Saturday, July 09, 2005

Can You Keep a Secret?

A friend recommended this Sophie Kinsella book, so I decided to pick it up one day when I was spending double my Mother’s Day B&N gift card. I don’t read a heck of a lot of chick lit. I’ve read some authors whose books I’ve liked before they moved into chick-lit-type books, and once in a while an individual title catches my interest, but generally, it’s not a genre I seek. I just can’t identify with most of the protagonists, which is not a fault of the genre or of me—it’s just a matter of circumstance.

It’s also a matter of me not caring for first person very much, being disgusted by heroines who can’t hold a job or manage any part of their lives without screwing it up, and absolutely detesting present tense narration.

So anyway, I picked up this book, Can You Keep a Secret?, and started reading.

It was in first person.

Present tense.

And the heroine was angsting about her job, then proceeded to completely muck up an important business meeting by being too self-congratulatory. {sigh}

I now understand why publishers love trade paperback. I paid 12 bucks for the darned thing. It was kind of hard to throw it against the wall after only a couple of chapters.

Luckily, Sophie Kinsella writes well. It’s a very smooth read, and she has great characterization, which makes for a visual story, though it’s not a descriptive one. So I kept going. And I found myself laughing. And then tears pricked my eyes. And then, even though it was 12:45 a.m., I didn’t want to put the book down.

And that’s really saying something.

P.S. This book is totally a romance. I’m just sayin’.


TJBrown said...

I wasn't that thrilled with the shopoholic series... I just wanted to slap the heroine upside the head and talk to her as if she was one of my kids... though I don't ever slap my own kids:)

Glad you enjoyed the read:)

Jody W. said...

I didn't cotton to the Shopaholic heroine that much, either, but this book really pleased me. I paid retail price! In a Brick and Mortar bookstore!

Natalie Damschroder said...

I just read an Entertainment Weekly review of Undomestic Goddess and it got a really good review. I was surprised, because EW really disses genre fiction.