Author: Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Fiction | Contemporary
Synopsis: 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 … ?
Would I recommend? To people who’re looking for a good, fluffy read.
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I’ve been wanting to read Attachments for a very long time. Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite contemporary authors; both of her young adult books are fantastic. She writes very realistic plot-lines, relatable characters and her books just make me want to curl up with a blanket with some hot chocolate and marshmallows. There are very few authors I trust with contemporary, and Rainbow is one of them. I went into this expecting great things, and I wasn’t disappointed, but I didn’t feel that this was as meaningful as her other two books. Even so, this is by no means a bad book. If you’re looking for something light, something fluffy and entertaining, this is a great choice. If you’re looking for something a bit more meaningful, something with a message, I’m not sure this would be the book for you.
Lincoln works at the Courier as an “internet security officer.” His job? To read other people’s e-mail, and warn them if they are doing anything other than their job while at work. But when Lincoln comes across the e-mails of two employees – Beth and Jennifer – he can’t seem to bring himself to send them a warning. As time passes, he finds himself caring for Beth and Jennifer, and he seems to be falling for Beth. But how can he approach her? What would he even say?
The first thing that drew me in about this novel – apart from the fact that it’s written by Rainbow – was the premise. Tell me this book doesn’t intrigue you from the synopsis I mentioned above. It’s unique, it’s interesting, and it seems like a nice, fun read. And that’s what I got. I really enjoyed the storyline. I enjoyed how there were several subplots branching from the main plot, and even though there was a lot going on, you didn’t feel bombarded because of the wonderful pacing.
Like I said before, this was a lot less meaningful than the other Rainbow books I’ve read. Eleanor & Park was about accepting yourself and accepting others, and Fangirl was a warm, heartfelt story about maturing and family. And Attachments? I’m not too sure what was trying to be achieved. I understand that not all novels have a deeper meaning to them, and I’m completely fine with that; I’m all for light, entertaining reads. But I went into this expecting that typical punch that Rainbow gives within her light books, and I turned the last page a little unsatisfied. Also, I thought the ending was a little rushed. I could have done with an epilogue, or a few more chapters.
Rainbow is brilliant when it comes to constructing characters. When she wants you to like someone, it’s almost impossible not to like them. Her characters have multiple, nuanced layers to them. They have lovable, realistic personalities and very consistent voices. It’s almost like you’re reading about people you know and love. And that’s why I adore Rainbow’s books so much.
Lincoln has now become one of my favorite male leads. He was so lovable; he was sensitive, compassionate, loyal and freaking adorable. I liked how Rainbow gave us sufficient background to his story; we knew about his insecurities, his school life, his hobbies, his aspirations. Rainbow built up his character by showing her readers how he reacts in situations, and what his relationships are like with other people. His relationship with his mother and sister was very cute, albeit a little frustrating at times. His relationship with his friends was phenomenally constructed. He was so cute.
Jennifer and Beth felt very real too, even though our main interaction with them was through their e-mails. It’s unbelievable that I still don’t know how these two friends met, how long they’ve been friends, but their friendship still felt real and strong. I did like Jennifer a little more than I liked Beth, but both their characters were well-developed and multi-layered.
I liked the formatting, how it was alternating between e-mails and prose, almost like you were getting multiple perspectives. It was an effective way to break up the bulkier, heavier parts into something a bit more fast-paced. Rainbow’s writing is witty and hilarious; I found myself laughing out loud at multiple points, and it isn’t easy to make me giggle while reading a book. But this was funny. And it was very sweet. And like all other Rainbow novels, it was addicting and something that you can pick up over and over again without getting bored.
Overall, I would recommend this to someone who’s looking for a fluffy, cute, contemporary read- not to someone who’s looking for something with a deeper, larger-than-life meaning behind the curtains.