January 23, 2013

Book Review: In the Bag by Kate Klise

At First Sight: Spring Break finds two single parents taking the same plane to Paris with their respective teenagers. Famous chef Daisy Sprinkle is taking 18-year old Coco to Paris, hoping they will both have time to relax, shop and eat good food. Andrew Nelson - exhibit designer extraordinaire - is taking 17-year-old Webb with him to Madrid while he works at a new exhibit, hoping to spend some time together.

Then Andrew spots - and spills wine all over - Daisy and is smitten. Daisy is not quite so impressed and even less so when, once in Paris,  she finds a note Andrew put in her purse basically asking for a date.

Meanwhile, Coco and Webb find themselves with luggage not their own. Luckily, Coco's bag had a tag with her email, which Webb uses to contact her. Soon they are exchanging emails back and forth, each utterly charmed with the other, sharing secrets and funny conversations. 

Second Glance: I don't want to give away a lot of the plot because it's very cute and adorable to see it develop. and yeah, granted it's not that very surprising once you get going but still!

I first requested In The Bag because I found the cover adorable and I'm happy to report that the contents are equally so. Web and Coco are both very smart and their conversation topics might be a little adult, but they are also very teenage-ry in other ways (like they totally sulk and disagree with their parents and have weird mood swings). And their emails back and forth were a highlight of this book.

Andrew was easy to like - and I liked him more the more I learned about his situation - and it was adorable how smitten he was with Daisy - both before and after they actually meet. Daisy was a tough cookie to like, I understood a lot of where she came from, but at the same time she was WAY neurotic sometimes.

The writing is charming and fun, and light. This book is very brain candy friendly.

My one complaint is that the second part of the book felt rushed in comparison to the first part. In the end I liked it, the pace was mostly even but it did feel rushed after a while.

Bottom Line: Kate Klise wrote a very cute book, and I mean that in the best possible way. It was fun to read, easy to read and just relaxing. I liked Web and Coco's adventure just as I liked Andrew and Daisy's. Also, it's very PG, an adult can read it and have fun and a teenager can read it and have fun. 
PS - Review copy provided by the publisher.

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