“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 . . . ?
I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing. I love her quirky characters and the amount of heart that her other books have. That being said, I am disappointed to say that I didn’t love Attachments. I wasn’t head-over-heels the way I was with her other books. I liked it, but it felt like something was missing for me.
One thing that I really liked about this book was the banter and conversation between Beth and Jennifer. They were really easy to read about, even though the format in which their scenes were written in was slightly difficult for me to follow for a while. Beth and Jennifer were funny, they genuinely cared about one another, and they seemed like characters who if I knew them in real life, I could be friends with. They were what kept me reading. Beth and Jennifer made me laugh, cry, and reminded me of myself and my best friend.
On the other hand, Lincoln creeped me out and I genuinely felt bad for him. It wasn’t that he read the email conversations between Beth and Jennifer… that was his job, it was the fact that he fell in love with Beth through reading her email. He came across as an extremely naive, inexperienced person when it came to both relationships and interacting with other people in general. For me, his saving grace was his friendship with Doris, an older woman who he worked with. She was spunky and gave Lincoln the companionship and confidence he needed to actually grow up and experience the life that he was letting pass him by. Quite honestly my main problem with this novel was Lincoln. While he did grow and change over the course of the book (which I am thankful for), I couldn’t get over how pathetic he seemed in the beginning of the novel.
Reading Attachments made me feel like I was emailing my best friend. Rainbow Rowell has written a funny and engaging glimpse into office life.
4 / 5 Stars