Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

July 9, 2014 Book 21

Review: Attachments by Rainbow RowellAttachments by Rainbow Rowell
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
Published by Penguin on April 14th, 2011
Source: Netgalley, Own
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"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 . . . ?

“There are moments when you can’t believe something wonderful is happening. And there are moments when your entire consciousness is filled with knowing absolutely that something wonderful is happening.”

While reading Attachments, I knew something wonderful was happening. Attachments is at first a really weird book to wrap your head around. Someone reading my emails? That’s creepy! And yet, Rainbow Rowell beautifully writes this story in a way that you won’t be able to feel anything but love for Lincoln.

Speaking of, remember when I said Sam Roxton was the ultimate book boyfriend for me? Well, I’m pretty sure Lincoln is right up there as well. There was something about Lincoln that I absolutely fell for, and it wasn’t entirely because of his looks. (hehehe) Lincoln is in his mid 20’s with absolutely no idea what he wants to do with his life, and tons of college degrees because he could never decide on what to study. He lives with his mom and has an average and non-eventful life. LINCOLN IS THE MALE VERSION OF ME. I don’t know what to do with my life. I’m studying Chemistry, but when I finish doing that… WHAT THEN? I understood Lincoln and his wandering. I understood every decision he made because it felt like I was the one doing them. I loved Lincoln not because he was extremely attractive, but because he was so human, so vulnerable, so real, that I couldn’t help but loving him.

Beth is also such a refreshing character. We get to meet her through the emails Lincoln reads, and she is just so hilarious and headstrong! Her personality shone through each and every email, and I couldn’t wait for the next time we would be able to read more. Beth is hilarious when she needs to be, and isn’t afraid to say what thinks at any moment. Beth was so well developed, that I wouldn’t have minded only reading this book solely through the emails she exchanges with her best friend.

Speaking of, every other character in this book had such a unique personality! Even if they only had like 3 pages to themselves, you learned so much about them in that short time. They were so vital to the story, and each of them a different star that shone though at every possible moment.

The romance was perfectly done. It made me feel all happy and gooey on the inside. Seeing Lincoln slowly fall in love with Beth, and Beth falling for Lincoln as well was the perfect pick me up for the day. Not to mention the fact that they are so undoubtedly perfect for each other!

Overall, this Rainbow Rowell book is one you definitely shouldn’t pass up on. It doesn’t have nearly as much hype as it should, and if you’re looking for the perfect read, then definitely pick this book up!

Rating: 5 stars.

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I'm Marianne. Professional Fangirl, part-time Blogger. Full-time college student. GIFs are a natural part of my posts, so be warned. I LOVE reading, so definitely feel free to discuss books with me. Opinions are welcome.
  • I don’t think that there is a book that Rainbow Rowell will write that I won’t love, you know?? I’ve read all her books and loved them all. I have Landline on my shelf and I will read that soon too because I know the story will move me in some capacity. I loved ATTACHMENTS and I did rate it four stars but I still loved it and your review is spot-on!!! And I LOVE Lincoln…I thought he was all sorts of perfect!!! ♥

    • I’m glad you’ve loved all her books so far. The only one I didn’t agree with was Fangirl and still I rated it 4 stars. Lincoln is a dream ♥

  • Lincoln, Lincoln, Lincoln! I want to have my own Linc! (So do other girls!) This book was the best from Rowell for me. (Unless Landline surpasses Linc!) This was definitely a book that I will reread for the sake of the good feelings… ahhh!

    • I agree that this one was amazing. It even has a crossover appeal for both teens and adults. We all wish we had our own Linc ♥

  • I recently read another 5 review for one of Rainbow Rowell’s other books… If it was you, my bad. LOL I’m obviously missing out! Especially if Lincoln succeeded in surpassing Sam Roxton as your ultimate fictional bf!

    • Hahaha maybe not me… my only other 5-star review is for Eleanor & Park… and that was a long time ago. YES YES YES you should definitely read it. Lincoln is the best. ♥

  • I haven’t read this one yet! I’ve read E&P and Fangirl and I just ordered Landline, but I probably need to buy this one as well. I’ve heard really good things, although honestly, I wouldn’t expect anything less than great from Rainbow Rowell. She’s amazing and I would totally read her grocery list. Lincoln sounds sooo sweet! I need to meet him!

    • Rainbow has a wonderful way with words. You most definitely have to meet Lincoln! I ordered Landline, too, so hopefully it’s another good one.

  • I just read this a couple of weeks ago and I loved it too!!

  • I love reading books where I really really relate to a character. It’s pretty much, “Oh, the author must’ve popped into my head because they’ve written me onto the page.” x) I always get SO emotionally attached to those books! I REALLY want to read this one, even though I don’t read a lot of adult, but heeeey, after Fangirl? I’ll try anything Rainbow Rowell.

  • You know, this is the Rainbow Rowell book I most want to read. I’ve only read Fangirl, but I have this one and Eleanor & Park, and I’ve been saving this one in particular for when I’m either desperately sick of everything paranormal and need a reboot, or for when I just HATE everything. When either of those things happens, I have to bring out the big guns, and Marianne . . . you’re kind of making me wish one of those things was happening, LOL. Great review! I’m glad you LOVED it. I hope I will too ;)

    • LOL I totally get this. I have “pick me up” books as well. Is it mean to hope you get tired of other books so you can read this one? Hope you enjoy it when you actually do read it!

  • YEEESSS Linc is definitely my book boyfriend, he was just such a sweet, chilvarous and honest guy! I really loved this book, the most touching Rainbow Rowell book I read for me I think. Great review Marianne!

    • This one and Eleanor & Park are my favourite Rainbow books. I ordered Landline so I hope it’s another hit.

      Lincoln… *dreamy sigh*

  • I’m so glad you loved this, Marianne!! I remember finishing this on one sitting. I was even having second thoughts before if I should read it or not because it’s not YA. But ahhhhhhh, I just completely fell inlove with this book! I think this is my first Rowell book too.

    Awesome review!!! :*

    • I had thought I wouldn’t like it either because it’s not a YA book, but I was so wrong! This is my favourite Rainbow Rowell book so far! I’m glad it was your first Rainbow book, that means you’ll keep reading. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

  • I really want to read one of Rainbow Rowell’s adult books. I wasn’t a huge fan of Eleanor & Park, but I want to give this one and Fangirl a try!

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