Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Book Review: In The Bag by Kate Klise

In The Bag is the perfect summer book.  It follows a mother/daughter and father/son who are travelling in Europe and have an unlikely bag mix up that results in a flurry of emails, missed connections, and cute/quirky misunderstandings.  It's short and light and the perfect beach read. 

The author does an excellent job of capturing both adult and teen voices.  The book is divided into sections narrated by each main character.  In the adult-narrated sections, we see the angst and moodiness of teenagers through an adult's eyes.  In the teen-narrated sections, we get a great glimpse into how teens see their parents.  I was really impressed with the author's ability to capture both age ranges effectively. 

Entertainment Value
I read it in one sitting if that tells you anything.  It's funny and cute (if somewhat predictable) in a great summer romantic comedy way.  I'd definitely go see it if it were turned into a movie. 

I definitely recommend it, especially as a vacation/beach/summer-type read.  It's cute and light and interesting enough to keep your attention through a flight or in a crowd by the pool.  One word of caution: the teenagers in it may inadvertently make you feel old.  At one point Webb gives a description of "old guy" music and uses Elliot Smith as an example.  My jaw seriously dropped.  I never thought I'd hear someone I listened to in college described as "old guy" music.  It hasn't been that long!!!!!!

Thanks to TLC for including me on the tour!  Click here for a list of other tour stops.


  1. I always find it takes a special author to do the adult and teenager voices well in the same novel. Glad to know this one handles it well.

    I'm keeping this one in mind for future summer fun reads!

    1. If you decide you want to read it, just say the word - I think I owe you a book lendings by now!

  2. Thanks for this nice review!
    Sorry about Elliot Smith. I feel like anything I like (Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, et al), teenagers must think is hopelessly outdated....
    Happy reading!
    Kate Klise

    1. Wow, thanks for commenting Kate! My husband tells me we are, actually, old guys after all. And I was secretly thrilled to see Elliot Smith get a mention in a book! It's a great book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Hope you've got something else coming out soon!

  3. Sounds like a PERFECT read for a weekend trip!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

  4. I'd love to see how the author has the teens viewing the parents.

    Every review I've read has raved about this book. So glad you loved it!