May 29, 2013

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Description: 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.

My Review: I loved Eleanor and Park, so I was interested in reading something else by Rainbow Rowell. (Plus, I thought the cover of Attachments was really cute, so I couldn't resist checking it out.) I had high expectations, and Attachments definitely did not disappoint! I enjoyed reading a book set in the '90s, and it was kind of funny to think back to all the panic about Y2K. I liked that the story was told in alternating chapters. The email exchanges from Beth and Jennifer were mixed in with chapters from Lincoln's point of view. This style of storytelling kept me reading because as soon as I read an email exchange, I wanted to read on to find out what Lincoln thoughts. I thought the characters were believable and their relationships felt very real.

Check this one out if you're a fan of romantic comedies or if you're just looking for a witty, charming story! I'll be reading more from this author in the future.


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