Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sophie Kinsella

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Today’s recommendation is Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella (author of the Shopaholic books). I know it’s not a recent book, but I still love it. It’s the story of a woman working in marketing (even though she’s barely more than a secretary) who, after a really bad meeting, gets drunk on a plane and spills all of her secrets to her seatmate. Secrets like the fact that she steals her roommate’s clothes when she’s not around, and that she feeds her coworker’s plan orange juice when she gets annoyed with her, and that she and another coworker have a code for when they want to go out for coffee. Seemingly innocent secrets to tell a complete stranger, right?

But then the stranger turns out to be the reclusive owner of the company she works for, and he’s decided to start taking a more front seat role in the company.

This story is an example of really well written chick lit. The story is well told, the voice of the narrator is very engaging. The main characters seem like real people, with real emotions, real flaws, and a slightly crazy family. Right now in the publishing industry it seems as though chick lit is dead (or is it making a comeback, I can’t really keep up) but I think that writers like Sophie Kinsella have a staying power that will be able to survive the rockings of the industry and keep producing great fiction.

Another great book I’d recommend from Sophie Kinsella is The Undomestic Goddess. When her job goes on the line because of a mistake that she can’t believe she made, Samantha goes on the run, and somehow ends up getting hired as a housekeeper, even though she can’t figure out what a vacuum bag is for. But with a little help from some friends, old and new, she just might be able to pull it off.

Sophie Kinsella is also published under the name Madeline Wickham, with several well sold titles under that name.


  1. I've read all of Sophie Kinsella's books (and the ones she's written under her real name of Madeline Wickham) and loved each one. I was late to the party as they say on the "Shopaholic" series which is where I started...but I'm so glad I finally arrived!

  2. I <3 Sophie Kinsella ... the Madeleine Wickham books aren't as good but some of them were amusing. I love the Shopaholic series too, though the movie was a little disappointing. :P