I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Clutch: A Novel by Lisa Becker
on October 26th 2015
Genres: Women's Fiction
clutch: a novel is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.
I had the pleasure of beta read part of this story and, besides being honoured to have been asked such task, I really thought that the concept of comparing men to handbags was very interesting.
Caroline is a single handbag designer in LA who goes through a series of disastrous relationships that she compares to various styles of handbags in search of the “clutch” or one that fulfills her aunt’s advice: find something you love and hold onto it. While she jumps from a messenger bag to a wallet, and from a Demi-bag to a briefcase, she leans onto her best friend Mike for moral support. I really enjoyed their banter and the way he was understandably protective of her. The only downside for me was that I felt the ending to be too rushed and I was a little disappointed.
Overall, I really enjoyed this story, it’s refreshing and it kinda gives you the hope that your “clutch” is out there somewhere, just waiting to be found!