Thursday, January 30, 2014

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

"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 . . . ?
Apparently I have been in a Rainbow Rowell mood or maybe it's that when you read one or two great books by an author you just want to read everything that have. Or at least that is true for me. So Attachments is actually Rowell's first book and it's an adult book. At first I wasn't sure but then about half way through I knew I was going to love this book.

Lincoln is an odd character. He is sort of lost in life after spending 10 years getting various degrees and finally deciding to get out and get a job. He moves back home with his doting mother and gets a job in the IT department of a newspaper where part of his job is reading flagged emails during the night shift. Jennifer and Beth are best friends who work for the newspaper and they spend a lot of time emailing each other so there messages get flagged. Lincoln slowly becomes vicariously involved with them and, though he knows he should, he doesn't stop reading their e-mails. But when Beth notices him, Lincoln finds himself changing his life for the better bases on some of her observations. I love how he grows and becomes more aware of what he wants in his adult life based partly on what he is reading and how he becomes a stronger person for it. Beth and Jennifer are pretty funny and there are some poignant moments in their lives, all told through email. It's funny the things they say about Lincoln without knowing who he is and how much of their own lives they share.


  1. I loved this one. I love all the back and forth, pop culture, and true feelings in the emails. It was a blast.

  2. I enjoyed both Eleanor & Park and Fangirl immensely. Therefore, I too want to read everything Rowell writes. I do admit that I've been so immersed in YA that I was initially concerned that I might not like Attachments (I still haven't read it yet), just because it's an "adult" book. But I'd hate for someone to use the same excuse in reverse.


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