Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Attachments: A Novel
"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 . . . ?
I remember reading Attachments when it first came out and loving it. Since then I read Eleanor & Park, one of my favorite books ever, and afterwards Fangirl, which I was a bit disappointed in. I was hoping Attachment would hold up and I would still love it the second time through. Thankfully it did. It is such a cute story, kind of odd. I mean the male and female romantic interests don't actually meet until the end of the story. So it is kind of a strange romance, but it works.
Lincoln's job is to monitor peoples emails and internet usage. He can't believe his job is really to just spy on people. He kind of hates that he has to read people's emails, but he doesn't really know what he wants to do with his life so he is stuck for the time being. He quickly notices Beth and Jennifer's email exchanges, which are quite humorous, but he never sends them a warning. After a while he realizes it has gone on too long and he can't anymore, but he also can't wait to get to work and read the emails from them that come through his box. He starts to fall in love with Beth just based on her email correspondence with Jennifer. How then can he go about meeting her? I mean how weird and awkward is that that he has been spying on her? He eventually comes to a bit of an impasse and the whole situation is dealt with pretty well.
Beth and Jennifer are friends and they are kind of ridiculous. Beth and Jennifer talk about everything it seems through email. Lincoln learns all about Jennifer and her not wanting a baby/getting pregnant/everything. Beth also has a boyfriend whom she has lived with for a while and she is waiting for him to ask her to marry him. She wants to get married at some point, but her boyfriend is kind of just good with coasting. He is in a band and is kind of a loner. Beth also notices Lincoln, though doesn't know it is him. He is the mysterious hot guy who she doesn't know what he does in the office. She goes back and forth with Jennifer about him and it is just like ah! You both like each other, but with this odd situation could it ever work out? Can they find a way to move past this email spying secretly getting to know Beth phase?
So yeah, it is an odd situation. It was fun and funny and the whole thing was done really well. The end could be cheesy or lame or unbelievable, but Rainbow Rowell pulled it off. She made an ending that worked for the story. Overall I loved it. A great read.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★