Attachments is Rainbow Rowell‘s first published novel. Rowell is the acclaimed author of YA favorites Eleanor & Park (which I have read) and Fangirl. Attachments, however, is geared towards adults. And by adults I mean mid-to-late 20-somethings…if you want to call us adults.
Summary (via Goodreads): “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 normally don’t read books with a male protagonist, mainly because, as a female, it’s hard for me to relate to them. But I really liked Lincoln. He is a 28 year old guy just trying to figure out what he wants to do with his life and maybe find some love along the way. And yes, he may have been hung up on his high school girlfriend for a little to long (10 years?!). And yes the premise is kinda sketch in a “hey, I just met you, and this is a crazy, but I read your work emails and I think I love you, date me maybe?” way. But here was a nice guy just trying to get with a *supposedly* nice girl! The hopeless romantic in me rooted for Lincoln all the way.
I really liked this book mainly because I could actually relate to Lincoln. He had a feeling of being stuck in his life and I have definitely been there. I also liked the idea the book presented in that, while looks are important, it’s your personality that really wins people over. Lincoln had never officially met Beth but he knew he liked her. Isn’t that essentially what online dating is now–liking someone based on how they present themselves online? The only reason I didn’t give this book a 5 star rating is because the whole “I fell in love with you by reading your email conversations” is just a little too sketch for me. But, to each their own.
Goodreads rating: 4 stars (really liked it)
Source: checked out from my local library