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3.01  ·  Rating details ·  7,383 ratings  ·  842 reviews
Kezia, Nathaniel, and Victor are reunited for the extravagant wedding of a college friend. Now at the tail end of their twenties, they arrive completely absorbed in their own lives—Kezia the second-in-command to a madwoman jewelry designer in Manhattan; Nathaniel, the former literary cool kid, selling his wares in Hollywood; and the Eeyore-esque Victor, just fired from a m ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
Damn you, Mindy Kaling and your "everyone cool is reading The Clasp" tweet. It was over-written, boring and had no likable characters. And slow as hell - it took me two long weeks to read. Never again, Mindy. ...more
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well this was absolutely splendid.

I like Sloane a lot, but I've always liked her with a kind of aggressive defensiveness -- I know she is the cute new thing (still, even after two bestsellers), that many people find her overly precious and frivolous, but I know too that I am squarely in her target demo, and that, as I've said elsewhere, reading her essays is a bit like reading a rarefied version of my own life. I put her in whatever category it is that also holds Emily Gould: a smart young(ish)
A central plot device/metaphor in this book involves an over-the-top costume jewelry necklace ("the Starlite Express") whose magnetic clasp is not up to the task of supporting the overly extravagant and weighted, rough-edged, unprocessed ornaments the necklace's iconoclastic, self-centered designer insists on hanging upon it. The dreamy necklace thus sheds, rejects, its wearer.

Similarly, the designer insists on using cloisonné -- (please bear with me on the QVC jewelry show talk here) -- insists
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
I love her essays/humor, and after this novel I think she should stick to that. It was lifeless and trite and I cared very little about her characters. The only pleasing parts were when her wry and quick humor showed through. I won't be recommending it, unlike I Was Told There Would Be Cake (which was wonderful). ...more
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Crosley’s writing is the gem of this novel with her constant wit that had me laughing out loud (which isn’t an easy fete with me). As someone in her late twenties, I found the main characters relatable and sympathetic in their own, individual ways, as they reflect this time in our lives when we begin to question our self-purpose and what people we choose to remain in touch with from our younger years. The plot does drag at times, but the writing is so beautiful and spot on that I kept turning th ...more
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Ugh. A group of college friends, sociopaths, meet up again for a fancy rain-soaked wedding in FancyLand and the group’s luckless misanthrope, I’ve forgotten his name already, stumbles drunkenly into the matriarch’s bedroom and gets a tour of her jewels (not a euphemism) and is told a story of a mysterious necklace that is so compelling that he takes his last nickels and heads to Europe to find this sure-thing bundle of gems. Meanwhile, his best gal pal from college who he’s desperate for, is als ...more
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Kezia, Nathaniel and Victor were really good friends in college, but then they graduated, moved to different cities and started to drift apart. Many years later, they’re reunited at the wedding of another college friend. At this wedding, Victor accidentally falls asleep in the groom’s mother’s bedroom. When he comes to, the groom’s mother has discovered him; the two of them start conversing and she reveals a family secret, telling him a story about a long-lost necklace. Victor decides t
Oct 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm definitely not the target audience for this book. I personally found the story and characters silly and pretentious. I think younger people would like it more then I did. ...more
Jenny Shank
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dallas Morning News, 10 October 2015 07:28 PM

In Sloane Crosley’s debut novel The Clasp, sad-sack Adrien Brody look-alike Victor Wexler has lost his job as a “mid-level data scientist” at, “the Internet’s seventh-largest search engine.” Victor tells no one about his layoff and retreats into his New York apartment, “where so many hours were spent alone, plowing through toilet paper because his prime toilet hours were on his own dime now.”

The last time I lost a job, I spent my newly fo
Christie Ralston
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was ok
Five years ago I happened upon Crosley's "I Was Told There'd Be Cake" and loved it. Her voice was so sharp and clear in it. I still pick it up from time to time. So when I heard she was publishing her first novel I was so excited. Unfortunately, after getting around 50 pages into it, the book was nowhere close to living up to my expectations.

The story centers around three college friends meeting up years after graduation, first for a glamorous wedding and then by chance (kind of) in France on a
Nov 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was disappointed with this novel probably because my expectations were off based on what I'd heard about it. Maybe it isn't the worst book of the year if I didn't expect something different. I expected more literary fiction because of the link to Maupassant but it is cheap chick lit. I knew it was a problem when the short story, The Necklace, was described no fewer than six times throughout the book. Some lines are funny but I think a reader needs to be younger than 20 years old to care. It is ...more
Lisa Mcbroom
Oct 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was so disappointed. I adore the short story The Necklace and supposedly this played a part in this. Reallly all this is is a bunch of whiny unlikeable people chasing a necklace down in Paris. Don't waste your time like mine was wasted. ...more
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
It had potential but some plot lines seemed a bit rushed or not fully flushed out to me. I didn't love how the book ended, there wasn't enough resolution with multiple characters' development. ...more
Oct 31, 2015 rated it did not like it
I was so disappointed in this book. I thought I would be reading a witty mystery about three friends, whose lives haven't turned out as expected, banding together to find this special necklace.

It was not witty. It was not a mystery. They do not band together to find a necklace.

If you like books about people facing their failures while still maintaining a guise of success to those around them, then this book might interest you.

