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