Friday, August 8, 2014

Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Rating: ★★★★★ stars
Date published: March 27th, 2012
Publisher: Plume
Synopsis: From the award-winning author of Eleanor & ParkFangirl, and Landlinecomes a hilarious and heartfelt novel about love in the workplace.

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 . . . ?

What I Thought:

This book was amazing!  I recall hearing and reading so many rave reviews when this book was first published in Europe in 2011.  I was slightly curious and bought a copy.  I didn't read the book until long after it'd become available here in the US and well after I'd read Eleanor & Park.  I saw it was up to read on Netgalley and decided a re-read was in order.

I thought it was fantastic how much of the book was told through emails and messages.  I recall thinking at the time, it was a unique idea.  I hadn't seen any story told through media yet and was completely blown away by it.  By reading Beth and Jennifer's emails, I felt like I really got to know them without really meeting them, even if it felt more than a little creepy.  

All of Rainbow's characters are likable and very personable.  I don't know about you, but I was rooting for Beth and Lincoln to somehow get together.  I felt so bad Lincoln was starting with a stacked deck against him.  Granted he knew lots about Beth before they ever met face to face, but he also knew if/when she found out how he knew so much about her, any intimacy or rapport they had would be shattered.

I was unable to put down this book.  I waited so long to pick it up and then was kicking myself for doing just that.  I also discovered Rainbow Rowell consistently writes amazing books and in many different genres as well.  She shot her way onto my must read list with Eleanor & Park and onto my must buy list with Attachments.  

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About the Author
Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

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* A copy was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.  All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.  I also purchased a copy.*

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