Age Group: Adult
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.
Summary from Goodreads
I want to hug this book. I want to hug Rainbow Rowell for writing this book. And then I want to tell everybody to go read this book.
Not sure if I'm being clear, but I really loved this book.
Thing #1 That I Loved: the characters. They all have their baggage- Lincoln, Beth, and Jennifer- but they also all have such good hearts. That plus their whip smart dialogue really endeared them to me (I even laughed out loud a few times). Their lives are realistically messy and complicated, which allows for them to really grow throughout the book.
And then there's the supporting cast. Lincoln's mom, his sister, Doris, Chris, Greg, Christine- some of them I just love. Some of them are exasperating. Some of them I despise. But they are all complex, fleshed-out characters. Even the characters who fall in the despicable category have redeeming, sympathetic sides.
Basically, the characters bring Attachments to life.
Thing #2 That I Loved: the setting. Attachments is set in 1999, right on the cusp of the technological era. There's also the Y2K scare (which for teen readers delving into this adult book may require a quick Google search, but they can figure out what it is from context clues) and this really adds to the atmosphere. But the best part is the workplace of The Courier. Not only is it so easy to picture, but it's just the right size- small enough that the reader is dying for Lincoln and Beth to properly meet (because it could happen any second), but large enough that the reader understands when they don't.
Thing #3 That I Loved: the set-up. The combination of Lincoln's story and Beth and Jen's emails make the book such a quick read. You can tear through chapters easily, which is super fun (but also makes for some late just-one-more-chapter nights). Also, Rainbow Rowell is seriously talented in that you're able to really get a feel for Beth and Jen's characters through relatively short emails.
The Thing About Recs: I'd recommend Attachments to a lot of people, but also teens who liked Lauren Myracle's ttyl series (and who are looking for Adult books to read), and fans of the movie You Got Mail. (Who isn't a fan of that movie, though?)
The Thing About Writing This Review: I don't know if I'm fully conveying the awesomeness that is Attachments, but it's seriously just a feel-good, wonderful read. It's sometimes challenging to explain why you love a book, but in case I haven't made this clear: I really, really, really like Attachments. Really.
A Quote from the Book: "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.)"
Oh, and a story.
This review comes with a quick story. I volunteer at my town's library each week and last time I was there, I was alphabetizing the Adult Fiction cart. A woman came up to me, asking me if I'd read anything really good on the cart (but she actually said if I'd read anything on the cart that had made me go "wow," so I knew she was a book lover). I had just started sorting them, so I hadn't seen many of the books that were on the cart yet, but I just happened to be returning Attachments that day. So I told her the plot summary and darted off to get it from my bag. She seemed really excited to read it and said that she'll tell me what she thinks when she's done! Fingers crossed that she is going to be a new Attachments fan!
Ok, end story.
Do you have trouble articulating why you love a book?