S&S: Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Posted September 28, 2016 by Pamela Nicole in Reviews / 4 Comments

S&S: Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie KinsellaCan You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
Published by Dial Press on 2005
Genres: Humorous, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 357
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased


Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:

Secrets from her mother:
*I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur.
*Sammy the goldfish in my parents’ kitchen is not the same goldfish that Mum gave me to look after when she and Dad were in Egypt.

Secrets from her boyfriend:
*I weigh one hundred and twenty-eight pounds. Not one eighteen, like Connor thinks.
*I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.

From her colleagues:
*When Artemis really annoys me, I feed her plant orange juice. (Which is pretty much every day.)
*It was me who jammed the copier that time. In fact, all the times.

Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world:
*My G-string is hurting me.
*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—Until they do.




S&S stands for Short & Sweet = Mini Review. For those books that deserve a review but for when I don’t have the mental willpower to write a full more complete one or there’s simply not much to say


Oh man, I haven’t had so much fun reading a book in a long time. I mean, I’ve read plenty of awesome books, but I can’t remember the last time I’d laughed so much while reading. I loved it so much!


A relatable main character

You know how we can relate to so many characters in YA literature, and we do; they are relatable. But Emma is something else. I loved following her thought processs as I read about her life and her decisions. Yeah, she could be pretty stupid sometimes but aren’t we all, at least sometimes?


A frustrating conflict

In a good kind of way, mostly. When someone knows all your secrets, while there may be some good things, there will definitely be some drawbacks as well. Emma constantly worries because the guy knows pretty much everything there is to know about her, while she barely knows him. They struggle with this for quite a bit, and there are some situations when you really do see how this affects their relationship. I loved it!


A not very satisfying resolution

I would have to agree to what others reviewers said about the ending, though. A bit rushed, and wasn’t given enough time to breathe, enough time for us to say ‘Yes, congrats guys, you earned it!’. The curtain closes and you just have to trust that everything will indeed be alright. For some people, this can even ruin a book, but for me it was just a bitter aftertaste.




You should read ‘Can You Keep a Secret?’ if:

  • You want a book you just can’t put down
  • You want a book with an adult MC
  • You want to laugh
  • You’re a fan of the ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’ movie (Seriously, I had no idea it was a book! Then I discovered this book and the author and her previous works and I couldn’t believe it! She has a gift for humor!)

Hi, I’m Pamela, your curly-haired bookdragon friend, here to talk about books, writing, introversion, and everything creativity! I also teach creative writing through workshops and online courses to spanish-speaking writers.

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4 responses to “S&S: Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

  1. I read this book years ago, but I still remember how much I enjoyed it, simply because it was so much fun – if I had to use two words to describe it, I’d say ‘pure entertainment’. But again, that could be said about every single Sophie Kinsella novel I’ve read so far. She has this ability of creating a fun story, with cute characters, yet their problems don’t seem trivial or childish, because the story totally sucks the reader in… at least me. lol
    Great review!
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