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In the Bag

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,702 ratings  ·  349 reviews
Bestselling YA author Kate Klise flies high with her first novel for grown-ups. In the Bag is You’ve Got Mail meets The Parent Trap in the 21st century—an absolutely enthralling story of globe-hopping, lost luggage, found opportunities…and the old-fashioned art of flirtation in a modern world. Told from the alternating perspectives of two single parents and their two teena ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by William Morrow Paperbacks
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Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Funny and sweet.The story of two single parents and their teenage children.The story has been written from all of their perpectives alternately.But it lacked any real solid point.The author tried to present something like the comedy of errors but it was not so interesting.The ending was a bit stupid too.

Overall it was an o.k read.Recommended for people who want to layoff intense for a while and want a light,uncomplicated read.
Apr 08, 2012 rated it did not like it
I found this book to be incredibly banal. The story is told in alternating chapters from the perspective of the 4 main characters, Daisy and her daughter Coco and Andrew and his son Webb; however, all 4 characters are incredibly boring and self-absorbed! The book is predominately spent on the characters inner monologues which are all self-absorbed, insecure, and dull.
The plot of bags being mixed up at the airport and the teens plot to switch them back and the hijinks that ensued had such potent
Kimberly Jones
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a cute fun read!
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
The main reason I wanted to read this book was the cover. I feel like I'm always saying this, but it's so true! If a book looks good, I'm bound to pick it up, often without even reading the back cover. But once I read the back cover, I knew I was going to love this book! So I sent a request to the publisher and was ecstatic to get a review copy!

This book is about a father and son who travel to Spain and a mother and daughter who travel to France. They're on the same flight when the son and daug
Chelsey Wolford
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kate Klise does a fantastic job of changing perspectives and channeling both female and male teenage characters as well as female and male adult characters. Each chapter is titled with the name of the character’s thoughts or actions that you are reading. Everything was kept organized and it was very easy to follow along with this story. Klise had amazing interpretations of how teenagers would react in this scenario and then used a more socially acceptable lingo when speaking as the adults, Andre ...more
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Fluffy, light romance that reads like a romcom. Single parents traveling with single tech-savvy teenagers leads to misunderstandings galore in this travel-inspired tale of love. This is a good vacation read, a good in between book, a good book to read before bed (if that's part of your nightly routine), overall it's something you can just sit back and enjoy.

That being said, there were some things that annoyed me about this book. While the teenagers were pretty well written in terms of motivatio
Apr 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Goodreads: A successful chef and single mother, Daisy Sprinkle, is on vacation with her teenage daughter, Coco, who picks up the wrong duffle bag at the airport. That situation is not improved by the note Daisy finds tucked into her carry-on, apparently from the man in 13-C. Daisy is in no mood for secret admirer notes or dinner dates. Or even men, for that matter.

Andrew doesn’t know what possessed him to do something like that. Hitting on strange women on airplanes is definitely not his typical
Julie G
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: womens-lit
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 te
May 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, adult-fiction
I started reading this book, then set it down and completely forgot I was reading it until I noticed it again. I guess that kinda shows how invested I was in the story. Supposedly this is aimed at adults, but it really reads more like a young adult novel, both in the fact that two of the four main characters are teens and the writing is very fluffy YA-ish.

A dad and his son (Andrew and Webb) and a mom and her daughter (Daisy and Coco) are on the same flight to Paris. Andrew finds Daisy attractiv
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute story! Light read about two couples meeting cute-and they happen to be parents and children. The author usually writes YA, and since I love YA, I liked her style. The characters were pretty likable, too.
Luanne Ollivier
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I know where you might find copies of Kate Klise's adult debut novel In the Bag this summer ..... in quite a few beach bags! It's absolutely perfect for summer reading - sweet, charming, light and fun.

