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Book Review – Can you keep a Secret? By Sophie Kinsella

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I’ve read the Shopoholic series by Sophie Kinsella, loved it! So was definitely expecting to be just as entertained by this book and I wasn’t disappointed. The basis of the book being, what happens if you blurt out all of your secrets (including ones you didn’t know you had) to a complete stranger thinking you’d never see them again?…but then you do… a lot! The result of this unlikely set of circumstances is a totally endearing read…

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. – Emma Corrigan

This book was exactly what I was hoping for it to be, fun, witty and a lot of laughs. The lead character Emma is so lovable that you know you would love to have her as a bestie because life would be so darn entertaining! Also, for me a lot of Emma’s charm is that she reminded me of myself and of my BBH. For example…This next paragraph is my BBH through and through which had me giggling…

Shit. Another bloody red traffic light. I almost can’t keep still on my seat and the driver’s just sitting there, like it doesn’t matter. OK, it’s green! Go! Go now! But he’s pulling off in this leisurely way, as though we’ve got all day…he’s chuntering down the street…now he’s giving way to another driver! What is he doing? Ok. Calm down, Emma. Here’s the street. We’re finally here.

Road rage! Hilarious! And totally lovable!

Add into the mix a couple of hilarious friends ‘The mink like being made into coats’ A work place bully, a (semi) dysfunctional family, a not quite right boyfriend and a (very) magnetic boss you’ve got a recipe for success. I love Chick Lit stories that don’t take themselves too seriously, but at the same time have a lot of heart and sincerity. And this is where Sophie Kinsella is always so brilliant.

‘Slowly he leans towards me and my heart starts to pound. Oh my God. Oh my God. He’s going to kiss me. He’s going to – ‘Argh! Arrgh! Arrrgh!’ I leap up off the bench in total panic. A spider is running up my leg. A big black spider. ‘Get it off!’ I say, frantically. ‘Get it off!’

So all and all, a really enjoyable read. The pace didn’t get bogged down with anything too complex and I was entertained from the first page till the last. Once again Sophie Kinsella has put a fresh spin on typical Chick Lit and for me, it’s a winner.

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