In the Bag: A Novel

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Overview

A European vacation. A luggage mix-up. A note from a secret admirer.

Meet two single parents who think they're too busy to date.
And two teenagers who can't stop writing flirty emails.
This is a tale of ...

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Overview

A European vacation. A luggage mix-up. A note from a secret admirer.

Meet two single parents who think they're too busy to date.
And two teenagers who can't stop writing flirty emails.
This is a tale of connections—missed and made—in a universe that seems to have its heart set on reuniting Ms. 6B and Mr. 13C.

Webb
I can't believe I picked up the wrong bag at the airport. My dad is never going to let me hear the end of it.

Coco
I don't understand why Mom told me to pack my worst underwear. And now I've lost my bag? Ack!

Andrew
I cannot stop thinking about that woman in seat 6B on the flight to Paris.

Daisy
I don't have time to worry about the creep sitting in 13C who slipped a note in my purse. I have to find my daughter's missing bag before this ruins our vacation.

In the Bag is a smart and stylish story that explores the old-fashioned art of romance in a modern world, where falling in love can be as risky as checking a bag on an international flight. Buckle your seat belt—it's going to be a bumpy vacation!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Klise takes a break from her bestselling children’s books for her first foray into adult fiction. This lively love story is told through four voices—those of star chef Daisy Sprinkle; her precocious 18-year-old daughter, Coco; the art installation designer Andrew Nelson; and his 17-year-old son, Webb, a computer geek. Traveling separately on the same flight to Paris with their kids, Andrew is immediately smitten with Daisy, but is too shy to chat with her, so he slips a note in her purse in hopes that she’ll e-mail him. Unfortunately, her response reveals that she found his behavior “completely unacceptable.” But Coco’s lost suitcase, mistakenly swapped with Webb’s at the airport, connects the teens, and through attempts to be reunited with their luggage, they start an online flirtation. Coincidentally, Andrew and Daisy cross paths and the sparks fly, while their kids’ clandestine rendezvous ends awkwardly. Klise’s portrait of modern romance is infused with the trappings of a digitized world, and while she wraps up all the loose ends too swiftly, the brisk pace will keep readers happily engaged. Agent: Kelly Siegel, Michael Siegel & Associates. (May)
Booklist
“…charming. Klise’s debut is light and romantic and will go down as sweetly as a glass of champagne.”
SheKnows
“Readers will love the breezy nature of this book and will stay up late to discover whether these characters find love, which makes it a must-read for us.”
Examiner.com
“For those who enjoy Claire Cook and other writers of light women’s fiction, this book really hits the spot.”
The Examiner/Boulder Books
“If you like chick-lit, or novels like Daniel Handler’s “Why We Broke Up”, you will want to give this easy read a try.”
Tampa Examiner
A “Best Summer Beach Read” & “Fast-paced, quick-witted”
New York Journal of Books
“Reading In the Bag is like taking a bite of fluffy pink cotton candy . . . Stash it in a beach bag for a quick, weightless summer read.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062108050
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 779,833
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 6.96 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

As a correspondent for People magazine, Kate Klise covered everything from celebrity scandals to serial killers. After writing several bestselling children's books, Kate decided to write In the Bag, her first novel for adults, when she found a note from a fellow passenger in her carry-on bag.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted May 16, 2012

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    Fabulous Fun and Lots of Laughs!

    Okay, so I'm a 30-something single mom of 2 boys, not yet teenagers but they both think they're 40. This book really hit home with me as a single parent and kept me hooked from first page to last. I really loved the writing style that Ms. Klise uses, telling the story between four alternate points of view. The four characters are wonderfully created and really capture the readers attention with their comedic ways! I really enjoyed travelling to Paris, Madrid and Barcelona with this 4 amazing characters. Daisy Sprinkle, who gets wine spilled on her by a stranger on her flight. Andrew Nelson, said stranger and writer of a secret admirer note that Daisy is so not impressed with. Webb Nelson, Andrew's 17 year old son who, upon arrival in Madrid, realizes that he does not wear bras and panties so he must have the wrong bag. Coco Sprinkle, Daisy 18 year old soon-to-be-college-student-wanna-experience-life daughter who realizes that she must have some grungy guys bag when they arrive in Paris. That alone is enough to keep the reader hooked and laughing. But it's what happens after all this happens that really takes the reader for a fun, exciting, whirlwind ride! Coco and Webb plot to return their bags to each other after Webb finds Coco's email address. Their emails are quite funny and very sweet between two teens who are very inexperienced in the dating world! Daisy meets Andrew in Madrid when she is recruited by her dear friend, Solange, to cater to the art display she's hosting. Little did Daisy know that Andrew is the man she emailed after receiving an admirer note that left her reeling! I will stop there. I'll give the plot away with what happens to them all and I don't spoil it for anyone! I will tell you that this summer, you need to sit back, relax, and take a trip to Paris (and Madrid!)(and Barcelona!) with this fun loving characters. You'll be swept off your feet by the wit and charm that flows from these sweet characters and you'll learn that parenting isn't always easy, but that you need to relax and go with the flow. I definitely recommend this book with 5 Books, two thumbs up, hats off and so much more! It is a fast paced read-short chapters, each one told from a character's point of view. You'll laugh and you'll....well, laugh! Ms. Klise has done a wonderful job at creating this light, airy novel and I am highly anxious to see what she releases next for her new grownup fans!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Amazing

