In the Bag by Kate Klise
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 style. But there was something about the woman in 6-B that could not be ignored. Of course, now he has no time to think about her, since his son Webb seems to have made off with a budding fashionista’s luggage.
Determined to make the best of a bad situation, Daisy cooks up a plan to calm her daughter’s panic over the lost bag with a week of fabulous food, shopping, and museum hopping. Andrew is busy woking on his latest project and hoping Webb finds enough to entertain himself. Little do they know the teens are making their own plan. . . one that will ultimately reunite Ms. 6-B and Mr. 13-C.
My thoughts: Ahhh. A relaxing, fun read. No allegories or metaphors (unless you count that awful song which I miss the meaning even now. Also, why would anybody leave a cake out in the rain and would someone really go crazy and segue into disco? I think not). Point of View changes quickly and you might get a little whiplash with the change but it definitely can't be told any other way.
Every character provides a different perspective and interpretation. In fact, misunderstandings are rampant, not unlike real life. I can attest to two POV being quite accurate; Coco and Daisy. I can totally understand Coco "knowing" she has turned Webb off because he saw her old, pink bra in the duffle bag. Because I have been a shallow teenager and would be caught up in that red herring. Also, Daisy simply does not understand her daughter's angst. She doesn't understand why her daughter is so emotional and irritating. She concludes that she definitely needs a vacation but she needs a vacation from Coco. She's a bad mom. What kind of mother wishes for time away from their beloved child? (Answer: a normal one).
It was fun, awkward, embarrassing, and heartwarming. I want to read it again.
*I received a free copy of this book from publishing company in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.