? OK. It must be my fault that I thought I would enjoy this one despite nonsensical things in the book b
Trina (Between Chapters)
This was SO enjoyable to me! It delivered on the premise. I felt like the meme of eating popcorn while reveling in the drama.

-The whole thing revolves around an entry level employee and the CEO of her company knowing inappropriate things about her. I didn't feel like this story used a power imbalance to manipulate a relationship or employment status, but if boss/employee relationships are a dealbreaker for you, heads up.
-A few chapters make a big hubbub about the MC having a romantic dr
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
This was really cute and funny! A great lighthearted read. Review to come!
2.5 stars - Spoilers

This was kind of fun but also kind of awful, as expected the heroine was an utter idiot and the plot was beyond silly, but I have to admit that there were some funny moments and the story despite being nonsensical was easy to get through and somewhat entertaining.

-Who the hell would reveal ALL their secrets to a total stranger? The heroine (Emma) blurted out every little detail of her life to some random guy sitting next to her just because the plane she was on was going thro
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
3.75 stars

That was such a fun quirky entertaining book!

Emma ,who is kinda scared of flying, was on an airplane when a turbulence occur. Thinking she’s going to die, she started to panic and spilled all of her secrets to the guy setting next to her. Everything turns out to be okay. Emma goes home. Days later, the boss/owner of the company where she works comes to visit, and he’s none other than the stranger who she was supposed to never see again, but now he’s here and he knows all of her embarra
This book was hilarious. The basic idea is, imagine what would happen if in a moment of panic you were to spill all your darkest secrets to a perfect stranger and of course that stranger was extremely attractive and turned out to be a new big shot at your company, genius uh?
When Emma spills it all out it makes you want to cover your eyes with your hands and tell her:

The fun, as always with Kinsella standalone novels, is guaranteed and the romance is just witty and cute.
(view spoiler)
Megs ♥
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-4
Emma has always kept everything a secret, never really living the truest version of herself. Then one day she’s on a flight from Scotland and her plane has trouble in the air. She confesses everything to her seatmate, Jack… who turns out to be her boss. As usual with a Sophia Kinsella book, this had adorable, quirky characters, a heroine you just wanted to root for, and a fun story we got to watch slowly unfold as Emma (view spoiler) ...more
Salma Mattar
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
a real funny and light novel, one of my favorite chic lits. this is my 3rd re read of this novel and it never fails to make me laugh :D
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I have been a fan of Kinsella's since Finding Audrey. Naturally I went through all of her books and tried to decide which one to read. Can You Keep a Secret? stood out the most. I am happy to say that I loved it!

Emma has gone to represent her company Panther Cooperation in a meeting. As per Kinsella books the meeting turns into a disaster whilst Emma spilling a product on one of the other company's worker. Emma goes back in a bad mood a
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

"it was ok" is seriously such an accurate description of this book. good job, description-that-hovers-over-the-2-star-rating!

emma, our main character, is monumentally irritating. she compulsively lies about things that she shouldn't have to lie about, and is so horrendously unprofessional in her workplace, it's a wonder that she's maintained her job for as long as she has. and yet, somehow, she's an interesting and genuine person in the eyes of a multimillionaire. ok.

i think there's a
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
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cont-romance
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
Emma Corrigan is intolerably stupid. She lives with intolerably stupid flatmates, and has an intolerably stupid boyfriend whom she doesn't actually love but is determined to stay with because he is handsome.

Emma works for an intolerably stupid company (Panther Cola) and reports to tiny men with big egos that speak to her as though she is the biggest inconvenience in their day (my favourite lines are "Emma, please get your arse in gear" and "Emma, please get the fuck out of my office").

Instead of
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