I found the alternating focus of each chapter on a different one of th
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Despite the fact that it’s utterly ridiculous at times, I really enjoyed this witty twenty-something self-examination/jewelry heist first novel of comic essayist (I Thought There’d Be Cake) Sloane Crosley. I liked the (mostly) fast pace, the made-for-movies snappy dialogue and the literary references. The characters have some minor realizations, which I think is more plausible than any major overhauls, and I liked their inner musings as they fumble their way to semi-adulthood.

One complaint, and
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, 2016
Tying a silly plot to a classic like Guy Maupassant's The Necklace doesn't make it any less silly. There is some enjoyable writing in The Clasp with lots of clever, funny lines but at the core the machinations of the plot are really quite dreadful. I enjoyed listening to the character's banter but as soon as I stopped to think about what they were all really doing it fell apart. It probably doesn't help that I recently read The Interestings which had the same banter/clever lines but with much mo ...more
Abandoned after over 100 pages. Self absorbed almost 30 somethings attending a college friend's wedding with snide, sexually graphic content. Mother-in-law's story about the missing necklace is the first time I was interested in possibly continuing, but then the content goes back to the former trend. Not for me and didn't want to read further.

New category needed - post college coming-of-age?
Ali Meade
Sep 14, 2015 rated it liked it
The self absorbed characters in this book really annoyed me
Becky Durstenfeld
Dec 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
I did not like anything about this book. I was quite disappointed as it sounded like a fun read. As another reviewer said, I am obviously not the target audience, being a 60 year old women who has "old fashioned" ideas about morality. I did not like any of the main characters who were immature, shallow, self-centered, discontent, foul-mouthed, often drunk and sexually promiscuous. The book was so full of filthy language and sexual references. She also used words and acronyms that I didn't know, ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
huh. weird, very disjointed for the first like, 2/3. still engaging though. More like a 3.5
Nathaniel is an LA-living wannabe comedy writer whom Crosley paints as lovable despite his utter lack of redeeming qualities, Keziah is a NYC-living designer's assistant who spends so much time inspecting other people's lives that she is incapable of realizing how much she hates her own, and Victor is a mentally ill unemployed man who goes to Paris to find a necklace that a dying old woman told him a story about. This seems designed to be a tongue-in-chic portrayal of three former college friend ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Maybe I'm just a sucker for novels that talk about people like me at exactly the moment I'm living in my life... and I'm also a sucker for sassy, witty writing...

All in all, I really enjoyed this. It's not perfect, it's not even all that spectacular - but it felt like the kind of novel I wanted it to be. The English major in me loved it, as did the 27-yr-old BC grad who has known his wacky friends for (nearly) ten years now.

In all seriousness, I can't imagine that all of these connections and t
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. The weird thing for me with this book was how little I care for the story that inspired it, Guy de Maupassant's The Necklace. That famous tale is essentially an account of vapid people doing stupid things, to their own detriment, exactly the kind of thing I have little patience for (looking at you, Fates And Furies.) But Sloane Crosley's The Clasp is hilarious and heartfelt, and while her characters are far from perfect, they are also, at least, struggling towards the self-awareness t ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Sloane Crosley has a fun and enjoyable writing style but in the end there's just not much substance to this novel. The real driving force of the novel is Crosley's sharp commentary on contemporary culture and work and what we expect from our friendships as we get older. Those elements I found very poignant. But none of that has much to do with the characters or the plot. It doesn't feel like very much is at stake for any of the characters; none of them undergoes any significant transformation; I ...more
Nov 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book. I really did. I'm a sucker for a reunion story and this is a reunion story for the most part. A bunch of characters who went to college together reunite at a wedding and what happens at the wedding sets off a chain of events that leads them to France to look for a necklace. But this just didn't gel together for me. I didn't understand what was motivating the character of Victor to do what he was doing. There were a bunch of minor characters from college and I couldn't ...more
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was worth the library wait. It initially caught my eye because it came in so many bright colors. And I'm glad it did. Victor, Kezia, and Nathaniel were fully realized, interesting characters. They felt completely and utterly real, as did their relationships. Add to that a mysterious literary jewelry search, and the novel becomes bizarre and fantastical all the while being rooted in a world we recognize, populated by people we know and maybe are.

I look forward to Crosley's next work!
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Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A laugh-out-loud funny-but-still=poignant story about expectations, old friends, and how adulting is hard.
Okay, so here is why I don't tend to read a lot of Literary Fiction by Well Reviewed Whites, and when I do engage, I have mixed feelings about it.

So being 30 and just enough away from high school and away from college to have Thoughts and Feels about it, this was totally the book for me, and I think it's kind of spot on for that sort of post-college, millennial feel. The book is third person, alternating three different perspectives, and the protagonists and their friends are fully fleshed out a
Trevor  Klundert
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Where do I begin? The good: At its best moments, the author's observant eye on modern life shines can tell this eye is what made her a success with her non-fiction books. That's about it for the good and it is so few and far between strapped down by a momentum-less plot that I questioned quitting the novel several times. The premise sounded great: college friends go to a wedding, one of the friends learns about a hidden necklace in France, and jewelry heist ensues. Reader be warne ...more
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Sloane Crosley is the author of the New York Times bestsellers I Was Told There'd Be Cake (a Thurber Prize finalist) and How Did You Get This Number. The Clasp is her first novel. A frequent contributor to The New York Times, she lives in Manhattan.

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