Book Reviews

Attachments by: Rainbow Rowell

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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. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

“Do you believe in love at first sight? I don’t know, he said. Do you believe in love before that?”

This is the first book I have read by Rainbow Rowell and I am hooked! What a fantastic and original idea for a story. The fact that Rainbow Rowell likened Lincoln to resemble Jason Bateman is a plus! 🙂 The book switches back and forth between Lincoln’s POV and Beth and Jennifer’s work emails. It flows seamlessly and you are engrossed completely in the story without the sneaky ploy of using violence, sex, or major cliffhanging drama. How refreshing! 🙂

The emails between Beth and Jennifer are not only serious and personal. When gossiping or engaging in “water cooler talk”, they are hilarious and quite accurate!

“Oh, I love period dramas, especially period dramas starring Colin Firth. I’m like Bridget Jones if she were actually fat.”
“Oh… Colin Firth. He should only do period dramas. And period dramas should only star Colin Firth. (One-star upgrade for Colin Firth. Two stars for Colin Firth in a waistcoat.)
“Keep typing his name, even his name is handsome.”

“Jennifer to Beth: Ech. I don’t like Tom Cruise.
Beth to Jennifer: Me neither. But I usually like Tom Cruise movies.
Jennifer to Beth: Me too… Huh, maybe I do like Tom Cruise. But I hate feeling pressured to find him attractive. I don’t.
Beth to Jennifer: Nobody does. It’s a lie perpetuated by the American media. Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts.
Jennifer to Beth: Men don’t like Julia Roberts?
Beth to Jennifer: Nope. Her teeth scare them.
Jennifer to Beth: Good to know.”

This is a light and honest love story with no major drama just great, well developed characters, witty conversations, real friendships and relationships.  I only wish there was more to read!! I felt like it ended too soon, just when there was a major turning point. An author told me lately that when you feel that way it means you connect with the characters, which is a powerful thing and why you read in the first place.

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