Chef and single mom Daisy is on her way to Paris to take a much needed vacation with her teenage daughter Coco. Single dad Andrew is on that same flight with his teenage son Webb on their way to Spain. When Andrew accidently spills a glass of wine on Daisy, he feels terrible....but also smitten. D
One big mix-up at the airport is just the start of the destined romance between a pair of teens hoping to find themselves in the world, and two single parents who need to be reminded that your job doesn't have to be your whole world.
Coco- Personally, she is my favorite. She's 18 years old and ready to go off to college to be a psychologist. Coco doesn't date, her school work is her life. She's a perfec
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Cute idea for a story!

I was a little confused by the ending since it seemed so abrupt and I thought they were having dinner still. I enjoyed the description of Daisy through Andrew’s eyes, but other than that the characters didn’t really seem to grow on me as actual personalities. I felt like I was just reading someone’s emails as they told me about an experience they had. Otherwise it was a nice, detached summer read. 3 stars.
May 12, 2012 rated it liked it
In The Bag is told from the POV of four people - Daisy, her daughter Coco, Andrew and his son Webb. As it can happen with identical bags, Webb picks up Coco's bag at the Paris Airport and Coco picks Webb's, obviously by mistake. This accident leads to 4 people finding love in the most unexpected way possible.

It was the cover that first attracted me to this book and after reading a sample chapter, I knew I'd like this.
This was such an adorable book! On one side we have Webb and Coco with their
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Adorable...couldn't put it down!

"A successful chef and single mother, Daisy Sprinkle, is on vacation with her teenage daughter, Coco, who picks up the wrong duffle bag at the airport. That situation is not improved by the note Daisy finds tucked into her carry-on, apparently from the man in 13-C. Daisy is in no mood for secret admirer notes or dinner dates. Or even men, for that matter. Andrew doesn’t know what possessed him to do something like that. Hitting on strange women on airplanes is def
(Goldilocks Reads) Jenna Vahue
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
I read this within three hours while I was waiting between classes. Kate Klise is ranked my second favorite author, behind Kresley Cole. While In the Bag was not completely epistolary, I appreciated the emails, plane tickets, and especially notes interspersed into the novel. In the Bag is the story of a case of mistaken luggage at a Parisian airport. Gentle art designer father Andrew and his laid-back son Webb catch a flight to Paris for an art gallery exhibit in Spain. Uptight sous chef Daisy a ...more
Maria Elmvang
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I picked this up on a whim after seeing it on a "Top Ten Travelling Books" list somewhere. It sounded cute, so I figured "why not" - and as so often happens when I have no particular expectations, I ended up being utterly charmed by it :)

The story itself is nothing special - pretty run-of-the-mill YA - but the characters are so real that I couldn't help being taken in by them. I like the way the story chances POV in each chapter, giving us insight into all four main characters that we wouldn't h
Apr 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely adorable read. It was a feel good book. I loved it.

