Can You Keep A Secret?: A Novel by Sophie KinsellaCan You Keep A Secret?: A Novel by Sophie Kinsella

Can You Keep A Secret?: A Novel

bySophie Kinsella

Paperback | March 1, 2005

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SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE • From #1 New York Times bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, a novel with the same wicked humor, buoyant charm, and optimism as her beloved Shopaholic series.
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 anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is.
Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger. . . .
But come Monday morning, Emma’s office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO.  Suddenly Emma is face-to-face with the stranger from the plane, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her. Things couldn’t possibly get worse. Or could they?
Praise for Can You Keep a Secret?
“Venturing beyond Saks and Barney’s, the bestselling author of Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Ties the Knot entertains readers with backstabbing office shenanigans, competition, scandal, love and sex. . . . Kinsella’s down-to-earth protagonist is sure to have readers sympathizing and doubled over in laughter.”Publishers Weekly 

“If laughing out loud in public places is your bag, be sure to pick up [Can You Keep a Secret?]. Heroine Emma Corrigan is going to be your new best friend.”Boston Herald
“Kinsella’s timing is so perfect, her instincts so spot-on, that it’s easy to . . . devour the book like the guilty pleasure it is.”Miami Herald

“Chick lit at its lightest and breeziest . . . filled with fabulous clothes, stalwart friends, and snotty enemies waiting to be taken down a peg.”Orlando Sentinel 

“[Kinsella’s] dialogue is sharp, even her minor characters are well drawn, and her parody of the marketing world is very funny.”Washington Post Book World 

“[A] comedic frenzy of ill-fated events . . . punchy . . . fast-moving.”Rocky Mountain News 
Sophie Kinsella is the author of the bestselling Shopaholic series, as well as the novels Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me?, Twenties Girl, I've Got Your Number, Wedding Night, My Not So Perfect Life, and Surprise Me. She lives between London and the country.
Title:Can You Keep A Secret?: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:368 pages, 8.24 × 5.15 × 0.73 inShipping dimensions:8.24 × 5.15 × 0.73 inPublished:March 1, 2005Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385338082

ISBN - 13:9780385338080


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Read it !! I couldn't put it down. I laughed omg .... really nice read It's a must ... my first Sophie kinsella
Date published: 2018-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honestly love it I have started laughing out loud on the bus while reading it. Its great i want to read more books by her.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SIMPLY AMAZING! This was the first book I read which was by Sophie Kinsella and definitely one of the best! Couldn't even put the book down.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick and fun summer read A good story with fun characters and interesting dilemmas. A quick and fun summer read #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I agree with the other reviews, it's a good book if you are looking for something super light and fast to read. The characters seem to be really similar to every other Kinsella book though...
Date published: 2018-06-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent Most Sophie Kinsella are enjoyable but after reading one book it starts to feel like you read them all. Easy read,
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Cheesy I honestly don't understand the hype with Sohpie Kinsella books. The books I've read by her aren't that much different from other chick-lit books. This one in particular was incredibly cheesy, especially the end where the main character says something along the lines of, "When he asks me what I'm thinking about, I say nothing, but in reality I'm naming our future children." Is that supposed to be romantic???
Date published: 2018-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I love everything Sophie Kinsella writes! Super enjoyable to read.
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down!! This was such a great read!! Easy and Enjoyable!! My friends couldn't wait to borrow it after my non stop talking about it!!
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun, lovey read Love this book with its fun, romantic stories... lot of moments where I laugh out loud. My go to book when I want something easy and fun to read
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sophie Kinsella at her best! Loved this one! Exactly what I was in the mood for when I bought this Kinsella novel. Romantic yet so funny!
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Easy read! This book was so funny, an easy read. Love the story. Emma makes me laugh out loud at every turn of the page. Well worth the read.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner! Beware spoilers ahead! 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 and has quite a bit to drink. The plane she is on experiences turbulence. Out of panic (and she's drunk) Emma tells all her secrets to another passenger. All's fine until Emma goes to work on Monday to find out that the passenger is the CEO of Panther Cooperation. Can You Keep a Secret? was so funny and relatable! The writing tense is in first person all from Emma's point of view. There are numbers for the chapters. As well as emails and notes.  I related to a lot of Emma's work woes. It's really hard to prove yourself in a workplace that doesn't appreciate you. Emma's co-workers like Artemis reminded me off some of my co-workers. There's always that one person that's just fake. On the bright side Katie was fun to read about! She was actually really sweet and a good friend to Emma. Emma lived in an apartment with two flatmates. Lissy and Jemima. Lissy has been Emma's best friend since they were 7. Lissy and Emma constantly support each other throughout Can You Keep a Secret? There friendship was absolutely adorable! I'm a bit conflicted about Jemima. She definitely thought she was helping. But Jemima's suggestions were terrible. And didn't really make sense. I do have to give Jemima props for trying to help. Emma's family play a huge part in Can You Keep a Secret? Emma feels that she's disappointed her parents. Her cousin Kerry always tries (and succeeds) to one up Emma. Nev (Kerry's husband) also pokes at Emma about her career changes. Emma is able to sort everything out with her family. Prior to Can You Keep a Secret? Emma begins dating a co-worker named Connor. Connor works in another division at Panther Cooperation. During the plane ride Emma realizes that she doesn't really have feelings for Connor anymore. Emma is in denial about this. She breaks up with him much later on. I personally found Connor to be annoying! Emma asks Connor to keep their break-up to himself for the time being. Seeing as they work together. Instead at a party (while drunk) announces their break-up. Their office blames the whole situation on Emma as she is the one to dump him. And he doesn't even apologize! It didn't help that the co-workers didn't bother to see it from Emma' point of view. Connor also tries multiple times to confront Emma about who she is dating. He acts like a martyr and always has a way of patronizing Emma. I also found him to be totally inconsiderate. To try and look professional during a staff meeting Connor shuts down Emma's point. Just because Jack Harper was present. I honestly don't understand why Emma blamed herself for everything. Connor has a brain too. He can realize himself that not all women keep secrets. As far as Emma's secrets go I didn't find them that bad. Some of them were really dumb while the others hilarious! What was troubling is how easy it was for Emma to lie. And she did so constantly. Emma did develop and started actually admitting the truth. She even started to stand up for herself! Emma stood up to Kerry and Paul (her boss). I especially liked how she handled Paul. And in the end it paid off as she got promoted. I really liked Emma and Jack's relationship! When Jack appears in at the Panther Cooperation, he spends quite a bit of time poking fun at Emma's secrets. It was honestly so assuming! Through their relationship they grew. Jack learned to become more open. And Emma learned to stand up for herself and be honest. They made a really good couple. Also Jack's actually American. Can You Keep a Secret? takes place in London. I didn't have any problems. Expect for Connor but I think it was well handled. And blissfully she broke up with him early enough.  Overall I loved Can You Keep a Secret?! I highly recommend it.     
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books This was the first Sophie Kinsella book I read. Easy read that's hard to put down. Like all of her books, it's predictable, but all the happy feels make it a great book to lose yourself for a night.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Light, fun and a total page turner! Loved this book so much. Its a HUGE favorite for the gals in my family. I found myself bursting out laughing and completely falling in love with the characters from the book. Well written, full of charm and wit. Great book!
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, suspensful, light reading! A great read to escape the real world, SK is a gem!
Date published: 2018-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love her books Haven't read it but am excited to do so, I really enjoy Sophie Kinsella books.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Loved this story and the main character!
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This is one of the best stand alone books that Sophie has written. I loved the Shopaholic series, but this book is my favourite! I laughed the whole way through and the twists were hilarious. I love how relatable the characters are, and loved laughing through their mishaps. Always recommend to others! #indigoreview
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from easy read its touching and funny at the same time.
