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Book: Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell
Published: 14th April 2011
Genre: Adult Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Page Count: 323
Goodreads Rating: 3.97
Synopsis (from Goodreads)
“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your email and also, I love you…”
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work email. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take is seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious emails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now – reading others people’s email. 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 realises he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say…?
Lincoln is an internet security officer and its his job to read everyone who works at the newsroom’s email. He is a funny, nerdy, dorky and extremely relatable character. I did become a little bit frustrated with him at times, when he knew what he needed to do or what he wanted and wouldn’t do anything about it. Overall he was a realistic and kind of adorable narrator.
Beth and Jennifer are two best friends, who both work at the same company as Lincoln. Lincoln meets them through their email exchanges about all the personal details of their lives. Both of these characters are funny and sarcastic and smart. Reading their emails to each other were the highlight of the book for me.
The actual plot of this book was fairly slow-paced and was more about the development of the characters than anything else, which is something I’ve really been enjoying lately. The book starts with Lincoln hating his job and being miserable. He reads Beth and Jennifer’s emails and chooses not to turn them in, because he finds them funny and sees their exchanges as innocent enough. You then start to see him slowly fall for one of the girls and struggle to turn his life around. You also get to experience Beth and Jennifer changing within themselves and within their relationships. The book is set in 1999, with the Y2K bug being a kind of subplot to the whole story. This book is classic, beautiful Rainbow in both its simplicity as well as its ability to leave you completely heartbroken for the characters.
This book is kind of split into two. The chapters alternate between Beth and Jennifer’s email conversations and third person following Lincoln’s point of view. May I just say, Rainbow is a legend at writing conversations and exchanges. It makes me so happy. All around Rainbow’s writing is realistic and relatable, while being both completely hilarious and heartbreaking. She’s my favourite author for a reason. This isn’t my favourite book of hers (from what I’ve read so far) but I still really enjoyed it. I will read anything she writes, as I’ve said before.
This book was beautiful and entertaining and all around a joy to read. The characters were hilarious and relatable. The plot was realistic, but super intriguing. The writing style was beautiful, classic Rainbow. I’m so glad this author is a part of my life. I would recommend this to someone who has never read a book, by Rainbow Rowell before, as I think this would be a good place to start. Also, to anyone who is a fan of Rowell and hasn’t yet read it. If you are in the mood for a cute, (mostly) lighthearted realistic fiction or romance, this is a fun, quick read.
Have you read this book yet? What do you think of it? Do you agree or disagree with anything I’ve said?
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