Book ReviewCan You Keep a Secret

Reviewer's Rating: 
This book was so good I'm going to throw a brick through the bookstore window so I can have my own hardcover copy RIGHT NOW!
The Dial Press, 2005

Emma is sitting on a turbulent plane. She's always been a very nervous flyer. She really thinks that this could be her last moment. So, naturally enough, she starts telling the man sitting next to her - quite a dishy American, but she's too frightened to notice -all her innermost secrets. How she scans the backs of intellectual books and pretends she's read them. How she does her hair up like Princess Leia in her bedroom. How she's not sure if she has a G-spot, and whether her boyfriend could find it anyway. How she feels like a fraud at work - everyone uses the word 'operational' all the time but she hasn't a due what it means. How the coffee at work is horrible. How she once threw a troublesome client file in the bin. If ever there was a bare soul, it's hers. She survives the flight, of course, and the next morning the famous founding boss of the whole mega corporation she works for is coming for a look at the UK branch. As he walks around, Emma looks up and realises... It's the man from the plane. What will he do with her secrets? He knows them all - but she doesn't know a single one of his. Or... does she?

How do I love thee? Let me say, THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF ALL TIME!!!! Sophie gets the most attention for her Shopaholic series, but on my shelves, it’s this book that sits on the velvet shelf. Can you keep a secret always makes me laugh – and I’ve read it four times. It’s juicy with comedic banter and the most embarrassing moments imaginable that keep happening to our main character over and over. Sophie is the queen of comedic romance. 

We’ve all been in embarrassing situations, but Emma’s story takes the cake. I love how Sophie blows up everything in Emma’s face and makes me squirm on her behalf. At the same time, it’s because of Emma’s painful honesty that the American boss is drawn to her when he lives in a world where everyone tells the top dog what they think he wants to hear. Sophie writes great characters with snappy chemistry. 

The storytelling is smart and funny at the same time which is why I often reread it. The plot line is, for the most part, straight and narrow with the exception of a mini-mystery that surrounds the American boss. Eventually, Sophie’s writing took her more fully into plot-oriented writing, but this earlier work is truly a work of art....funny, priceless art.

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