Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Release Date: April 14, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Genre: Adult Contemporary
ISBN: 978-0525951988
Source: Bought
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“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…?

This was such an entertaining read. Filled with such fun, three dimensional characters and real relationships, covering the highs and lows of the friendship between Beth and Jennifer with Lincoln the fly on the wall to it all. I admit, I wasn’t as engrossed in the story during Lincoln’s POV after awhile but Beth and Jennifer were firecrackers and highly amusing to read.

And as funny as these two were, there were very tender moments between the two as one, married, got pregnant and the other, in a dysfunctional relationship is envious of her best friend who seems to have it all together. So, this is a light and fun read but it holds just the right balance between highly amusing and goose bump raising while showing how true, how honest people can be when they’re willing to be.

I know it’s January but Attachments is the perfect beach read. I’m not a romantic so I especially love how the relationship between Lincoln and one of the ladies unfolded. It was more about connecting to another human being than being caught up in the physical so I appreciated this a lot more than most books with a romantic feel.

Can’t forget to mention what a throwback it was going back to 1999 and 2000. That was fun. A time capsule that I am so happy to have on my shelf. Well. I have the kindle version so I can’t wait to get a hardcover copy to put on my shelf. Anyway, as someone who highly considered becoming a journalism major when I was in high school (until my journalism teacher wisely advised me not to), I loved the newsroom setting. I felt right at home. The home I always wanted and never had haha.

Anyway, this was great. The characters. The setting. The story. The structure, going back and forth between Beth and Jennifer’s emails to Lincoln as he goes throughout his life in between reading those emails… it was all very captivating. So if you’re looking for a romcom that is just as much a story about friendship, here you go!

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