Monday, February 13, 2012

Audiobook Review: Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Can You Keep a Secret?
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Published: March 1, 2005
Genre: chick lit
Audiobook: 5 CDs
Narrator: Emily Gray
Source: borrowed from the library

My Rating: 2.5 stars

Synopsis (from GoodReads): Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:
Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur. 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 weigh one hundred and twenty-eight pounds. Not one eighteen, like Connor thinks.
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.
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. 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.

My Thoughts: I love listening to Sophie Kinsella's audiobooks. They are so easy to listen to, the narrators are always entertaining and bring the book to life, and it's so easy to come back to after not listening for awhile. So, I was expecting the same things from this book that I have come to expect from Kinsella's work. And while it was nice to listen to, it wasn't my favorite book. The concept is interesting, so you think that the whole book would be that way. Emma is working for Panther Cola in the marketing department as an assistant. She is really hoping for a promotion since she's worked at the company for a year, so her boss sends her to a business meeting in Glasglow, thinking that it's a simple meeting that even she could handle. Well, she loses the client and on her return flight, experience turbulence during the flight and thinks that she is dying, so she starts sharing all of her secrets with the man sitting next to her. The flight lands safely and Emma thinks she will never see this man again, until he shows up to her office a few days later and she realizes that he is the CEO of Panther Cola. Hilarity ensues as she realizes what this might mean to her career and her personal life.

It's a typical Kinsella novel, which is good, but it wasn't as gripping as her other works. I felt like Emma was too wish-washy. She wanted Jack to know about her, then she didn't, then she did. It was just too much back and forth for a main character. And Jack's secret was such a letdown! The novel is building up to this moment where Jack finally tells Emma why he was in Glasglow, and it wasn't even that big of a secret (at least to me)! It was unclimatic and I was left feeling like I listened to this book without getting something out of it. It wasn't an awful book, but not what I've come to expect from Kinsella. 

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to hear this one didn't work for you. It has been awhile since I've read it, but it's one of my favorite books by the author.