Author: Rainbow Rowell
On the Shelves: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
““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 . . . ? “ (Goodreads 2014)
Well, I picked this up because of all the latest internet hype surrounding one Rainbow Rowell, but this book was actually on my goodreads tbr list two years ago- so I’ve wanted to read it for a while now. And let me say, it was brilliant. A lot of people have been saying Rowell’s books make you smile all the way through and “Attachments” is no exception.
You immediately get attached (OH HO!), just like Lincoln, to Beth and Jennifer’s hilarious e-mails to each other over the company system, and as you do, you become attached to Lincoln, you want him to somehow meet the girl he starts to like. You want everything to turn out right in the end, you want them to end up together. The book is set in 1999 which makes it all the more hilarious when you consider how advanced technology and the internet is nowadays, but the book itself, while full of comedy, has a lot of heart at it’s centre. And it’s the tricky topics that makes you grow to love the characters all the more. I had so much sympathy for Jennifer and I loved how she grew as a character over the course of the book despite her only being the “sidekick” character to the main love interests.
Rowell’s style reminded me a LOT of Sophie Kinsella, and that is no bad thing as Kinsella is one of my favourite authors, she has the right balance of witty and sensitivity around topics, and can easily juggle comedy and dramatic scenes without them being too cheesy.
I’m looking forward to reading the popular Eleanor and Park and Fangirl by this author and will definitely be getting them soon!