BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Sophie Kinsella's I've Got Your Number.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: 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.
Things are suddenly starting to look up for the hapless but optimistic Emma Corrigan. She has kept her job at Panther Cola for nearly a year, has the perfect boyfriend and hopes for a promotion to marketing executive should her first opportunity to strut her stuff and land a business deal be successful. Unfortunately, things don't go quite as planned, and on her unusually turbulent return flight from a disappointing client meeting, in a terrified state, she confesses her innermost secrets to the good-looking stranger sitting beside her. When she shows up at work the next morning, she is horrified to discover that her mystery man is none other than the revered and brilliant Jack Harper, American CEO of Panther Cola, on a weeklong visit to the company's U.K. branch. Thus begins a series of chaotic, motionally exhausting and funny episodes that thrust Emma, with her workaholic best friend, Lissy, and their awful flatmate Jemima, into a world of fairy tales, secrets and deceit. Venturing beyond Saks and Barney's, the bestselling author of Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Ties the Knot entertains readers with backstabbing office shenanigans, competition, scandal, love and sex. The plot is gossamer thin (Jack is keeping secrets of his own) and the lopsided romance not entirely believable, but Kinsella's down-to-earth protagonist is sure to have readers sympathizing and doubled over in laughter. BOMC, QPB and Literary Guild featured alternates. (Mar. 23) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . Another great book!
Posted November 06, 2010 by Amanda , Port CharlotteGreat easy read book! Sophie Kinsella's writing style stays true through all of her books and I love that. I enjoyed this book as much as all her others.
2 . One of my favorite reads
Posted August 01, 2010 by Kinsella Fan , San AntonioI checked this book out from the library when it first came out. I laughed so hard out loud, my mom came in wondering what I was reading. After that I bought a hard copy that I have shared with several friends. I will now buy the digital version to have on my reader for my travels!
I must admit, I do not care fthat much for the Shopaholic series or the Madeleine Wickham novels, but I have enjoyed each of the other KInsella books (especially the Undomestic Goddess).
3 . great book
Posted March 20, 2010 by Barbara , NYI loved this book. I laughed and smiled thru this whole book, totally losing track of time.
4 . A fun read
Posted January 05, 2010 by christina , SacramentoIt was such a great book and super funny. I am now on my fourth book by Sophie Kinsella and they are all so fun to read.
5 . Cover to cover
Posted January 02, 2010 by Paramance , Jax, flThis was only my second Sophie Kinsella book but it was funny, relatable and kept me entralled to the end. I took the day and read it from start to finish. Adorable!
6 . Great
Posted December 29, 2009 by Allison , GainesvilleI loved this book.
7 . Funny
Posted August 26, 2009 by Nat , QuebecI really enjoyed it. :)
8 . I couldn't put it down!
Posted July 26, 2009 by Lana P. , ClevelandThis book was so funny and well-written that I couldn't contain my laughter-even in a Doctor's waiting room! The characters were endearing and well developed. This is by far my favorite Sophie Kinsella title to date!
9 . Funny!
Posted March 21, 2009 by Spark lee reader , BuelltonI have to say that this is one of the funniest book I have ever read. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. If you need a good laugh and a good book this is one to read.
10 . This book rocked
Posted December 26, 2008 by SK , PittsburghGreat book. Romantic, funny and well written
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Excerpt from Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
Of course I have secrets.
Of course I do. Everyone has a few secrets. Itýs completely normal.
Iým not talking about big, earth-shattering secrets. Not the-president-is planning-to-bomb-Japan-and-only-Will-Smith- can-save-the-world type secrets. Just normal, everyday little secrets.
Like, for example, here are a few random secrets of mine, off the top of my head:
1.My Kate Spade bag is a fake.
2.I love sweet sherry, the least cool drink in the universe.
3.I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even exactly what it is.
4.I weigh 128 pounds. Not 118, like my boyfriend, Connor, thinks. (Although, in my defense, I was planning to go on a diet when I told him that. And, to be fair, it is only one number different.)
5.Iýve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.
6.Sometimes, when weýre right in the middle of passionate sex, I suddenly want to laugh.
7.I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur.
8.Iýve already drunk the wine that Dad told me to save for twenty years.
9.Sammy the goldfish at home isnýt the same goldfish that Mum and Dad gave me to look after when they went to Egypt.
10.When my colleague Artemis really annoys me, I feed her plant orange juice. (Which is pretty much every day.)
11.I once had this weird lesbian dream about my flatmate Lissy.
12.My G-string is hurting me.
13.Iýve always had this deep-down conviction that Iým not like everybody else, and thereýs an amazingly exciting new life waiting for me just around the corner.
14.I have no idea what this guy in the gray suit is going on about.
15.Plus, Iýve already forgotten his name.
And I only met him ten minutes ago.
ýWe believe in multi-logistical formative alliances,ý heýs saying in a nasal, droning voice, ýboth above and below the line.ý