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from easy fun read! Was very enjoyable! Main character is hilarious and easy to relate to!
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from easy read Main character is hilarious and easy to relate to. Sophia Kinsella is true to her style of writing so if you enjoy any of her other books, you would enjoy this one.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple and funny A quick read by Kinsella, this book made me read 2-3 other of her books that became repetitive at some point but THIS one was funny and one of her best books. Can't take it all seriously - just a simple and funny book. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Awesome A funny and great read! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! Sophie Kinsella is one of my favourite authors and this is one of my favourite books. It's such a fun and funny read - so easy to get through in a day. I love her sense of humour and writing style and the main characters are always enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this book if you've never read anything by Sophie Kinsella to get a sense of her writing and humour. So good.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great but not the best I find this book not as funny as the other ones
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and cute! Another great Sophie book!
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from DNF i ended up not finishing this honestly the narrator was so juvenile and boring
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great light read Great and light-hearted read! Funny at times!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! A really fun, great read! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great easy read! Love Sophie, this was an easy light hearted read!
Date published: 2017-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and LOL This book had me in stitches the whole time and even better reading it a second or a third time around. Love all of Sophie Kinsellas books.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from TOO FUNNY! I found myself laughing out loud at this one! Great commute read or beach read!
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another good one... Great book to read on the beach! Love Sophia's books.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read Funny - LOL funny. Would like yo read more by Sophie Kinsella.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from sure to make you laugh perfect summer read! will get you laughing, and can be so repeatable! if you are looking for a fun read this is the book for you!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funniest book EVER!!! This is the book that got me to LOVE Sophie Kinsella. I couldn't stop laughing throughout this book. Love how it got you right at the beginning with the airplane ride.
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Humorous and Delightful One of my favorites of her work. She never fails to get me laughing with her characters and the situations they find themselves in. Loved this book and have read it so many times, and will again.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it!! Such a good book!!! If your are looking for a nice summer read, this is it!! It will make you laugh and I was hooked by the story, I just loved Emma and Jake!
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny and entertaining Typical SK read. Light and easy reading.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good light read This was my first Sophie Kinsella book and I loved it! Funny and enjoyable summertime read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love I enjoyed this book very much!
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! I find that with Sophie Kinsella it's either a hit or miss, and this one was definitely a HIT! Very easy read and made you laugh at times. Good book for a light read.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Your typical book by this author If you enjoy other books by her, you will enjoy this novel. It was pretty good.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Excessively materialistic There is too much emphasis on consumerism instead of character development. Unlike Becky in the Shopaholic series, Emma is way too absorbed with herself and her own interests.
Date published: 2017-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is a great read! This book was the first I had read by Sophie Kinsella and I absolutely loved it! It is one of my favourite books!
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can you keep a secret Hilarious! I've read a few of the shopaholic series novels but I'd never really read anything else by Kinsella. She really makes you love her characters, they're so relatable with ordinary problems. This book made me chuckle quite a few times with it's surprises and awkward moments. The plot was a little predictable in terms of the romance aspect, but still a very good light read!
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy. Moly. This was my first read from Sophie Kinsella. Let me tell you, she did not disappoint. I laughed so hard with every chapter... and even cried from laughter and from being sad with her situation with her family and her snotty cousin. I adore this book so much. I look forward to ordering another copy, seeing as my paper back is missing the cover, thanks to my rambunctious toddler. Because of this book I have come to read more of her stand alone novels and devoured most of them. I adore the way the book moves fast enough, that it isn't a heavy read, but filled with laughter. Please give this a read.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! This is a very fun and enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Funny Another great book from the author
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Kinsella hit. Another incredibly funny, charming, enjoyable read by Sophie Kinsella. She makes her characters come alive and leave a you longing to read more.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved It!!! I always look to Sophie Kinsella for a laugh out loud, light hearted summer read, and this one was definitely a winner. While I didn't love it quite as much as I loved I've Got Your Number, it still had me cracking up, and enjoying the slightly shallow main character who I found myself rooting for. I love Sophie's novels, and I'll definitely be continuing to pick them up in the future.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laughed out loud Never have I ever laughed so much while reading a book, a great mood lifter
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Super easy read, very funny #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! funny and light. a must read
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kinsella Never Disappoints!! This book (like all of her others) had me laughing out loud as I devoured the pages. The main character is ostentatious, you can't help but adore her!
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Very Funny Book #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very funny! Another entertaining book from this author. Never disappoints!
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! Such a funny and easy book to read!
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Personal Fav' I have to say this is probably my favourite book of all time.
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read It was a good read, had lots of funny moments.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from laughed out loud so many times! such a happy read :) enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a funny and charming read! Another great Sophie Kinsella read that will not disappoint you! Ms. Kinsella always creates characters that are memorable, charming and funny. The dialogue between the characters is enjoyable to read,and I found myself laughing out loud throughout the book and rooting for the two main characters. I was sad to finish this book, and can only hope for a sequel or another book in the same league as this one! :)
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lots of laughs Kinsella always delivers in lot out loud moments, all her books are easy beach reads.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light Hearted Read Another good read, light hearted and easy to read.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny This was one of the first books I read by the author outside of the Shopaholic series. Anyone who is familiar with the author knows that most of her books are about a female lead caught in a web of lies and this book is no exception. However, it is a funny and easy read and I like it better than some of her books that were written under her real name Madeline Wickham.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hilarious! While I didn't love this one as much as I've Got Your Number, or The Shopaholic series, it was still a light hearted and hilarious tale, and I really like the main character, Emma.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Great read. Super funny and really touching.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read Great light read for the beach
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so hilarious! I totally enjoyed reading this novel! It's funny, fast paced and very entertaining!
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So much fun Such a fun book with likable characters
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another fun Kinsella book I can always count on Sophie Kinsella to make a fun and humorous book for a light and sweet read.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute and charing Very cute and charming book, love the characters in it! very similar humor to the shopaholic series
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super funny One of my favorites by Sophie Kinsella, it's super funny and lighthearted.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute book Sophie Kinsella's books are just so fun. This one is another gem.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down. Can You Keep A Secret was the very first book I read from Sophie Kinsella. I have now read all of her books. Can You Keep A Secret was hilarious from beginning to end. I laughed out loud throughout the entire book. You need this book. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sooo good ! I really enjoyed that book ! Funny and well written, a must read !
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read! Another fun read! Her books have never failed to disappoint! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fun read Anything by Kinsella is always good for a laugh. Just a lighthearted fun read.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I was hooked on this story very quickly and literally couldn't put it down. Great read for any fiction lover!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this novel! Sophie Kinsella is a brilliant writer. Loved this story.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun Read This book keeps you laughing!
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Hilarious Book !
Date published: 2015-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! I was not sure what to expect as was used to reading the Shopaholic series. However, this book was great, entertaining with lots of little twists and turns. A fun read!
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Funny book. Found myself laughing out loud. We all have a secret or two. Some of us may even have more...
Date published: 2015-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read I just started reading her books, my daughter turned me onto them loved it
Date published: 2014-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can you keep a secret? This is a laugh out loud kind of book, and has a Bridget Jones feel to the story. I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read. I read Kinsella for her humor and wit. She delivers exactly that in this book. Great for light reading. Her endings are somewhat predictable but that doesn't stop me from reading her works because she delivers them in a light, funny, and modern light.
Date published: 2013-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good light hearted read. Looking for a good book to read this summer? If you are looking for something light and easy to read this is the book. You can't help but chuckle at some of the crazy situations the the main character get's herself into. This is my first official read of the summer.
