Book Review: Attachments

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Synopsis from Amazon.com:

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 . . . ?

I had never read a book by Rainbow Rowell until I read Fangirl and since that was a masterpiece I knew I needed to read more. After looking around and hearing that Eleanor & Park was the greatest book ever, I naturally chose to read Attachments because I dare to be different.

First of all, I love Lincoln. He’s so weird and quirky and awkward and just plain adorable. Of course if this is real life and someone did this to me I’d probably be totally freaked out but that’s great thing about fiction. In this context all of Lincoln’s seemed kind of romantic.

Plus, the way the story is set up we follow Lincoln for most of it and only see Beth through her emails with Jennifer. Therefore I couldn’t help but feel sympathetic for Lincoln. If this was told from Beth’s point of view I might’ve felt differently but because I got to know Lincoln and understand his romantic history and why he does the things he does, I actually really liked him.

And I loved Beth and Jennifer. I kind of liked their emails more than the chapters that were about Lincoln, to be honest. They’re so funny and honest with each other and the way they emailed each other is the way I usually text my  best friends.

Overall, I really liked the book. The ending was a little to abrupt for me but otherwise this one was a winner. Fangirl is better though.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is one you’ll want on your shelf.

Stars:

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Favorite Line:

`“He knew why he wanted to kiss her. Because she was beautiful. And before that, because she was kind. And before that, because she was smart and funny. Because she was exactly the right kind of smart and funny. Because he could imagine taking a long trip with her without ever getting bored. Because whenever he saw something new and interesting, or new and ridiculous, he always wondered what she’d have to say about it–how many stars she’d give it and why.”

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