Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Adult Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Humor
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Publication Date: April 14th 2011
Source: eARC Provided by Author via Netgalley

8909152Goodreads Summary:

“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 . . .?

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Lincoln’s job is to check out the webfence folder of flagged emails for a local newspaper. Anything out of order, any curse words or unwanted activity among those emails, he’s the one who sends them a warning as he practically pries into their personal stuff. His job is boring, he lives with his mom, and he has no idea what to do with his life now. Until he starts to read Beth Fremont’s and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder’s back and forth emails of their lives. He becomes engrossed in their constant chatter that reaches the webfence and soon starts to feel like he knows them, but that’s far from the truth. He should report them, send a warning, do his job, but he just can’t imagine going a day (or more like night) without reading their messages that have made his day, somehow, so much better. Specially Beth, the woman he constantly imagines meeting in his night shift as he falls in love with her. But what would he say to her? He’s shy as it is and the possibility of telling her that he reads her emails is even more terrifying than meeting her in real life, not between a screen through her emails to Jennifer.

At first the summary felt… weird to me. I’d feel creeped out if someone were to read my personal emails and then say he’s fallen in love with me. Still, here it’s put in such a way it doesn’t seem that way.

The main character, Lincoln, is something. He’s a guy who’s really, really shy. He doesn’t know what he’s really good at, and even after years since breaking-up with the girl of his life, he’s still having difficulties with that aspect of his life. He lives with his mom but is not a mamma’s boy. But when he begins to read Beth and Jennifer’s emails, something in him clicks slowly. He realizes that he should change some things of himself at first to attract Beth’s attention the way she describes she wants a man. But that’s not the only thing! After he decides he should stop what he’s doing, he keeps doing more healthy stuff and changes within him to become a better person for himself. He slowly starts to gain balance in his life as an independent adult and a job where he’s more comfortable than his current one. He was greatly developed and complex as a character that throughout the story grew into so much more.

Also, dang it, I want a Lincoln. He’s such a sweet heart! So generous, thoughtful, smart, kind, respectful , funny, shy, cute, and like Beth says, he has a superhero physique, yum.

Now Beth and Jennifer, wow. I want friends like that! Those two made me laugh so much! While Lincoln was the more serious stuff in the book with some humor here and there, these two gals were the party animals with their banter, jokes, dirty thoughts, and even some times the more serious ones that could still make your day better.

What I loved so much of this book other than the characters was the plot as a whole. It touches points in an adult’s life on how it is nowadays, and also has a romance aspect to it that makes you sigh and curl your toes from the swoon. I’d say that this is one of my favorite Adult Fiction books and would read it again and again for the heck of it. Also, it’s set between 1999 and 2000, which it’s cool, at least for me. I could see the story so much like this year and yet with different things, plus it was like history class for when people started to panic over the new millennium. This doesn’t play much of a big thing in the story, but it was nice to know it. This is my first Rainbow Rowell book, but she’s won me over her creative writing style, ideas, and amazing characters. Let’s only hope the other books live up to the greatness of this one!


Rating: 5 stars

it was amazing

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15 thoughts on “Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

  1. I’ve read 2 of Rowell’s books, both of which aren’t this one, haha! I’m so glad you liked it! Lincoln (although kinda creepy) sounds really adorable. I remember reading the first 5% of this one and loving Beth & Jennifer’s humor. I can’t remember why I put it off, though. Lovely review, Jennifer!


    1. I’ve tried to buy thw other two books by her but no such luck. I was lucky as it is to find this one in Netgalley haha I didn’t even plan on reading it so soon. I barely read a few pages and was completely suck into the whole book. Go read it when you can! Thanks for reading and commenting! I hope to read your review once you read it 🙂


  2. I would freak out if I knew someone was monitoring my emails. BUT, if I KNEW they were I would probably send some outrageous emails, just for spite. hehehe! I don’t know how I would feel about a guy reading my emails and then falling in love with me..that has creeper written all over it. The book sounds super cute though! Thanks for sharing 🙂


    1. Oh I’d so do that too! Send like, weird list and stuff to either look really immature and shallow, or creepy psychopath-ish xD Maybe in real life would be really creepy, but at least in fiction it does sound really cute and all :3 Thanks for reading and commenting! 😀


  3. Rainbow Rowell is seriously one of my favorite authors. I adore her writing and her storytelling abilities are fabulous. Eleanor & Park and Fangirl are fabulous stories and I enjoyed every word in Attachments too! 🙂


    1. I loved how she seemed to take a different approach in storytelling than the usual seen nowadays and really liked it. I’m dying to read Eleanor & Park and Fangirl! I hope Penguin puts it for review in Netgalley as well xD I’m glad you liked it too 🙂


      1. :O Cool! I shall hope to buy them soon and delight in them too 😀 (Watching Classic Holmes makes me write fancy-ish sorry xD)


    1. Omg yes Lincoln is so asdfghjkl;’ I really want to buy this book just to swoon of him and laugh at the emails xD

      Thanks for reading and commenting! 😀


  4. Ack! I’ve been meaning to read my copy for a while now! I’d even kept it in my weekend bag to take to the lake but somehow not managing to pick it up. I suck. I’m so glad this is as wonderful as everyone says it is. 🙂 Lincoln sounds divine.


  5. YEEES I loved it as much as you! Lincoln, I think we all swooned from him in this book and he underwent some development of his own. In fact even the girls did as well! This is definitely one of my favourite books too.


  6. I’ve only read Fangirl by this author, but I liked that a lot, so I definitely look forward to reading this. Lincoln sounds adorable! And I can’t wait to meet the girls too. I think this will have to be bumped up the TBR pile now. Wonderful review! 🙂


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