Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Also by this author: Fangirl, Carry On
Published by Plume
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Read in: December 15th, 2014
Source: Personal Collection
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"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . "
From the award-winning author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Landline comes a hilarious and heartfelt novel about love in the workplace.
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 have read really good things about Rainbow Rowell so I knew had to read one of her books eventually. Starting Attachments I didn’t know if it was going to be cute and romantic or kind of creepy. I am not sure how I would feel to know someone is reading all my emails. I mean, that is Lincolns job but he takes it a little far when Beth and Jennifer’s email gets flagged. The verdict was a little of both.
Lincoln, a late twenty-something school junky who lives with his mom and is still getting over a college breakup isn’t quite sure what he is going to do with his life. He just got a great paying job at the paper checking flagged emails and issuing warnings. He works late nights but the job is simple and most of the time Lincoln doesn’t have much to do. Then Beth and Jennifer get flagged and Lincolns job becomes a lot more interesting in a way.
I will admit if it was my job of course I would have no qualms of going over the email but Lincoln doesn’t issue a warning and things become a bit dicey. He starts looking out for their emails and looks forward to reading them instead of warning them about using their email for personal uses. I will also admit that the thought of getting to read everyone’s email would seem fairly entertaining but once realizing how personal they are being I wouldn’t be able to continue. It would feel inconsiderate and creepy (sorry can’t find another word to use). Negative points for how long he lets it continue but bonus points for Lincoln realizing just how crazy it is.
Lincoln is a really good person. As you get to know him through his interactions with his mom, his sister, his D&D friends, Justin, and Doris it is easy to like him. I loved that Doris become his lunch buddy. He is a very kind person and a little lost on what he wants to do next. He can’t live with his mom forever (although she would force him to if she could) and he isn’t all that social in certain setting even when he tries to be. He can be a bit awkward. When I am not wanting to ask him “What do you think you are doing! Go talk to her like a normal person and stop reading that,” I am really rooting for him to find what he isn’t sure he is looking for and get his girl (any girl).
The stars of this story though have to be Beth and Jennifer in my eyes. My favorite parts were their emails and I wish I could have gotten even more of them. Through their descriptive emails to each other you could really get a sense of their lives. Those two were so funny. They were some of the most real characters I have seen. Their emails feel realistic. They feel like people I would know. Just like Lincoln I wanted to read through the good and the bad. It is easy to see why he falls for Beth. She is pretty awesome.
Overall, Attachments was an enjoyable read. It had some great parts but I found it very slow at times. I couldn’t rampage through it. It only held my attention for short intervals so it took me longer to read but it was still worth finishing.