“Attachments” by Rainbow Rowell

Quick Statistics

  • “Attachments” by Rainbow Rowell
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Read as an ebook.
  • 3/5 stars
  • Finished September 10, 2014

Official Synopsis

“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 . . . ?

My Thoughts/Summary

This book was our first book back after our book club hiatus, and I was glad it was something that was really readable.

I don’t mind sitting through books I don’t like as long as they’re readable (see Will Grayson Will Grayson), but I will say I had pretty high expectations for this book. One of my closest friends whose book recommendations I trust more than anything LOVES Rainbow Rowell, and has even said that Rowell is now her favorite author over John Green (which is saying something!)

While this book was pretty adorable, I expected more. I liked the characters, and absolutely adored the email format, and watching the friendship between the women happen, but Lincoln still struck me as kind of creepy? I also seemed to be the only one at book club who actually LIKED Beth’s boyfriend and maybe it’s because I cast him as Chris Pratt although apparently NO ONE ELSE DID.

Rowell’s writing is amazing, readable and relateable, and I loved Doris so very much, mostly because she reminded me of my grandmother whose name was also Doris. I loved the parts about Y2K, and I also loved that the book slowly made you invested in the characters. One particular part, was written so extremely beautifully, and made me realize how attached I actually was to these characters. I wanted to know more about Jennifer, I liked Beth and Lincoln, but Rowell left me wanting to know more about Jennifer and how her life turned out. How everything ended up with her husband and just…how her life is. I’m such a sucker though, in all honesty, for when writers aren’t afraid to write huge issues like the one she wrote for Jennifer, and watch as the characters grow around it.

I really loved the email format. I’d read a whole book in that type of format, and I did find that the alternating between email and narrative felt slightly jarring. This was Rowell’s first book, so I can only imagine that they keep getting better and better.

But really though, when did my standards get so high?

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2 thoughts on ““Attachments” by Rainbow Rowell

  1. Oh my god I only read 60 pages of this because I did NOT like it. From the little I read, I also liked Beth’s boyfriend. I also found Lincoln super creepy and thought that maybe the book would redeem him, but just couldn’t get past how creepy and awful he was. I just remember he kept saying terrible things about women and I remember him slut-shaming someone and I was like, wait am I supposed to be rooting for this guy at ALL?? Anyway, I DNFed this and back when I read Landline I only gave that 3 stars. I think Rowell does way better with YA/NA than with adult contemporary because I adored Fangirl and Eleanor & Park (although I also don’t remember when she wrote Landline, so maybe she’s just getting better with time!).

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