Date published: 2013-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Great Read!! I love Sohpie Kinsella. I've read all the shopaholic books and various other novels she has written (Remember Me?). This book was another great read. Not my personal favorite but I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you've read other Kinsella books, then this one won't dissappoint. If you are new to the Kinsella line try "Remember Me?" first before reading this one!
Date published: 2013-06-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good, but not Sophie Kinsella's best Was not quite as entertaining as The Undomestic Goddess or I've Got Your Number, but interesting story with an excellent ending. I found it was a bit dry near the beginning but definetaly worth reading!
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from had me laughing out loud Im a fan of sophie kinsella and love most of her books (especially the shopaholic series) but this was by far my favourite book shes written. it had me actually laughing out loud at parts. the characters were so well written, especially the main one who was so smart and witty. i couldnt put this book down. it is a must read.
Date published: 2011-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Definitely one of Kinsella's best. Love the drama of this book and the wondering if he will drop her secrets all throughout their romance. Definitely Something i would recommend
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Hilarious I’m not a fan of Sophie Kinsella, but this book really surprised me. I am so glad I picked this up. It was such a clever, and funny, and very loveable book. The characters are so wonderful, and there is never a dull bit. On a side note, I must say that I absolutely hate the cover. I find it very unattractive, and old looking. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover, right? But maybe that’s why I didn’t pick it up earlier.
Date published: 2011-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I ♥ IT this book is pretty amazing,because it doesn't have to many "heavy" words. The story is also thrilling, when Jack Harper turned out to be one of the founder of a corporation, and also turned out to be Emma Corrigan's boyfriend. it's a classic story of love, comedy and forgiveness, but i was very disappointed when i found out that it doesn't have a second book. Sophie Kinsella is a definitely a natural writer. keep it up!
Date published: 2010-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Really cute, a romantic comedy on paper. I was laughing out loud from beginning to end. Light and fluffy with a happy ending, it was one of the best 'chick-lit' books I've read.
Date published: 2010-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I'm a university student so I decided to get this for my 2 hour drive home for Christmas. It was great. The time just flew by. The reading was great and the story made me laugh, a lot. It was so good I continued to listen to it while driving around town, it was just like a novel only instead of not being able to put it down, I couldn't stop listening, I was actually looking forward to driving.
Date published: 2010-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This is one of the first books I read by Sophie Kinsella. I loved it and have been addicted to her novels ever since. Can You Keep a Secret? is one of my favourite books, I found myself laughing out loud at some of the situations Emma Corrigan got herself in. Everyone has secrets but revealing them accidentally to the CEO of the company that you work for is not the best thing. This book is a must read.
Date published: 2009-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Kinsella Book This is what chick-lit is supposed to be. Kinsella creates a winning heroine in Emma who finds herself in situations readers can relate to while at the same time hopes they will never find themselves in. When I finished the book I was smiling, and was sad I had finished. I immediately recommended the book to a few of my friends who also loved it. Classic Kinsella.
Date published: 2009-10-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fun, light read! I really loved it. I read it twice. it made me laugh a lot. the whole "Ken" thing lol anyway I would completly recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2009-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book I've Read in a While. "Can You Keep a Secret?" is hands down the best book I've read in what seems like months. I am not a "Shopaholic" reader, so there will be no comparasions between the two (as there are in many of the previous reviews for this book). I have, however, read other Kinsella works. I've been more than pleased with both of the others I have read ("Remember Me?" and "The Gatecrasher", under the name Madeline Wickam), but "Can You Keep a Secret?" really stood out. The plotline itself is quite different. A woman spills her secrets to a stranger on a plane when she begins to believe she is dying. Later it is found that said 'stranger' is actually the CEO of the company she works for. The novel revolves around love, two-way relationships, and secrets kept and told. However, don't let the seemingly simple plotline turn you off! Kinsella, with her fabulous timing, throws in many twists and turns that keep you from the very first page. I was instantly captivated by Kinsella's writing, which has the immediate power to make you laugh out loud, cry, and fall in love with the characters (namely, Jack). Kinsella writes dialogue masterfully and witty as all get out! You KNOW the characters, you KNOW what they're really saying, you KNOW how they're really feeling, just from their dialogue. "Can You Keep a Secret?" is one of those books that make you wish it never ended. I stand by Kinsella's writing style and story creativity. I have yet to be disappointed, and am doubtful I will ever be.
Date published: 2009-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favourites! This is on of my favourites by Sophie Kinsella because its funny, surprising and I could read it over again and again. Out of all her books I think this is my favourite apart from the Shopalcholic series which was also good
Date published: 2009-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can You Keep a Secret?? It was this book that first got me hooked on Sophie Kinsella's writing. This book is funny and easy to follow along with - a great piece of chick lit! After reading this, you will most definitely read all of Kinsella's novels
Date published: 2009-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can You Keep A Secret? This book was about a woman named Emma. When she's nervous, she tends to talk too much. While on a plane coming back from a business trip, there was major turbulance, and she starts telling the man next to her every little secret and detail of her life by accident and also of how much she screwed up her business pitch that day. Emma is moritfied, but she believes that she will never see the man again, so she starts to relax after. Suddenly, turns out that the man sitting beside her is in fact the CEO of the company that she works for, and he is playfully blackmailing Emma to do things, otherwise he will tell her secrets. They start to develop a relationship, but Emma is still worried and unsure if he can really keep all her secrets no matter what..... I really liked this book, it was addicting and I kept wanting to find out what would happen next. Filled with romance and secrets and surprises :)
Date published: 2009-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from it was cute!! I absoulty loved the ending in this book! The characters are soo memoriable I couldnt get enough of it! once you start reading it you wont want to put it down
Date published: 2009-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Read Another entertaining chicklit read by Sophie Kinsella. The main character is a young woman in her twenties who is trying to deal with things we all deal with: parents, career, self-image, relationships, fears, etc. She spills all her secrets to a stranger she sits beside on a plane. The 'stranger' then shows up at her office the next day and she discovers he is the CEO of the company she works for. In the process of dealing with this crisis she learns alot about herself and the people in her life. I have read most of Kinsella's novels and this is one of my favs. Definitely recommended for a fun, light read!
Date published: 2009-01-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My Life, In 8 years It was like I was looking at my own life in a couple of years from now. her life sounds just like mine. it was easy to get into the charters state of mind, and fall in love with this book. another chick book that I couldn't help but laugh out loud.
Date published: 2008-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not just an ordinary, nothing-special girl This was a hilarious and romantic book with a light-hearted British touch. Emma Corrigan reminds me in some ways of a young Bridget Jones in how she thinks, acts and feels. No matter how hard she tries and how close she comes to finding happiness and success on a personal and professional level, there is another anticipated disaster on its way. She pretends to love jazz, wearing g-strings and calling her boyfriend Connor a pet name, darling. Obviously one little lie builds upon another but it’s far better than facing reality. After enduring a traumatic plane ride and divulging all her insecurities and secrets to a complete stranger, many realizations happen and there’s no need for anymore skeletons in her closet, maybe just a Miu Miu pony bag.
Date published: 2008-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Starts out slow and then bang! After finishing the Shopaholic series, I was slightly disappointed that I wouldn't be reading about Becky and her crazy adventures, but after chapter 5, the story really takes off. Everyone has at least one secret that you wouldn't want your friends/family/coworkers to know. What would you do if they all knew?
Date published: 2008-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from laugh out loud book I really enjoyed this book - very light read - very easy read - laughed out loud....
