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Review: In the Bag

October 12, 2012

Webb and his dad, Andrew, are flying through Paris on their way to Madrid where Andrew is in charge of the installation of a new exhibit at the art museum.  Andrew spies a beautiful woman on the flight and can’t get her out of his mind – he even slips a note into her carry-on bag.  When they arrive in Madrid, Webb discovers that he grabbed the wrong suitcase in Paris – he’s got a suitcase full of girl’s clothing.

Coco and her mom, Daisy, are on that flight to Paris – Daisy’s a well known chef who’s just quit her job and she needs a break.  They’re staying in the apartment of a friend and when they get there, Coco discovers she has the wrong suitcase.

I’m sure you can guess where things are going with In the Bag by Kate Klise, but I found the book to be delightful in spite of the fact that it’s somewhat predictable.  The plot relies heavily on coincidences, but that didn’t matter to me – I just rolled with it and thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with this book.

In the Bag is told from the points of view of all four characters, with narration overlapping at times to give readers a fuller picture of what happened.  I enjoyed each of the characters for different reasons and knew how I wanted things to end up.  Even though I thought I knew what would happen, I was flipping the pages as fast as I could to see if I was right.  There were a few unexpected twists and turns in the book that just added to the fun for me.

I hesitate to say this since chick lit has gotten a bad rap lately but, to me, In the Bag had a chick lit feel.  It was fun, funny, and a little bit romantic.  If you’re looking for a lighter read, I recommend this book!  I think it’s appropriate for older teens on up.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
24 Comments leave one →
  1. October 12, 2012 5:49 am

    There is a time and place for predictable chick lit. I just finished one for our book club, and it was like…eating a Cadbury Egg. Couldn’t really do that all time, but it was really tasty. Albeit predictable and something completely ungrounded.

  2. October 12, 2012 7:02 am

    too many coincidences just annoy me, I must say.

  3. October 12, 2012 7:03 am

    It sounds fun, but not for me I don’t think.

    Have a nice weekend Kathy.

  4. October 12, 2012 7:07 am

    See I would read this one absolutely! I love those sorts of stories!

  5. October 12, 2012 9:12 am

    sounds like a good happy read that will work wonders while I’m on the tube!

  6. holdenj permalink
    October 12, 2012 9:16 am

    I enjoyed this too, simply for what it was. Delightful is a perfect work for it.

    • holdenj permalink
      October 12, 2012 9:17 am

      Oops, darn fingers, I mean word, of course!

  7. October 12, 2012 10:42 am

    I read this one on a four-hour train ride back from New York and really liked it! You’re right: it’s pretty predictable, and relies very heavily upon some crazy coincidences. But I found it fun, light and definitely enjoyable! Plus, I read it almost in one sitting . . . always a good sign.

  8. October 12, 2012 12:31 pm

    It sounds like a nice light read.

  9. October 12, 2012 1:05 pm

    I love chick lit and don’t really care about the bad rap its received. I’ll definitely be kindling this book. It sounds like a light, fun read – perfect for the weekend 🙂

  10. October 12, 2012 1:15 pm

    This sounds like a fun book to stick in your bag for a trip! 🙂

  11. October 12, 2012 1:29 pm

    This sounds so fluffy and charming — a good antidote to a crappy day. I’m adding it to my TBR — for me, sometimes reading a book in which you know what will happen is reassuring, soothing. I like getting what I expect. I totally need this book!

  12. October 12, 2012 2:38 pm

    I like Chick Lit every now and again, and it never really bothers me if it’s predictable. That cover is very similar to A Weekend With Mr. Darcy by Victoria Connelly.

  13. bookingmama permalink
    October 12, 2012 3:05 pm

    Sounds adorable. I bet Booking Daughter will love it!

  14. October 12, 2012 4:04 pm

    Hey I love chick-lit 😀

  15. October 12, 2012 4:23 pm

    Books like this one are just so much fun!

    Thank you for sharing!

  16. October 12, 2012 5:41 pm

    It does sound predictable but it sounds delightful as well.

  17. October 12, 2012 7:14 pm

    It does sound cute. And the cover is adorable.

  18. October 12, 2012 7:46 pm

    I don’t think there is anything wrong with chick lit if that is what you are in the mood for.

  19. talesofwhimsy permalink
    October 12, 2012 8:02 pm

    Sounds fun and not to be taken too seriously. Great review.

  20. October 12, 2012 9:25 pm

    I absolutely adore that cover.

  21. October 14, 2012 2:05 pm

    I have a copy of this one and left in the camper for something to read when I go up during the summer!!

  22. October 16, 2012 1:45 pm

    I think predictable is okay but if there are too many eye rolling coincidences sometimes the story get s ruined. I’ve been on the fence about this one for that reason, but I’m pretty sure I’ll pick it up eventually.

  23. October 19, 2012 9:19 am

    I am not a fan of Chick Lit that is sticky and sweet with no plot line, but there are lots of books that fall into that genre that are much better than that. We need a shoot-off of that category to accurately describe books like this one.

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