Friday, March 14, 2014

Book Review: Attachments

Title Attachments

Author Rainbow Rowell

Release Date April 14, 2011

"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...?

There's something about Rainbow Rowell's writing that really does it for me. Granted, this is only the second book by her that I've read, but that's not the point. I love her writing... and her storytelling, her characters, and everything else.

Everything about this book worked for me. Everything. The third-person narrative worked perfectly. It focuses on Lincoln and we learn about Beth and Jennifer solely through their emails. You would think you'd be presented with underdeveloped characters since you're only seeing them through their emails, but you're not. We're still treated to full, developed (and very interesting) characters. The writing was awesome and was exactly as I expected it to be. It was entertaining, fun, sweet, humorous, and dashed with a little bit of nerdiness. Props to Rainbow Rowell for having such a wonderful, well-rounded book.

I definitely recommend checking out Attachments or anything else by Rainbow Rowell. I don't think you'll be disappointed.


5 out of 5 stars

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