⭐ Rating: 3.5/5
I’m glad I came across this book. It’s been a while since the last time I read chick-lit and this book gave me that feeling of light in reading, how everything was just flowing and I didn’t need to grab tissues to wipe my tears or to re-read certain sentences to make sense out of them—because it’s the kinds of book I’ve been reading these past few months. I’m not complaining about it, though—I love the books that can emotionally move me and I need to read those “insightful and heavy” books. But this book is such a perfect break.
Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella reminded me of my time in junior high when all my reading was teen-lit, so fun and light that you could finish one in less than 12 hours but still leave you thinking about it. It reminded me of how fun reading chick-lit was. But sadly, some people still look down to and underestimate it (and other “pop” readings)—just because it “doesn’t give you a critical insight into a certain issue”. While in fact, some do give critical insights, but in the most subtle way possible.
And the story—it’s funny and cute! It kind of crosses the “realistic line” but it’s fiction anyway. I like how close Emma is to girls in reality. And by this I mean in personality, not in her luck meeting a multibillionaire guy who later makes her love life cliché. Emma is not perfect. She wants to be, but things get around so she doesn’t do whatever it is that’s supposed to make her so. What she feels, what she does, what she thinks, what she wishes, and what she aims, are real. I think this closure to reality is important because then the female readers can connect and feel assured that they’re not alone having those feelings and thoughts. I mean, hey, if there is even someone writing it down, how many others have been thinking about it too?