Book Reviews · Recommendations

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


By: Rainbow Rowell

Published: 2011
Published By: Dutton
Format Read: Trade Paperback, Library Book
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Rating: 3.5/5


“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 . . . ?


My Thoughts

Rainbow Rowell is an author I have been curious about after hearing a lot of rave reviews about her books. Although some of her more popular titles don’t interest me as much, the concept of Attachments caught my attention.

This is the first more current release that I’ve come across that is set on the cusp of the new millennium. It brought back memories of all the paranoia about what would happen when the clock struck midnight. I could also relate to the early days of the internet and embracing the new ways of communicating and gathering information.

For the most part I found this novel to be quite slow, although I did enjoy the tone and humor of Rainbow Rowell’s writing. It wasn’t until nearer to the end that I really started to realize how much I liked the main character Lincoln. In fact he might just be my new fictional crush.

I would recommend Attachments by Rainbow Rowell to fans of contemporary romance. 

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