Author: Rainbow Rowell
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): 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 Summary: Beth and Jennifer have been best friends for years, so they don't hold back anything when they communicate by email. They talk about love, marriage, pregnancy, Beth's boyfriend, and just about everything in between. It's what they've done for years, and they're not about to stop now.
Lincoln was hired by a local newspaper to be in charge of IT -- too bad that means sitting at a desk for eight hours every night and snooping through people's emails. He hates his job... until he begins reading the emails between Beth and Jennifer. Through their emails, Lincoln gets to know these two women ... and starts to fall for Beth. And judging by her emails to Jennifer, Beth's may also be nursing a crush. But how can he explain why he knows so much about someone he's never actually met?
My Thoughts: Having read Rainbow Rowell's other two novels this year, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy of Attachments. Rainbow's writing never disappoints, and her stories are always engaging and easy to lose yourself in. I had high expectations when I picked up this novel, and it did not let me down.
Lincoln was a great character. More than a little broken, he comes off as someone who you couldn't help but like. I liked that we got more information about his past as we learned more about Jennifer and Beth - little tidbits were revealed as the story progressed, and you where never overwhelmed with too much characterization. Things flowed naturally, and the characters were very well-developed. It almost felt like a coming-of-age story at times - watching Lincoln pull his life together and getting over something he hadn't been able to let go of for years.
I loved the nineties pop culture references, and especially loved all the geek-isms of Lincoln and his friends.
Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend this novel to anyone looking for a unique, realistic contemporary read with a lot of humour and romance.