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Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

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funny lighthearted reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

One of my favorite books. Own it hardcover and on audiobook. Have reread multiple times. It’s a feel good comfort story I reach for because the main character feels like a friend at this point.

Such a funny, quirky, casual story about a woman who spills all her secrets to a “stranger” on a plane, and has to deal with scrambling to pick up the mess from it. Male love interest is actually written as a true-to-form stereotypical man, not the dashing Prince Charming come to say all the right things and sweep you off your feet. He’s clueless sometimes, puts his foot in it other times, and is frustrating. Female protagonist is funny, relatable, flawed, and complicated. But the moral at the end has a satisfying arc for both romantic leads. She learns to stand up for herself, and he learns to open up.

It’s a bit of a “boy who cried Wolf” parable. When I read this in middle school, I was so motivated and moved that I promised myself to never lie again, because what good can come of it? They spiral into larger and larger lies you have to juggle. (Don’t tell my younger self how I did on that promise, by the way.) This is a comedic story that rephrases that moral to a contemporary, adult, lighthearted audience. How can a relationship be when it begins on lies? Quite rough, of course. 

While the premise can feel a bit forced
(I mean, how bad can the turbulence be from Gatwick to Heathrow to make you feel you are about to die?)
it’s forgivable to get the story going. The writing is simple but that makes it a quick and easy read. And the biggest compliment I’ve mostly heard from other fans, is that it’s just so funny that it makes you laugh out loud. There are some scenes that are positively slapstick of the mind. 



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funny lighthearted relaxing fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75


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