Coco and her mother Daisy go to Paris for a vacation when Daisy once more quits her job. Andrew takes his son Webb with him as he goes to Madrid for work. Coco and Webb's bags are interchanged. The teens start e-mailing each other unbeknownst to their parents. Daisy, as a favor to her friend, does the food for the art exhibition that Andrew has been designing. They start talking. What happens is a wild ride. With old fashi
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this cute little book! I picked it up because my nine year old son likes the author's "Regarding the Fountain" series and her "43 Old Cemetery Rd" series, and I was more than a little intrigued when I saw this cover that looked more like a book which I would like than he would. Turns out I was right. I've rounded up my 4.5 stars because I enjoyed the book so much - its set in Paris, Madrid and Barcelona, and involves a mother-daughter and a father-son and how they come to meet and fall in ...more
May 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Finished 5/26/16. I'm clearly gearing up for vacation, with all these quick reads. This was a cute, light story with some grating characters. I wished they would get out of their heads more and speak to each other. I don't NEED to know everything the character is thinking (view spoiler). There were very cute parts (view spoiler) ...more
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
This was a cute, fun, easy beach/pool read. It made me laugh out loud, long to travel to Paris, Madrid, and Barcelona, and miss all the flirty fun that comes with meeting someone that you have a connection with. I really was rooting for all the characters to figure out their complications and missed connections and misunderstandings, so they could come to a happy ending, which it did. I will highly recommend this book for a quick, entertaining read.
Connie N.
I'd rate this a solid 4.5 stars, but because it was such an unexpected pleasure I'm rounding it up to 5 stars. So cute! It's supposedly Klise's first "adult" book, but really it felt more like a YA book, which is apparently her forte. We follow 2 single-parent families to Europe, with the time frame lasting just about a week. Webb came with his father to Andrew's job in Madrid as an exhibit display guru. And Coco goes with her mom to Paris for a brief trip that turns into a working vacation for ...more
Daisy Sprinkle is a single mom and well known chef in the Chicago area. She's just left the last restaurant she helped put on the map and is taking a spring break vacation to Paris with her moody high school senior daughter Coco. Andrew Nelson and his teenage son Webb are on the same flight to Paris and Andrew spills alcohol all over Daisy by accident during boarding. Attracted and chagrined, he secretly leaves a note in her bag at baggage claim in Paris before he and Webb continue on to Madrid ...more
B.A. Wilson
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This is cute and written in a variety of formats, including letters and emails between sections of narrative/prose. It takes place mostly in Paris and Madrid, is in 4 POVs, and feels like a double Meet Cute. A single mom travels with her teenage daughter, and a single dad travels with his teenage son. Some drama and chaos ensues, followed by some angsty flirting.

This is being compared to the Parent Trap, but as someone who grew up on the joy that is the Parent Trap, I can assure you that is a t
Apr 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute but a little over drawn out

This was described as You've Got Mail meets The Parent Trap. Two of my favorite movies so I was sure I'd love it... unfortunately it was just okay for me. There were too many misunderstandings/miscommunications that annoyed me. Why don't people just TALK to each other? Why always hide your feelings or not be 100% honest? All 4 characters were insecure and therefore would do or say things (or really not do or say things) and sabatoge the budding relationships. It d
Robin Blankenship
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I wanted to Love this book. I loved the format, the emails, the back and forth. But there characters were not likable. They were all 4 weird, paranoid, antisocial, self abosorbed people who did not know how to communicate or be real with anyone. They were parents that didn't seem to like their kids and kids who didn't like their parents probably because the kids knew what their parents said behind their backs. The back story of Webb's mom and Coco's dad was more interesting. These people need th ...more
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
A mom and daughter trip crossing paths with a father and son adventure is a really good premise, with a clear enough cast of characters to easily switch perspectives in a way that didn't feel forced. I liked the place descriptions, but didn't love the way some of the characters couldn't see outside their own problems. According to the author note at the back of the book, this idea came from a not some secret admirer left in her own bag on a plane ride, maybe this kind of thing happens more often ...more
Helen Dunn
May 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cheapkindle
Amazon bargain purchase.

Cute but simple with alternating chapters between adults and their teenaged kids all mixed up in different permutations of a whirlwind European romance. There's a silly political subplot but mostly it's just a lighthearted romance with a view of the inner monologue and insecurities of all the people involved.

Read in one sitting. Didn't require a lot of concentration. Probably great to read on a flight or by the pool.
Barbara Nutting
Aug 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is exactly why I have a shiny purple suitcase with matching pom poms! It
was noted in the bio blurb that this was her first novel for adults - I think she missed the mark and should stick to the young adult genre!! It was pretty awful with dialogue to make you gag!! There was no plot and the ending was obvious from word one!! Fortunately it only took about an hour to read (skim)!!
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love this book. Has so much excitement in each page that it will make never want to put it down! Crazy twists and turns that will make you scream on this book version of a roller coaster ride.
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Catherine "Kate" Klise is an American author of children's literature. Many of her books are illustrated by her sister, M. Sarah Klise. Their popular Regarding series is presented in a scrapbook style format, with letters, journal entries, and related ephemera telling the story. She is also known for her picture

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