Clutch: A Novel
First, let me say that I love purses. So much so, that I actually had a problem. At one point, I had over 75 purses. From tiny, sparkly evening bags to giant canvas totes. And of course, more than a few clutches! Thanks to a couple of purges, I’ve gotten it down to about 25. But my love of all things purse is still going on strong. So, when Lisa Becker told me about her new novel, I was immediately interested. I really enjoyed her debut, Click: An Online Love Story, so I had no doubt I would dig her new book. It’s such a clever idea, too. And, somewhat sadly, I could far too easily relate to the heroine’s romantic trials. Maybe because we both live in Los Angeles? And, like Caroline, I have a really good male friend who gets to hear all about my dating disasters while offering a little insight into the mind of the modern man. Clutch is a light, quick read that will likely make you cringe at Caroline’s dating woes and hopefully laugh along the way. My only gripe is that I wanted more. I would have liked to see more of Caroline and her best friend Mike’s lives outside of their relationship dramas. Their careers, of course, play a role in the story, but I wanted to get more of a sense of the worlds that Caroline and Mike inhabited. Set mainly in Los Angeles, I was expecting a little more exposure to the sights and sounds of the City of Angels, which is a pretty interesting locale if you ask me. I also wanted a chance to see Caroline and Mike interacting more with other characters. It seemed like aside from their dates, they didn’t really have any other significant people in their lives. But, upon reflection, I think that may have been intentional, and you’ll just have to read the book to find out why! All in all, an entertaining, fast-paced journey of romance, friendship, and of course, the love purses.
In addition to her new book, clutch: a novel, Lisa Becker is the author of the Click Trilogy, a contemporary romance series comprised of Click: An Online Love Story, Double Click and Right Click. She’s written bylined articles about dating and relationships for “Cupid’s Pulse,” “The Perfect Soulmate,” “GalTime,” “Single Edition,” “Healthy B Daily” and “Chick Lit Central” among others. She lives in Manhattan Beach, California with her husband and two daughters. To learn more, visit www.lisawbecker.com.