    Beautiful, a perfect love story. Possibly the best book i have read, and i have read quite a few. This is kind of book that makes you read on. It takes a fabulous writer to write like this. Kate Klise has it " in the bag" :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    A cute story about mixed up luggage and notes. It was a quick r

    A cute story about mixed up luggage and notes. It was a quick read and I just couldn't stop so I finished it in 2 days. Ms Klise should write more adult novels!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    RISE UP

    SE-X IS NOT GOOD FOR YOUR SYSTEM PLEASE DO NOT HAVE SE-X. THERE ARE WEBSITES FOR THAT! DROP IT AND LEAVE.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    To to girls

    I do~imari

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    To anyone

    Does anyone want to chat? Antonia

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2013

    To girls

    Im a guy if you want a cock

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    To Kate

    Lets go to result 5.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

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    The best book I have ever read

    I loved this book. I finished it in one day. The characters and the plot were fantastic. I highly recommend this book--it was the best book I have read in such a long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Below

    Mean relly the girls fall all over me but the other guys like me don't even notice!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    A shorter read. A sweet fun story of love and confusion. Parent

    A shorter read. A sweet fun story of love and confusion. Parenting
    struggles. Teenager struggles. Life and love struggles. I liked it very
    much. Would be a perfect travel book. ""The desire to be
    desired by one you desire."" Very enjoyable reading.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    Really enjoyed this book! Great light-hearted, summer read. Take

    Really enjoyed this book! Great light-hearted, summer read. Take with you to the beach, back porch, or coffee shop. Loved it!

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  • Posted May 5, 2012

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    Based on a true life circumstance that provided her with the inc

    Based on a true life circumstance that provided her with the incentive to write this amazing novel, Kate Klise takes readers from two different generations along on a world wind trip to Paris and Madrid in In The Bag.

    As two unlikely passengers boarding a flight to Paris, Daisy Sprinkle, sitting in first class and having a complimentary glass of wine, encounters through a bump of fate, Andrew Nelson. He is the one who accidentally bumps her and causes her to spill her wine on her blouse while making his way to his assigned seat. As a stewardess sweeps in to take care of the crisis, he is reprimanded to find his seat now. Feeling less than a man, he hand writes a personal note of apology offering to replace the blouse, or have it cleaned. But much more than that, he would love to take her to dinner once they return from Paris if that's at all possible. He ends the note with his email address. While they are waiting for their baggage in Paris, he slips the note into her carry on and hopes that she will respond.

    Meanwhile, Coco, her daughter finds that she has retrieved the wrong duffel bag when they arrive at their apartment in Paris filled with a man's rumpled jeans, shirts and a well worn copy of Walden by Henry David Thoreau. What she soon realizes that someone else has her duffel bag filled with not only her clothes but also her worst underwear in it. Her mom advised her to pack her worst and they would buy new lingerie when they got to Paris and could throw the old stuff away.

    Webb realizes that he has the wrong duffel bag when he opens his to find nicely organized and packed women's clothes and bras and underwear that certainly don't belong to him. When he locates a luggage tag with an email address attached, he finds an internet cafe in Madrid and sets off to locate the person who's bag he has. Lucky for him, she responds quickly enough via email and they soon set off on a series of unexpected, cute and witty email messages while their parents attend to their jobs. What they both soon realize is that they have a lot in common and agree to meet somehow and exchange bags if only they can escape their parents.

    I received In The Bag by Kate Klise compliments of William Morrow, a division of Harper Collins Publishers for my honest review and LOVED it! It's like You Got Mail while traveling! This is such a cute love story that deal with two couples, Andrew and Daisy, and Coco and Webb, who soon realize that their ideas of romance and falling in love are much different that what they could ever hope to imagine. For Coco and Webb, they are part of the younger generation who text and email, while Andrew and Daisy come from a pre-digital generation of letter writers and simpler times. You can't help but smile after reading this novel told from four different points of view through the week they are traveling! A definite must read for the summer and one I highly recommend! This one is a 5 out of 5 stars!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

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