Date published: 2008-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can You Keep A Secret? This book was amazing, I love the whole plot, and when Jack came back for her at the end! it was amazing! I loved this book, and i'm only 14 years old, I would recommed this book to anyone who enjoys romantic books.
Date published: 2008-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favorite! I've never been put on an emotional rollercoaster by a book, until I read this one! Even after finishing the book I still think back about the events because many of the emotions Emma was feeling hit home. If you're a hopeless romantic, you've gotta read this one! Probably my favorite by far of all the Sophie Kinsella books!
Date published: 2008-07-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ho Hum Judging by the amount of reviews out there, I'm definitely outnumbered, but here it is: when the "Shopaholic" series came out, I enjoyed reading them. After all, how many naive airheads do you know! By the 4th book in the series, it was getting old and predictable. I was hoping this book would veer away from that type of idiocy. The novel did start out okay, but then it went downhill from there. Sorry :(
Date published: 2008-03-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I'm embarrassed and amused A co-worker loaned this book to me after I passed on Remember Me. Gotta say that I actually enjoyed this one, and chuckled a few times. There's a clear formula to Kinsella's stories, but one that I am willing to endure for the amusement factor. Plus it's pink.
Date published: 2008-03-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Harmless fluff... I was a big fan of Sophie Kinsella's book, Confessions of a Shopaholic. I just found the book funnier than hell. Sadly, I didn't have the same experience with Can You Keep a Secret? Emma Corrigan is on a flight from Glasgow to London when the plane experiences some frightening turbulence. She turns to her seat-mate and divulges every single secret she has kept for the last twenty-something years. "I have no idea what NATO stands for. My G-string is hurting me. I weight 128 pounds. Not 118, like my boyfriend Connor, thinks." As it turns out, the guy sitting next to her - Jack - is the American head of the company Emma works for. Of course, she doesn't know that because she's new to the company and Jack hasn't been to the UK since his business partner died. What follows is a pretty predictable, though harmless enough, tale of Emma and Jack and how divulging her secrets changes her life in ways that are mostly good. It's fluff, people.
Date published: 2008-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it the second time and still love it This book was reccomended to me and once I read the first page I was hooked. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, it's perfect. I've already passed it on to several of my friends and didn't even need to force them into it, they all loved it!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Awesome Book I was hooked on this book from the word go, I just couldn't put it down. Sophie Kinsella has always been one of my favorite authors and this book is just another of hers that solidifies that thought. From the moment we are introduced to Emma I felt as if i had known her for a long time, it felt like I was there with her as all these embarassing moments took place. By the end of the book I was hoping the last page would never come and that we would continue to look in on Emma's life with Jack. All the chracters are well written and I felt as if I too had known them. This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone that wants a fun read (warning you will laugh out loud).
Date published: 2008-01-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Practically a movie script ready to go! If you (like me) hate chick lit with the core of your being -- don't let this pink cover fool you into thinking this is just another one of those girly, mindless novels. This book is funny, sweet, smart and totally one of those books I'm gunna keep re-reading forever. Loooooooooooooved it! You will too!
Date published: 2007-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Hilarious!! Can You Keep a Secret? Emma Corrigan is a simple girl who thinks she has a good life, until she goes on a trip for work and gets plane sick. While hyperventilating, Emma decides to spill her lifelong secrets to someone whom she thought was a stranger, because she thinks she is going to die. This is a funny book about what happens when someone you know, knows all your secrets. Sophie Kinsella is also the bestselling author of the popular “Shopaholic” series. Can you keep a secret, has everything from heart-wrenching romance to table-pounding laughter all put into this fabulous book. Alyssa
Date published: 2007-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kudos to Sophie Kinsella Another great read from a gifted writer. I've enjoyed every one of the Shopaholic series and loved this new character just as much. So interesting and entertaining I had a hard time turning out the light and putting it down. Can't wait for her next novel.
Date published: 2007-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book was fabulous. I was laughing out loud one minute and getting teary-eyed the next. It's a great read, but you'll fly through it!
Date published: 2007-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarity This book is hilarious and I loved the little subtle nuances and how descriptive Kinsella is. It's great for a visual person like me. And as one reviewer said she has great comic timing. Bravo! Can't wait to start the Shopaholic series!
Date published: 2007-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I was hesitant to try a new type of book. I've never done 'chick' before and thought I would give it a try. And thinking I would go to the extreme and buy a book that's also pink, as to make it the ultimate girls book. As I was flipping pages I couldn't help but to laugh. I thought it brilliant and a good start to going chick.
Date published: 2006-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This book was her best so far. Honestly, I was laughing on the bus and people were looking at me. I just couldn't help it. It is so funny. This book is a must read.
Date published: 2006-12-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fun at first then a quick NO NO! This book was pretty fun at first I enjoyed it but a couple chapters later goes down the hill FAST. Got very boring, and it had no story or plot whatsoever. Sorry sophie your books rock but for this one, try again!
Date published: 2006-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it I personally loved this book, all the misshaps that happen to emma, and that she goes though, are semi-realistic, if some of us where that lucky it would be amazing! The book is amazing, i and i loved it alot, i read it over and over again. It makes you cry, laugh and just think about everything!
Date published: 2006-09-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Goes Down Hill Fast This book starts out great, with a good story and a very likeable lead character. However, it quickly dissolves into a foolish, unrealistic mess. It ended up being very disappointing. If you like Something Borrowed and Something Blue then avoid this book like the plague! I give it credit for a lovely main character, but what the author does to her is just wrong.
Date published: 2006-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I loved reading this book. Sophie Kinsella is a great writer and I wasn't able to put this book down. I highly recommend it to everyone. A must read.
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny I have read all the shopaholic series and wondered if I would enjoy this book as well. Sophie Kinsella does not disappoint. This book was funny, and with all the crazy mishap that Emma goes through, it keeps you wanting to turn the pages and wondering what's going to happen next. It is a great week-end book.
Date published: 2006-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too cute (in a good way) I just loved this book and can imagine how mortified the main heroine was to find out just who it was that she blabbed all her secrets to. This was such a cute book. This character is every girl plodding away at a job that she is way out of her depth in. (Been there, done that) Everygirl who has made multislacking a fine art will love this book. Everygirl who drinks too many lattes and eats too many sweets will see herself in this book. Everygirl who has made a fool of herself for a man and had some dismal, howling career failures (stuff you can laugh at later but, at the time, jeeze louise!) will laugh and recognize this book.
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too Funny This book was absolutely hilarious! A great story that kept me laughing from start to finish.
Date published: 2006-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh Out Loud I could NOT put this book down. Neither could I stop raving about it and recommending it to every one of my friends. Emma Corrigan is a character everyone can relate to. Her hijinks and shennanigans had me grinning and laughing out loud more that once. I was sad to see it end.
Date published: 2006-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious I actually found myself laughing out loud at many of the mishaps poor Emma had, a great book in easy read but one that you will not be able to put down!
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Read by Kinsella! This was another hit for Sophie Kinsella! This book was an easy read, perfect for those summer days, lying in the sun! Although this book was kind of predictable, it was an enjoyable read. As much fun as Kinsella's other books!
Date published: 2006-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute Wonderful Read!!! My life has been on hold for the past couple of days apart from working of course!!! I have been unable to put this book down. It was fabulous!!! Emma is hilarious and the way she thinks just kept me in hysterics the whole way through the book. It was such a good story and it keeps you hanging on the whole way through...not a single boring page. Sophie Kinsella hasn't dissapointed me yet...I loved Undomestic Goddess and this one was absolutely just as good!! I would totally recommend this book for anyone that wants some romance and humour rolled into one!!
