Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Posted by Caitie F on May 3, 2012
Summary from goodreads:
Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail. But the women still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period.
When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he’d be sifting through other people’s inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help but be entertained-and captivated- by their stories.
But by the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you.” After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart . . . even if he can’t see exactly where it’s leading him.
I enjoyed this book so much more than I expected! I thought it would be fun (it was). I thought it would be entertaining (it was). I thought it would make me laugh (it did). I didn’t expect to tear up, care about the characters, and not be able to put it down.
While it is set up as a light and fun book, it talks about relationship,s friendships, and some serious issues in realistic and touching way.
The set up of this was really cool too. The only way you see Beth and Jennifer, at least for most of the book, is through their emails that Lincoln reads. It may seem like it would be hard to connect with characters in this way, but it was really easy! It actually felt more personal than being inside a characters head. It made me very glad I don’t send personal emails at work!
The reader sees Lincoln through a more traditional method: his whole life. He is a complex guy and, for a book that felt like it would be more for women, I think a lot of men could relate to his struggles and life.
Overall, it was a great book to read. With summer coming up, I would highly recommend it as a summer read if you like books that are not only fun, but also make you think and feel.