Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail. But the women still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period.

When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he’d be sifting through other people’s inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help but be entertained-and captivated- by their stories.

But by the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you.” After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart . . . even if he can’t see exactly where it’s leading him.

Written with whip-smart precision and charm, Attachments is a strikingly clever and deeply romantic debut about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Even if it’s someone you’ve never met.

I liked this one, it is an easy and charming read. I did feel like it took to long to reach a certain climax. When it did, it was subtle and not really too dramatic. It is Lincoln’s story, more than Beth’s or Jennifer’s. I liked reading Beth and Jennifer’s e-mails, I could definitely relate with my own e-mails and Skype sessions with co-workers.

Lincoln was… well, I felt like I wanted to give him a big hug and let him know that everything will be okay. He was a very likable character and I really felt bad for him when his ex-gf Sam strung him along and then left him broken.

I thought that the climax being too close to the end was a bit rushed. Like, we weren’t given a glimpse of how Beth and Lincoln’s relationship fared in the real world, apart from how their parents liked both, I wanted to see how they interacted. It felt like and then they met and everything became perfect forever, the end.

‘Twas an easy read. So 3 out of 5 stars.


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