Date published: 2006-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book!!! I have read the first book in the Shopolohoic series and enjoyed it but this good went beyond my expectations! I laughed out loud many times throughout reading this novel. A Must read!
Date published: 2006-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Add this one to your favorites list!" A "Shopaholic" fan, I thought I'd give this book a try - and actually loved it alot more than the other series. If you're looking for a book to make you laugh-out-loud, this is it! I found Emma someone I could definitely relate to - and want to be friends with. She'll make you cringe with her blunders, and root for her all the way - in life and love. You'll definitely smile the whole way through!
Date published: 2006-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious!!!! This book kept me laughing out load for 3 days! It is one of the funnist books that I have read in years and many things in it ring true in the ordinary life of a female. Kinsella strikes again with this fantastic display of honesty, humor, and romance that will keep you turning the pages until the end.
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Fab I could not put this book down. It was great, at points it was laugh out loud funny. Sophie, is a great writer she lets you into her books and make you feel like you are her best friend and really part of the story. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2006-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it I read this book and couldn't keep it down. I read all her Shopaholic books also and there great. She is an excellent author. Its one of those books that you can read in a weekend, cause you want to know whats going to happen in the next chapter. I love reading books that make me laugh out loud. The story line was a total shocker.
Date published: 2006-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This book has turns you would never expect to happen, and when you think everything is over and the book is about to end, it starts back up again. The main chracter can't help but make mistake after mistake, and after her relationship is gone her famliy stops talking to her and shes hurt her friends, nothing can get much worst! READ IT READ IT READ IT! Find out how she gets out of the bined of her life!
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from "Absolutely Fabulous Better Then Shopoholic" I was very hesitant to read this book because I thought it would be to similar to the author’s four ‘Shopaholic’ books, but I was very wrong. This book although written in the same sort of style is very different from those books. It’s geared towards women of all ages from teenagers to the elderly and the humour in this book is funny at any age. This is one of the best books that I’ve ever read. The main character Emma is hilarious and so memorable I really hope that Sophie Kinsella decides to write a follow up book. If you loved her other books I have no doubt that you will fall in love with this book as well.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Laugh till you cry!!" Can you keep a secret? is by far the best book that Sophie Kinsella has written. This book brought tears to my eyes........because I was laughing so hard!!!!!!!!!! I wasn't a big fan of the shopoholic series so I was a little wary when my friend told me to read this book. Well, I can't thank her enough. Girls, if you are ever in the mood to laugh I strongly suggest you pick up this book. My sister who is not a big reader, was enticed to read it after she heard me laughing my head off and she was not dissapointed. After reading the DaVinci Code, I needed a light read and this book far exceeded my expectations. Readers will fall in love with Emma and enjoy all her quirkiness!! I recommend this book to anyone who needs a good laugh!
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny and light I had several chuckles reading this one on the train. The main character is a bit bridget-jones'ish, but the story is unique. Definitely worth picking up if you like this kind of novel - innocent british girl, naive, gets into trouble, very lovable.
Date published: 2006-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Beyond Belief This is one of the best books I have ever read, light hearted and funny. It is an absolute page turner, you'll get hooked right away. The story is very interesting, and it will never gets dull.
Date published: 2006-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Secret-aholic I'm so glad Kinsella has gotten onto writing more stories than the Shopaholic series. I loved the first Shopaholic... but felt the other books were just bad repeats. But Can You Keep a Secret was amazing... The characters were lovable... this is the perfect chic-lit novel for a quick read...
Date published: 2006-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth a look... In this novel, Sophie Kinsella manages to create a funny (although not intentionally), down-to-earth, relatable main character. This book is a nice break from the Hamlets of the world, and is fun, easy reading. This novel is highly enjoyable and is definitely worth a look if you're searching for a great light read.
Date published: 2006-03-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from makes a good door-stop Unoriginal, sloppy, predictable fluff. Wanna know a secret? Sophie Kinsella is not English. Ha! So why does her bio lead one to believe she is? Cashing in on formulaic Brit-chick-lit (insert rhyming expletive here) d'ya think? I'd call this more chicken-lit: cowardly, bland and in need of a good neck-wringing.
Date published: 2006-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ!!! This book had me laughing from beginning to end. I've made several of my friends read it & they all love it!!!
Date published: 2006-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best one yet I feel this is Kinsella's best book yet. Emma Corrigan is not as much of a ditz as Becky Bloomwood is and I feel that makes me less annoyed with the situations she gets into. I am also wishing for a sequel.
Date published: 2006-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It won't disappoint you I picked it up at Chapters I was recommended by I friend to read Confession of a Shopaholic but I end up buying this inside and I wasn't disappointed we main characther of the book,Emma, was rally someone everyone can relate to with different misunderstanding is what made the book great and made me so touch I cried.Mostly Recommended.
Date published: 2006-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best I usually don't like reading. But i picked this book up frum costco and im glad i did. I continue to read books from this author hoping to read all of them. I really love this book the most out of all of them. Its definately something to look out for and buy.
Date published: 2006-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FABULOUS Can you Keep a Sectret was absolutely hilarious, I could not put it down. I found myself staying up too late to keep on reading it, I would come home on my lunch to read it I was completely captivated with this book. Because of this book, I'm definetly going to be getting her other books, I can't wait to read the Shopaholics series. This is a MUST read. Sophia Kinsella is a brilliant writer.
Date published: 2006-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Need to have a laugh? Buy this book! I just finished reading this book and reccomend it to others. It was a lot of fun and I think all women could see a little bit of themselves in the female characters of this story. I bought the book because I thoroughly enjoy English humor and the author did not disappoint. It was worth every penny and I will read it again. I can't wait to read my next Sophie Kinsella book. Enjoy!
Date published: 2006-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Funny I think this is Sophie Kinsella's best book yet. I love the shopaholic series but this one I just could not put down. Emma Corrigan's character was so funny and you just didn't know what was going to happen to her next. If you like Becky, you'll love Emma. I hope there's a sequel to this one.
Date published: 2006-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally absorbed This is the best book ever!! Besides the fact that i'm already obssessed with Sophie Kinsella's writing (and London), this book is probably the only book (besides the shopaholic series and the Undomestic Goddess) that i couldn't put down. Emma Corrigan is a character that probably everyone can relate. Everyone has secrets and everyone has people they absolutely can't stand. Kinsella captures the reader's attention once they open the book.
Date published: 2006-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Extremely funny... can't stop turning the pages! Sophie Kinsella really brings excitement to readers with this book. Picture this: you're on a plane and you spill your secrets to a stranger, and come to find out he's the owner of a giant corporation you work for! Scary, right? Well, Emma Corrigan is the very girl who does this. The worst part is, this guy is visiting her work place for awhile, and all she wants to do is hide.... but not forever, just until she realizes something that changes her whole life....
Date published: 2005-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! This book was HILARIOUS!!! I would read it in class and get in trouble for laughing out loud a number of times because I just couldn't keep it in! It is seriously Funny! You will Laugh out loud!! I read all the Shopaholic series and they were all funny. But nothing beats this book! Hilarious!
