Review – Attachments by Rainbow Rowell



By Rainbow Rowell

Summary“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . ” Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke. When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories. By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself. What would he say . . . ?

Source: I purchased a kindle copy. 

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Rainbow Rowell is becoming a fast favorite author of mine. I didn’t think I’d like her style of quirky contemporary because I’m so picky about that sort of thing, but her adult books are just spectacular. Even better, they take place in the 90’s, so there’s something nostalgic about them that I just love! 

Attachments was a fun and unique type of novel. Beth and Jennifer sent each other emails at work right around the time the company warned them about key words being flagged. They made jokes and most of their emails were flagged as a result. Back then, it wasn’t such common knowledge that your emails would be monitored, so they didn’t think a human actually READ their emails. But Lincoln, who worked in IT was certainly the person who was reading them. He initially decided not to make a big fuss and not warn them, but then he realized he was enjoying himself and read the emails out of pure curiosity. To be fair, it sounds creepy, but their email exchanges were pretty hilarious. 

Attachments would made the perfect rom com movie because it was so much fun and yet it had those serious sweet moments, too. I really grew to care about all of the characters and genuinely wanted things to work out for all of them. It was so hilarious that Lincoln didn’t know who Beth was, but he realized her encounters with the Cute Guy in her email exchanges were her encounters with him, so it was this whole fun thing where you were rooting for the characters to finally meet and figure out who they were to each other. 

I highly recommend Attachments. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did, especially when it began as just emails back and forth. It didn’t take me very long at all to get into the story and love it. It’s definitely a fun read and I’m glad I picked it up. My favorite part of the book was when Lincoln was shopping in a video rental store and that just brought back memories of me doing the same thing on a weekend as a kid, hoping to run into your friends! And the Y2K scare. Oh, the nostalgia!

Star 4


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