Book 43: Can You Keep A Secret?

Book Title: Can You Keep A Secret
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Published: 2003
Pages: 364
Category: fiction: general, fiction: chick lit

My office hosted a second hand book sale to raise money for the United Way last month, and having little to do when there were no customers, I picked through the books that had been brought in, hoping to find something to tide me over through a Girl Guide camp that weekend. Nothing heavy (either literally or metaphorically) would do, and I had read and enjoyed some of Sophie Kinsella’s previous books (The Shopaholic Series). So I came to pick up Can You Keep A Secret.

I wasn’t expecting much, and what I found was mostly fluff. But there is definitely nothing wrong with that. This particular brand of fluff was hilarious. And British. Always a worthwhile combination.

The main character, a hapless, well meaning professional just starting out, finds herself upgraded to a first class ticket on a flight from Scotland to England, which encounters horrendous turbulence. This fear for her life somehow prompts her to spill every secret she’s ever kept – insecurities, inappropriate dreams, work grievances – to the man sitting next to her, never intending to a) live, or b) see him again.

The flight having landed safely in London, she then turns up for work the next day, and who should she find? The man from the plane is the company’s head honcho, in town for just a few days to observe the every day operations of his company.

Hijinks, of course, ensue.

The results were hilarious, I was laughing out loud, and reading passages to my fellow leaders in an attempt to explain to them why I was in hysterics during ‘quiet time’.

Sometimes it seems that ‘Chick Lit’ gets a bad rap, but for me, similarly to Young Adult Fiction, Chick Lit is something to be enjoyed. Not every book you read has to be deep, thought provoking, or thousands of pages long. Some of them can just be funny. Or enjoyable. Or a fun escape from every day. And Sophie Kinsella never disappoints in this regard.

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One Response to Book 43: Can You Keep A Secret?

  1. blonderover says:

    I concur! I’ve read this one a couple times and it’s good. It’s a light read, great for the bath or beach. Or camp!

    I also like Marian (Marion?) Keyes. She writes Brit Chick Lit as well. Several of her books interconnect, using the same family, but focuses on different sisters.

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