Date published: 2005-11-28

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Chapter OneOf course I have secrets.Of course I do. Everyone has a few secrets. It’s completely normal.I’m not talking about 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.Like, for example, here are a few random secrets of mine, off the top of my head: 1.My Kate Spade bag is a fake. 2.I love sweet sherry, the least cool drink in the universe. 3.I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even exactly what it is. 4.I weigh 128 pounds. Not 118, like my boyfriend, Connor, thinks. (Although, in my defense, I was planning to go on a diet when I told him that. And, to be fair, it is only one number different.) 5.I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken. 6.Sometimes, when we’re right in the middle of passionate sex, I suddenly want to laugh. 7.I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur. 8.I’ve already drunk the wine that Dad told me to save for twenty years. 9.Sammy the goldfish at home isn’t the same goldfish that Mum and Dad gave me to look after when they went to Egypt.10.When my colleague Artemis really annoys me, I feed her plant orange juice. (Which is pretty much every day.)11.I once had this weird lesbian dream about my flatmate Lissy.12.My G-string is hurting me.13.I’ve always had this deep-down conviction that I’m not like everybody else, and there’s an amazingly exciting new life waiting for me just around the corner.14.I have no idea what this guy in the gray suit is going on about.15.Plus, I’ve already forgotten his name.And I only met him ten minutes ago.“We believe in multi-logistical formative alliances,” he’s saying in a nasal, droning voice, “both above and below the line.”“Absolutely!” I reply brightly, as though to say “Doesn’t everybody?”Multi-logistical. What does that mean, again?Oh, God. What if they ask me?Don’t be stupid, Emma. They won’t suddenly demand, What does “multi-logistical” mean? I’m a fellow marketing professional, aren’t I? Obviously I know these things.And anyway, if they mention it again, I’ll change the subject. Or I’ll say I’m post-logistical or something.The important thing is to keep confident and businesslike. I can do this. This is my big chance, and I’m not going to screw it up.I’m sitting in the offices of Glen Oil’s headquarters in Glasgow, and as I glance at my reflection in the window, I look just like a top businesswoman. My shoulder-length hair is straightened, after half an hour with the hair dryer and a bottle of serum this morning. I’m wearing discreet gold swirl earrings like they tell you to in how-to-win-that-job articles. And I’ve got on my smart new Jigsaw suit. (At least, it’s practically new. I got it from the Cancer Research shop and sewed on a button to replace the missing one, and you can hardly tell.)I’m here representing the Panther Corporation, which is where I work. The meeting is to finalize a promotional arrangement between the new cranberry-flavored Panther Prime sports drink and Glen Oil, and I flew up this morning from London, especially.When I arrived, the two Glen Oil marketing guys started on this long, show-offy “who’s traveled the most?” conversation about air miles and the red-eye to Washington—and I think I bluffed pretty convincingly. But the truth is, this is the first time I’ve ever had to travel for work.OK. The real truth is, this is the first business meeting I’ve attended on my own. I’ve been at the Panther Corpora- tion for eleven months as a marketing assistant, which is the bottom level in our department. I started off just doing menial tasks like typing letters, getting the sandwiches, and collecting my boss Paul’s dry cleaning. But after a couple of months, I was allowed to start checking copy. Then a few months ago, I got to write my very own promotional leaflet, for a tie-in with washing powder! God, I was excited. I bought a creative-writing book especially to help me, and I spent all weekend working on it. And I was really pleased with the result, even if it didn’t have a misunderstood villain like the book suggested. And even if Paul did just glance at the copy and say “Fine” and kind of forget to tell anyone that I wrote it.Since then I’ve done a fair bit of writing promotional literature, and I’ve even sat in on a few meetings with Paul. So I really think I’m moving up the ladder. In lots of ways I’m practically a marketing executive already!Except for the tiny point that I still seem to do just as much typing as before. And getting sandwiches and collecting dry cleaning. I just do it as well as the other jobs. Especially so since our departmental secretary, Gloria, left a few weeks ago and still hasn’t been replaced.But it’s all going to change; I know it is. This meeting is my big break. It’s my first chance to show Paul what I’m really capable of. I had to beg him to let me go—after all, Glen Oil and Panther have done loads of deals together in the past; it’s not like there’ll be any surprises. But deep down I know I’m here only because I was in his office when he realized he’d double-booked with an awards lunch that most of the department were attending. So here I am, representing the company.And my secret hope is that if I do well today, I’ll get promoted. The job ad said “possibility of promotion after a year”—and it’s nearly been a year. And on Monday I’m having my appraisal meeting. I looked up “Appraisals” in the staff induction book, and it said they are “an ideal opportunity to discuss possibilities for career advancement.”Career advancement! At the thought, I feel a familiar stab of longing. It would just show Dad I’m not a complete loser. And Mum. And Kerry. If I could just go home and say, “By the way, I’ve been promoted to marketing executive.”Emma Corrigan, marketing executive.Emma Corrigan, senior vice-president (marketing).As long as everything goes well today. Paul said the deal was pretty much done and dusted, and all I had to do was raise one point about timing, and even I should be able to manage that. And so far, I reckon it’s going really well!OK, so I don’t understand some of the terms they’re using. But then I didn’t understand most of my GCSE French Oral either, and I still got a B.“Rebranding . . . analysis . . . cost-effective . . .”The man in the gray suit is still droning on. As casually as possible, I extend my hand and inch his business card toward me so I can read it.Doug Hamilton. That’s right. I can remember this. Doug. Dug. Easy—I’ll picture a shovel. Together with a ham. Which . . . which looks ill . . . and . . .OK, forget this. I’ll just write it down.I write down “rebranding” and “Doug Hamilton” on my notepad and give an uncomfortable little wriggle. God, my knickers really are uncomfortable. I mean, G-strings are never that comfortable at the best of times, but these are particularly bad. Which could be because they’re two sizes too small.Which could possibly be because when Connor bought them for me, he told the lingerie assistant I weighed 118 pounds. Whereupon she told him I must be size 4. Size 4!So it got to Christmas Eve, and we were exchanging presents, and I unwrapped this pair of gorgeous pale pink silk knickers. Size 4. And I basically had two options.A:Confess the truth: “Actually, these are too small. I’m more of an eight, and by the way, I don’t really weigh one hundred eighteen pounds.”B:Shoehorn myself into them.Actually, it was fine. You could hardly see the red lines on my skin afterward. And all it meant was that I had to quickly cut the labels out of my clothes so Connor would never realize.Since then, I’ve hardly ever worn this particular set of underwear, needless to say. But every so often I see them, looking all nice and expensive in the drawer, and think, Oh, come on, they can’t be that tight, and somehow squeeze into them. Which is what I did this morning. I even decided I must have lost weight, because they didn’t feel too bad.I am such a deluded moron.“. . . unfortunately, since rebranding . . . major rethink . . . feel we need to be considering alternative synergies . . .”Up to now I’ve just been sitting and nodding, thinking this business meeting is really easy. But now Doug Hamilton’s voice starts to impinge on my consciousness. What’s he saying?“. . . two products diverging . . . becoming incompatible . . .”What was that about incompatible? What was that about a major rethink? I feel a jolt of alarm.“We appreciate the functional and synergetic partnership that Panther and Glen Oil have enjoyed in the past,” Doug Hamilton is saying, “but you’ll agree that clearly we’re going in different directions.”Different directions?My stomach gives an anxious lurch.He can’t be—Is he trying to pull out of the deal?