Mar 24, 2014

Review -- Attachments

Author: Rainbow Rowell
Release Date: March 27th, 2012
Publisher: Plume Books
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 323
Format: Paperback, Bought

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"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . " 

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 . . . ?

My Review:
Lincoln is a guy who has had a rough time in the world of love. So he takes a job to help with internet security. This job happens to be at night, oh, and did I mention, he has to read the emails of those in the office that come back flagged. He is supposed to give them warnings, but...there is 2 girls that he just can't seem to warn. As he continues to read their emails, he finds out, he might be falling for someone that he has never even met....

This is such a cute story. I flew through it. As I am sick at home with strep throat, I had to do something to pass my time. I have been devouring books. I have always wanted to read something by Rainbow Rowell. I have heard so much about her that I just had to. I own both Attachments as well as Eleanor and Park. As Eleanor and Park sounds really cute, I had more of a pull towards Attachments. I decided that it would be my first book by her to read. I devoured the whole book in only a day. I had to keep reading.

This book goes between following Lincoln's life as well as following the lives of Jennifer and Beth through their emails. You don't follow the girls life outside of the emails that are put into the story. You still learn so much about them since they were best friends. They put some pretty personal stuff in their emails not realizing that their emails are flagged most of the time.

Lincoln, besides that fact that I hate his name, seems so wonderful. He is portrayed as a bigger guy, tall, little bit of a belly, but just naturally big. Not my type exactly, but I still loved him as a person. He is such a big teddy bear. He has problems with being social, but he tries so hard to change that, as well as a lot of other things in his life. His self-esteem is so low that it causes him to chicken out a lot, but it just makes you love him more. You root for him throughout the entire story. He deserves his happily ever after.

Beth, seems to have the perfect life. The hot boyfriend, a place of her own, a great best friend, and a good job where she gets to watch movies all the time. But there is so much more that she wants. She has settled for so long. It is only a matter of time till anyone that isn't satisfied with their life breaks out of the shell and tries to fix it all.

This book is set in so many different places, but it is mainly at the office where Lincoln is reading the emails. It does go between him hanging out with his friends though as well as through flashbacks of his life when he was with his ex-girlfriend.

There is so much personal growth within the story. It is nice to have a realistic story with real struggles throughout the book. In life anymore, most of us sit on computers. We are very anti-social and just afraid of going out and doing anything to fix our lives. So the fact that you can fall in love with someone through reading emails is very possible, and I am sure it happens all the time. Some of my best friends I have met through blogging and have never met them in person. To me that means nothing, I know them just as much through emails, phone calls, and texting as I am sure I would in real life. I feel like it is that way with learning to find love online as well. It can come to you in all sorts of ways. Whether it is through the internet or just a casual glance when at the office or out on the street. It can happen anytime and anywhere.

I also connected with all the characters because they are close to my age. Most of them are 28. I am 25, so I am not quite there, but I still deal with the same things. Wanting marriage, wanting to start a family, not sure if I am ready for any of that. Wondering if I am doing the right thing in my life. If I could get more somewhere else. I think it is something all of us go through when we get to our mid to late 20s. I love books that deal with teens and stuff, but I also love to read books with characters that are closer to my age. I tend to connect a little more that way. When I read YA books, I tend to do more of a flashback of my life, than of my life right now.

I loved this book. It flip flops between the emails and Lincoln's life, but it does it in a way that it flows well. Sometimes weeks go by, sometimes just a few hours. You get sucked into the life of Lincoln and wish him the best throughout the pages. I can definitely see why everyone likes this author so much. her writing flows so well and it is easy to picture all of it happen. She gives more realistic stories.

I think anyone out there who loves romance, or books that deal with getting older life struggles, this is the book for you. There is so much in the story that captivates you and holds you til the very end.

Loved It!!

1 comment:

  1. I also loved this book! check my review out here. I totally agree about how relatable this book is, especially to people in their late twenties. I felt totally connected to these characters and loved the balance of the heavy moments with lighthearted humor that Rainbow Rowell does so well.


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