Thursday, May 1, 2014

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Release Date: March 27, 2012

Publisher: Plume

Pages: 323

Received: Library

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

                      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:

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This is Rainbow Rowell’s first novel, so I didn’t go into it expecting too much. But this was entertaining and fairly enjoyable! I loved that Rowell took a lot of cliche components– a not too young, but not too old guy that has an unbareable job, still lives with his mom, bad breakup, old lady friend, a makeover, and an apartment. And make a legitimate story of all these traits, and make it happen!

 Here she gives us Lincoln– a smart antisocial who can be cute and a gentlemen, who hates socializing and relationships, and loves Dungeons and Dragons and computers. I wouldn’t exactly say it was a “coming of age” type of novel, but there was some character development in his character.

The book stands as somewhat boring, (but don’t fret it was SO cute) but Jennifer and Beth’s emails made the plot more quirky and more “chick lit”. Sometimes I felt really sorry for Lincoln and didn’t think his path of life was working.

My overall on the book was the friendships and the hardships of the characters. We are given the relationship of Jennifer and Beth, two newspaper writers who email about their personal lives, inside jokes, and whatever a best friend woman relationship is all about! Lincoln has been monitoring their emails and not reporting them. I have this little understanding with Lincoln when he did this, because if my life was has boring and bland as his, I’d still read them (even though it’s invading privacy). 

This book is that feeling of reassurance and coincidental miracles. You could reread it a few times and have the rush of cuteness going through your veins. It is a light, fluffy read that would be best for readers of chick lit and romance.


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