Friday, August 21, 2009

81. Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

This is the second Kinsella book that I've read. (I actually listened to to the first one.) Secret is every bit as funny even without the British accent reading it to me. True, there is too much profanity. True, the heroine comes off too ditsy for words and you can't understand why guys are attracted to her. Of course, it's told in the first person and she doesn't really brag about her looks other than to say she weighs too much and lies about it. That's the whole premise for this book. Emma always tries to tell people what they want to hear to make herself look better so she is keeping a bunch of secrets. That she is able to keep up with all these lies is pretty amazing. On a plane trip home from Scotland, she's had too much to drink and the plane hits turbulence sending Emma into a panic. She turns to her seatmate and spills all her secrets. Naturally, that man turns up in her life all too soon and the results are so hilarious. It's a light and fluffy book, very fun to read. I think Kinsella has a way of capturing the female psychic in a way that makes us relate without feeling too much pain. We all need to laugh at ourselves. If it wasn't for the profanity and sexual innuendos, I would read a lot more of Kinsella's books; but probably won't. We'll see. Rating: 4


  1. I haven't tried any of her books just yet and based on this review, I likely won't. However, I do think you are right in saying that she has captured a bit of the female psyche and I think it's interesting that reading her book doesn't hurt that much. Interesting thing to point out! =) This might be something I'd enjoy on the big screen (the light, fluffy fun of it all).

    Thanks the review and the thoughts!

  2. I love Kinsella's books! I can't wait to get my hands on her newest one, 'Twenties Girl'.

    If you love Kinsella, you'll also love a book called 'Knickles and Dimes'. It has hilarious characters and a really great story. I'd recommend it!

    Thanks for the review : )

  3. I rated this one a 3.75/5. Even so, I think Kinsella is the only chick-lit writer that I actually really enjoy. A guilty pleasure?