Attachments {Book review}


Publish Date: April 14, 2014
Publisher: Plume
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pages: 336
Genres: Romance, Contemporary

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 . . . ? – Summary from Goodreads

**Thank you Netgalley and Plume for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review**

Let me start off by saying that I love Rainbow Rowell. If you don’t believe me, see my Fangirl review. Her writing is witty and funny and always feels familiar… not that I’m witty or funny but you know what I mean. This book, however, was a little boring sort of. *cringes* Dont kill me.

In Attachments, we’ve got duel perspectives. On one hand we have Lincoln, our 28-year-old computer geek who is also… ruggedly handsome(?){only in fiction}. He’s single, lives with his mother and works for a newspaper in the IT department. His job is to monitor emails that have been flagged for inappropriate language/context and to send out warning notices. On the other, we have Jennifer and Beth, two employees at said newspaper who have mucho emails flagged. They are the poster children of what NOT to email at work. {Side bar: back in the day, my best friend/co-worker and I used to joke about our emails being read at work. We eventually stopped emailing personal stuff for fear of the Lincolns lurking in IT. Guess we were right to stop!!! Who knew!? Besides NSA of course} Ps. Their chapters are written in email format, just so you know.

Anyway, upon reading the girls’ flagged emails, Lincoln develops a crush on one of the girls, Beth. But instead of sending warning emails, he just decides to invade their privacy some more and continues to read their conversations. This, of course, perpetuates his crush Beth. Then, Beth starts seeing a cute guy around work and developes a crush on him… who…wait for it… turns out to be Lincoln. SO! OKAY! We’ve got Lincoln crushing on Beth and then Beth crushing on Lincoln. You following me?

So you ask, what could possibly happen? PRACTICALLY NOTHING UNTIL LIKE THE LAST CHAPTER!!! It was boring-ish. It was just the same conversations {albeit hilarious} and lack of action for the majority of this book. If it weren’t for my love for Rainbow, then I might’ve given up on it. However, being the hopeless romantic that I am, I’m glad I stuck it out because it does end all happy and stuff. I especially liked this quote:

“I didn’t know love could leave the lights on all the time. Do you know what I mean?”

Yes, I do know what you mean. The light’s still on. That’s what love is… it’s constant. It’s to the moon and back. {I told you, hopeless} And love saved this book. For me, anyway. This book gets 3 solid stars bc a)Rainbow and 2)love. That’s it.

So, if you’re looking for a book that is full of wit and hilarious banter, has a happy ending and has likeable characters, then this is the book for you.


4 thoughts on “Attachments {Book review}

  1. I enjoyed this book but I couldn’t help but feel creeped out by the IT guy snooping on her and fancying her, it seemed a tad…stalker-ish. Took me a while to get around it and just appreciate the cute. I’ve not read any of her other work yet but want to

    • It was definitely creepy. And the way she just accepted it was strange to me. If you enjoyed this one then you’ll most definitely enjoy her others. I do love her writing style. It reminds me a little of John Green in a sarcastic bantery way.

      • Yeah definitley. I mean If some guy came upto me and went “hi I’ve been reading your company emails and I’m in love with you”, I’d probably be calling security/the police

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