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Can You Keep a Secret? Paperback – 16 Feb 2005
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" Backstabbing office shenanigans, competition, scandal, love and sex.... Kinsella' s down-to-earth protagonist is sure to have readers sympathizing and doubled over in laughter." -- "Publishers Weekly
"" Kinsella's timing is so perfect, her instincts so spot-on ... delightful." -- "Miami Herald"
"From the Hardcover edition."
& quot; Backstabbing office shenanigans, competition, scandal, love and sex.... Kinsella ' s down-to-earth protagonist is sure to have readers sympathizing and doubled over in laughter.& quot; -- Publishers Weekly
& quot; Kinsella's timing is so perfect, her instincts so spot-on ... delightful.& quot; -- Miami Herald
From the Hardcover edition.
"Backstabbing office shenanigans, competition, scandal, love and sex.... Kinsella's down-to-earth protagonist is sure to have readers sympathizing and doubled over in laughter."--Publishers Weekly
From the Inside Flap
With the same wicked humor, buoyant charm, and optimism that have made her Shopaholic novels beloved international bestsellers, Sophie Kinsella delivers a hilarious new novel and an unforgettable new character. Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:
Secrets from her mother: Sammy the goldfish in my parents' kitchen is not the same goldfish that Mum gave me to look after when she and Dad were in Egypt.
Secrets from her boyfriend: I've always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.
From her colleagues:
When Artemis really annoys me, I feed her plant orange juice. (Which is pretty much every day.) It was me who jammed the copier that time. In fact, all the times.
Secrets she wouldn't share with anyone in the world:
My G-string is hurting me.Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.
But come Monday morning, Emma's office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack Harper, the company's elusive CEO. Suddenly Emma is face-to-face with the stranger from
the plane, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her. Things couldn't possibly get worse--Until they do.
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When nervous flier Emma Corrigan thinks they are going to crash, her little corner of the plane becomes a confessional as she spills all of her little secrets to the random bloke sat next to her. Emma expects never to see him again so when he appears in her life she is mortified, he however, is intrigued.
I loved Emma from the moment she opened her mouth. She is ''just an ordinary, nothing-special girl'' (p257). Except she isn't. Emma is bright (so what if she doesn't know what NATO stands for), funny resourceful, ambitious (but nor ruthless), and kind - well it is Artemis' plant she is trying to annihilate not Artemis herself. I was rooting for her and I was happy when she wiped the smile off her cousin's face.
I found her relationship with her parents really sad,, but unfortunately it does happen, parents do sometimes compare their child to a cousin and find that child wanting. I was surprised that she forgave them so easily.
Maybe I am wrong to do so, but I loved bad girl Jemima and the lengths she goes to to protect her expensive items from Emma and Lissy. I think a love-to-hate character adds colour to a story.
I loved Jack Harper. I loved the way he toyed with Emma, letting her know in not too subtle ways that he remembered her secrets one after another, and letting her worry that there would be consequences. My only grumble was him calling her a ''nothing-special girl''. In Emma's shoes I am not sure I could forgive those three words...well it would take lots of sparkly things.
I agree with Emma's last words at the end, that it is normal to have a few secrets. I am glad that this book is not a secret and I recommend it.
Emma is young and living in London, trying to find a career at 'Panther Cola' that will make her family proud. She is in a boring relationship with the "perfect" man and plods along in life until she boards a plane from a disastrous meeting. During turbulence, thinking the plane will crash, she blurts all her secrets to an American stranger. All of her secrets. Thinking she will never meet this man again, she is then horrified to find out he is in fact the CEO of the whole company she works for. So ensues an amusing account of her encounters with him at work and a realisation that life can be much more satisfying if only we shared a little more.
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