“Excuse me, Doug,” I say in my most relaxed voice. “Obviously I was closely following what you were saying earlier.” I give a friendly, we’re-all-professionals-together smile. “But if you could just . . . um, recap the situation for all our benefits . . .”In plain English, I beg silently.Doug Hamilton and the other guy exchange glances.“We’re a little unhappy about your brand values,” says Doug Hamilton.“My brand values?” I echo in panic.“The brand values of the product,” he says, giving me an odd look. “As I’ve been explaining, we here at Glen Oil are going through a rebranding process at the moment, and we see our new image very much as a caring petrol, as our new daffodil logo demonstrates. And we feel Panther Prime, with its emphasis on sport and competition, is simply too aggressive.”“Aggressive?” I stare at him in bewilderment. “But . . . it’s a fruit drink.”This makes no sense. Glen Oil is fume-making, world- ruining petrol. Panther Prime is an innocent cranberry- flavored drink. How can it be too aggressive?“The values it espouses.” He gestures to the marketing brochures on the table. “Drive. Elitism. Masculinity. The very slogan ‘Don’t Pause. Frankly, it seems a little dated.” He shrugs. “We just don’t think a joint initiative will be possible.”No. No. This can’t be happening. He can’t be pulling out.Everyone at the office will think it was my fault. They’ll think I cocked it up and I’m completely crap.My heart is thumping. My face is hot. I can’t let this happen. But what do I say? I haven’t prepared anything. Paul said the promotion was all set up, and all I had to do was tell them we wanted to bring it forward to June.“We’ll certainly discuss it again before we make a decision,” Doug’s saying. He gives me a brief smile. “And as I say, we would like to continue links with the Panther Corporation, so this has been a useful meeting, in any case. . . .”He’s pushing back his chair.I can’t let this slip away! I have to try to win them around.“Wait!” I hear myself say. “Just . . . wait a moment! I have a few points to make.”There’s a can of Panther Prime sitting on the desk, and I grab it for inspiration. Playing for time, I stand up, walk to the center of the room, and raise the can high into the air where we can all see it. “Panther Prime is . . . a sports drink.”I stop, and there’s a polite silence. My face is prickling. “It, um, it is very . . .”Oh, God. What am I doing?Come on, Emma. Think. Think Panther Prime. . . . Think Panther Cola. . . . Think. . . . Think. . . .Yes! Of course!“Since the launch of Panther Cola in the late 1980s, Panther drinks have been a byword for energy, excitement, and excellence,” I say fluently.Thank God. This is the standard marketing blurb for Panther Cola. I’ve typed it out so many times, I could recite it in my sleep.“Panther drinks are a marketing phenomenon,” I continue. “The Panther character is one of the most widely recognized in the world, while the classic slogan ‘Don’t Pause’ has made it into dictionaries. We are offering Glen Oil an exclusive opportunity to strengthen its association with this premium, world-famous brand.”My confidence growing, I start to stride around the room, gesturing with the can. “By buying a Panther health drink, the consumer is signaling that he will settle for nothing but the best.” I hit the can sharply with my other hand. “He expects the best from his energy drink, he expects the best from his petrol, he expects the best from himself.”I’m flying! I’m fantastic! If Paul could see me now, he’d give me a promotion on the spot!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.Fizzy cranberry-flavored drink explodes in a whoosh out of the can, drenching the papers and blotters in lurid red liquid . . . and—oh, no, please no—spattering all over Doug Hamilton’s shirt.“Fuck!” I gasp. “I mean, I’m really sorry—”“Jesus Christ,” says Doug Hamilton irritably, standing up and getting a handkerchief out of his pocket. “Does this stuff stain?”“Er . . .” I grab the can helplessly. “I don’t know.”“I’ll get a cloth,” says the other guy, and leaps to his feet.The door closes behind him and there’s silence, apart from the sound of cranberry drink dripping slowly onto the floor.I stare at Doug Hamilton, my face hot and blood throbbing through my ears.“Please . . .” My voice is husky. “Don’t tell my boss.”After all that, I screwed it up.As I drag my heels across the concourse at Glasgow Airport, I feel completely dejected. Doug Hamilton was quite sweet in the end. He said he was sure the stain would come out, and promised he wouldn’t tell Paul what happened. But he didn’t change his mind about the deal.My first big chance—and this is what happens. I feel like phoning the office and saying, “That’s it. I’m never coming back again, and by the way, it was me who jammed the photocopier that time.”But I can’t. This is my third career in four years. It has to work. For my own self-worth. For my own self-esteem. And also because I owe my dad four thousand quid.I’ve arrived at the airport with an hour to go, and have headed straight for the bar. “So what can I get you?” says the Australian bartender, and I look up at him in a daze.“Erm . . .” My mind is blank. “Er, white wine. No, actually, a vodka and tonic. Thanks.”As he moves away, I slump down again in my stool. An air hostess with fair hair in a French plait comes and sits down two bar stools away. She smiles at me, and I smile weakly in return.I don’t know how other people manage their careers, I really don’t. Like my oldest friend, Lissy. She’s always known she wanted to be a lawyer—and now, ta-daah! She’s a fraud barrister. But I left college with absolutely no clue. My first job was in an estate agency, and I only went into it because I’ve always quite liked looking around houses, plus I met this woman with amazing red lacquered nails at a career fair who told me she made so much money, she’d be able to retire when she was forty.But the minute I started, I hated it. I hated all the other trainee estate agents. I hated saying things like “a lovely aspect.” And I hated the way if someone said they could afford three hundred thousand we were supposed to give them details of houses costing at least four hundred thousand, and then kind of look down our noses, like, “You only have three hundred thousand pounds? God, you complete loser.”So after six months I announced I was changing careers and was going to be a photographer instead. It was such a fantastic moment, like in a film or something. My dad lent me the money for a photography course and camera, and I was going to launch this amazing new creative career, and it was going to be the start of my new life. . . .Except it didn’t quite happen like that.For a start, do you have any idea how much a photographer’s assistant gets paid?Nothing. It’s nothing.Which, you know, I wouldn’t have minded if anyone had actually offered me a photographer’s assistant’s job.I heave a sigh and gaze at my doleful expression in the mirror behind the bar. As well as everything else, my hair’s gone all frizzy. So much for “Salon Serum—For That 24-Hour Professional Salon Look.”At least I wasn’t the only one who didn’t get anywhere. Out of the eight people in my course, one became instantly successful and now takes photos for Vogue, one became a wedding photographer, one had an affair with the tutor, one went traveling, one had a baby, one works at Snappy Snaps, and one is now at Morgan Stanley.Meanwhile, I got more and more into debt, so I started temping and applying for jobs that actually paid money. And eventually, eleven months ago, I started as a marketing assistant at the Panther Corporation.The barman places a vodka and tonic in front of me and gives me a quizzical look. “Cheer up!” he says. “It can’t be that bad!”“Thanks,” I say gratefully, and take a sip. That feels a bit better.I ought to call Paul and give him a report. But I just can’t face it. Anyway, he’s probably still out at his awards lunch. He won’t want me disturbing him on his mobile. It can wait until Monday.I’m just taking a second sip of vodka when my mobile starts to ring. I feel a beat of nerves. If it’s the office, I’ll just pretend I didn’t hear.But it’s not; it’s our home number flashing on the little screen.I press “answer.” “Hi,” I say.“Hiya!” comes Lissy’s voice. “Only me! So how did it go?”Lissy is not only my oldest friend but my flatmate, too. She has tufty dark hair and an IQ of about 600 and is the sweetest person I know.“It was a disaster,” I say miserably.“It can’t have been that bad!”“Lissy, I drenched the marketing director of Glen Oil in cranberry drink!”Along the bar, I can see the air hostess hiding a smile, and I feel myself flush. Great. Now the whole world knows.“Oh, dear.” I can almost feel Lissy trying to think of something positive to say. “Well, at least you got their attention!” she says at last. “At least they won’t forget you in a hurry.”