Review | Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

attachmentsTitle: Attachments

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.

Final Rating: 3 yellow

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Great review! 🙂
    I’ve been really wanting to read this and haven’t gotten around to it yet.
    I may try to soon. Lately, I just can’t seem to enjoy anything though. Sigh.

    • I’m in the same boat as you! I’ve been reading nothing but three-star books, and it’s getting on my nerves. ): Hopefully the Final Empire will bring me out of my funk. Hope the book for you is right around the corner <3

  • Awesome review! It seems like a cute read, would you recommend it for teens and such? Because I believe it is an adult book.

    • Thank you so much! <3

      I'm not sure if I would necessarily 'recommend' it, but it can definitely still be read by teens. There is some crude language (which is often found in YA), but that's about it. The characters range around 27-29 years old, which makes relating to them a little bit harder. But yeah, it can definitely be read by teens.

  • I agree! I wasn’t exactly disappointed by this but it was definately a different feel to a Rainbow Rowell book than Eleanor & Park and Fangirl 😛 I read this in two sittings. Once a little bitty and then stormed through and I ended up loving up. I wasn’t too sure about the beginning though but did like it at the end 😛

  • Eva

    Love the review! and I love you blog! 🙂

  • Great Review! I’ve Read eleanor and Park which I loved it.And this one sounds intriguing too maybe I’ll give this a try too. 😀

  • Hi! Sorry, this may sound like a stupid question, but how do you decide when to do a separate review? I was planning to do mini reviews in my monthly wrap up post, but I’ve noticed people posting single reviews almost every day. Do you make a review for every book you read?

    • Hi! That’s not a stupid question at all. 🙂 I know a lot of people pick and choose; they either only review books they thought were fantastic, or they review books they thought were terrible. I, on the other hand, have lots of thoughts on almost every book I read, so I write reviews for all the books I’ve read. Sometimes, when I don’t have much to say, I skip the full review and add a mini one to my monthly wrap-up. And for most graphic novels, I do separate mini reviews. Hope this helps! x

  • Now this review had me motivated to pick up the book again! I liked E&P, Fangirl, and Landline so much that I couldn’t help but expect a lot from this book. But when I got to the first few pages of it, I felt I wasn’t just into it. But your review [especially on Lincoln] says otherwise so I think I have to give it a try again. 😀

    • Wuhoo! I definitely think this is worth a try. Hope you like it better the second time around!

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