Can You Keep a Secret?

Can You Keep a Secret?
Can You Keep a Secret?

by Sophie Kinsella
4 of 5 stars

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.…Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her…

Main Characters

My Emma Corrigan

Emma Corrigan: English with shoulder length hair. She is quirky and kind but focuses too much on what people think of her. She hasn’t really found her place in the world yet. To me, she feels like a breath of fresh air. She doesn’t have a great relationship with her family (she desperately wants them to be proud of her) with the exception of her grandfather.

My Jack Harper

Jack Harper: He is a wealthy American businessman who started his own business with a friend; Panther Corp. He is a bit playful with Emma, as proven by how he teases her about her many secrets, but you get the feeling that he isn’t like that with others. He has his own secrets (no, not a red room of pain) and could learn a thing or two from Emma.


I fell in love with Emma! I love how she talks about all of the worries and stresses that we all feel (but keep to ourselves). You just have to love the way her mind works. Laugh out loud book that will have you reading every book you can find by Sophie Kinsella

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.

Can You Keep a Secret? is similar to other Kinsella books in that there is no insta-love. It seems like most romance novels spend less than a third of the book on the “falling in love” and the rest on sex and drama. Not so with this story. Essentially, the entire book is the courtship.

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.

Obviously, the personalities are a little over-the-top, but that is what makes it so funny. There are times when you want to jump into the book and cover Emma mouth because you can tell that she is about to put her foot into it in a big way.

Kinsella has such a way with words.

“Carried away.
He got a little carried away.
This is like saying Hitler was a tad aggressive.”

Book Info

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Point of View: First person, Emma
Length: 302 pages
Price: $6.83 on Amazon

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