“I suppose,” I say morosely. “So, did I have any messages?”“Oh! Erm, no. I mean, your dad did phone, but, um, you know, it wasn’t . . .” She trails off evasively.“Lissy. What did he want?”There’s a pause.“Apparently your cousin’s won some industry award,” she says apologetically. “They’re going to be celebrating it on Saturday, as well as your mum’s birthday.”“Oh. Great.”I slump deeper in my chair. That’s all I need. My cousin Kerry triumphantly clutching some silver best-office-furniture- salesperson-in-the-whole-world-no-make-that-universe trophy.“And Connor rang, too, to see how you got on,” adds Lissy quickly. “He was really sweet. He said he didn’t want to ring your mobile during your meeting, in case it disturbed you.”“Really?”For the first time today, I feel a lift in spirits.Connor. My boyfriend. My lovely, thoughtful boyfriend.“He’s such a sweetheart!” Lissy is saying. “He said he’s tied up in a big meeting all afternoon, but he’s canceled his squash game especially, so do you want go out to supper tonight?”“Oh,” I say, pleased. “Oh, well, that’ll be nice. Thanks, Lissy.”I click off and take another sip of vodka, feeling much more cheerful.My boyfriend.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.Or however she put it.And not just any boyfriend. A tall, handsome, clever boyfriend whom Marketing Week called “one of the brightest sparks in marketing research today.”I sit nursing my vodka, allowing thoughts of Connor to comfort me. The way his blond hair shines in the sunshine, and the way he’s always smiling. And the way he upgraded all the software on my computer the other day without my even asking, and the way he . . . he . . .My mind’s gone blank. This is ridiculous. I mean, there’s so much that is wonderful about Connor. From his . . . his long legs. Yes. And his broad shoulders. To the time he looked after me when I had the flu. I mean, how many boyfriends do that? Exactly.I’m so lucky. I really am.I put my phone away, run my fingers through my hair, and glance at the clock behind the bar. Forty minutes before the flight. Not long to go now. Nerves are starting to creep over me like little insects, and I take a deep gulp of vodka, draining my glass.It’ll be fine, I tell myself for the zillionth time. It’ll be absolutely fine.I’m not frightened. I’m just . . . I’m just . . .OK. I’m frightened.16.I’m scared of flying.I’ve never told anyone I’m scared of flying. It just sounds so lame. And I mean, it’s not like I’m phobic or anything. It’s not like I can’t get on a plane. It’s just . . . all things being equal, I would prefer to be on the ground.On the way up here this morning, I was so excited about the meeting, it was almost a distraction from my fear. But even so, I kept feeling bursts of panic. I kept having to close my eyes and take deep breaths. And ever since I landed, it’s been ticking away at the back of my mind: I have to fly back again. I have to get on a plane again.I never used to be scared. But over the last few years, I’ve gradually got more and more nervous. I know it’s completely irrational. I know thousands of people fly every day and it’s practically safer than lying in bed. You have less chance of being in a plane crash than . . . than finding a man in London, or something.But still. I just don’t like it.Maybe I’ll have another quick vodka.By the time my flight is called, I’ve drunk two more vodkas and am feeling a lot more positive. I mean, Lissy’s right. At least I made an impression, didn’t I? At least they’ll remember who I am.As I stride toward the gate, clutching my briefcase, I almost start to feel like a confident businesswoman again. A couple of people smile at me as they pass, and I smile broadly back, feeling a warm glow of friendliness. You see. The world’s not so bad after all. It’s all a just a question of being positive. Anything can happen in life, can’t it? You never know what’s around the next corner.I reach the entrance to the plane, and there at the door, taking boarding passes, is the air hostess with the French plait who was sitting at the bar earlier.“Hi again!” I say, smiling. “This is a coincidence!”The air hostess stares at me. “Hi. Erm . . .”“What?” Why does she look embarrassed?“Sorry. It’s just . . . Did you know that . . .” She gestures awkwardly to my front.“What is it?” I say pleasantly. I look down, and freeze, aghast.Somehow my silky shirt has been unbuttoning itself while I’ve been walking along. Three buttons have come undone and it’s gaping at the front.My bra shows. My pink lacy bra. The one that went a bit blobby in the wash.That’s why those people were smiling at me. Not because the world is a nice place but because I’m Pink-Blobby-Bra Woman.“Thanks,” I mutter, and do up the buttons with fumbling fingers, my face hot with humiliation.“It hasn’t been your day, has it?” says the air hostess sympathetically, holding out a hand for my boarding pass. “Sorry. I couldn’t help overhearing earlier.”“That’s all right.” I raise a half smile. “No, it hasn’t been the best day of my life.” There’s a short silence as she studies my boarding pass.“Tell you what,” she says in a low voice. “Would you like an onboard upgrade?”“A what?”“Come on. You deserve a break.”“Really? But . . . can you just upgrade people like that?”“If there are spare seats, we can. We use our discretion. And this flight is so short.” She gives me a conspiratorial smile. “Just don’t tell anyone, OK?”She leads me into the front section of the plane and gestures to a big, wide seat. I’ve never been upgraded before in my life! I can’t quite believe she’s really letting me do this.“Is this first class?” I whisper, taking in the hushed luxury atmosphere. A man in a smart suit is tapping at a laptop to my right, and two elderly women in the corner are plugging themselves into headsets.“Business class. There’s no first class on this flight.” She lifts her voice to a normal volume. “Is everything OK for you?”“It’s perfect! Thanks very much.”“No problem.” She smiles again and walks away, and I push my briefcase under the seat in front.Wow. This really is lovely. Comfortable seats, and footrests, and everything. This is going to be a completely pleasurable experience from start to finish. I reach for my seat belt and buckle it up nonchalantly, trying to ignore the flutters of apprehension in my stomach.“Would you like some champagne?” It’s my friend the air hostess, beaming down at me.“That would be great,” I say. “Thanks!”Champagne!“And for you, sir? Some champagne?”There’s a man in the seat next to mine who hasn’t even looked up yet. He’s wearing jeans and an old sweatshirt and is staring out of the window. As he turns to answer, I catch a glimpse of dark eyes, stubble, a deep frown etched on his forehead.“Just a brandy. Thanks.”His voice is dry and has an American accent. I’m about to ask him politely where he’s from, but he immediately turns back and stares out of the window again.Which is fine, because to be honest I’m not much in the mood for talking either.I reach for my glass, take a sip, and try to settle down for what I pray will be an uneventful flight.

Editorial Reviews

“Venturing beyond Saks and Barney’s, the bestselling author of Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Ties the Knot entertains readers with backstabbing office shenanigans, competition, scandal, love and sex. . . . Kinsella’s down-to-earth protagonist is sure to have readers sympathizing and doubled over in laughter.”—Publishers Weekly “If laughing out loud in public places is your bag, be sure to pick up [Can You Keep a Secret?]. Heroine Emma Corrigan is going to be your new best friend.”—Boston Herald “Kinsella’s timing is so perfect, her instincts so spot-on, that it’s easy to . . . devour the book like the guilty pleasure it is.”—Miami Herald“Chick lit at its lightest and breeziest . . . filled with fabulous clothes, stalwart friends, and snotty enemies waiting to be taken down a peg.”—Orlando Sentinel “[Kinsella’s] dialogue is sharp, even her minor characters are well drawn, and her parody of the marketing world is very funny.”—Washington Post Book World “[A] comedic frenzy of ill-fated events . . . punchy . . . fast-moving.”—Rocky Mountain News “Kinsella’s witty take on mundane office and family life will really make you laugh out loud. . . . Move over, Bridget [Jones]!”—Evening Chronicle (U.K.) “Hilarious.”—Sun (U.K.) “Kinsella’s light touch keeps this very funny look at life and relationships flying along and builds Emma into a genuinely endearing character. Romantic, but refreshingly witty.”—Sunday Mirror (U.K.) “Like a riotous gossip with your best friend—it’ll have you laughing, cringing and hopelessly engrossed from the first page.”—Scottish Daily Record & Sunday Mail“A delightful new novel . . . Kinsella has another irresistible hit on her hands.”—Booklist