Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


From 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 . . . ?

Attachments is officially my dream “if ever I get employed and I wish it would be sooner” love story. It is told in a unique way- altering between the exchange of e-mails between Beth and her bestfriend Jennifer (Love, Rosie/ Where Rainbows End attack) and narration of Lincoln’s life and his bizarre fascination with the two smart and funny ladies. Unlike Rainbow Rowell’s other books, (Landline, Eleanor and Park, and Fangirl) Attachments didn’t stick to me like a glue to a paper or a mother to a child at first.

At. First.

Rainbow Rowell always surprises me and before I knew it, I am more than glued to the book that I end up having three hours of sleep. Attachments is a light and the kind of adult contemporary book that will make you believe that somehow office hours are not such a buzzkill at all (based entirely when I am tagging along with my mother in their office where people talk upon entering and leaving their office). It talks about family, friendship, the pressure of marriage, having a child, getting married or not, sticking up with your job or not, and at the same I think in my part, always looking up for something good no matter how bad the situation is. Readers will easily love Beth and Jennifer’s friendship for they are the smart and witty women that well, reflect the personalities of other ladies out there. And who wouldn’t love the shy, our very own Cute Guy, Lincoln? I have to say that Rainbow Rowell did a great job on narrating a guy’s perspective, it is realistic and not over rated at all (you know the guys who act like a lady, think like a lady at all times). It is even refreshing that we are not rooting for rock stars for the nth time.

Rainbow Rowell, your first novel is a magic! Hoping we could have some tea together while I’m staring at you like a creepy fan. Ha-ha.

So if you are looking for a book, any book, just grab this one. I. Swear. Abraham Lincoln would be proud of you.