Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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Original Title: Attachments

Year Published: 2012

Published by: Plume

Number of pages: 323

First Sentence: Would it kill you to get here before noon?

Goodreads Rating: 5/5

Plot:

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 thoughts: 

I loved this book. Rainbow Rowell has after only two books (that I’ve read) become one of my favourite authors. She is brilliant and her characters are charming and oh so lovable.

This book centers around Lincoln, a man in his late twenties who has no idea what he want’s to do with his life. The job he managed to score is not what he thought it was and it gets him down on a daily basis. His love life is non-existent, and why would he want love after Sam? Lincoln is a very charming character and it was lovely to follow him, his thought process and what he felt in certain situations. He is also awkward and unsure, which stems from his lack of self-confidence, but that only endears him even more to the reader. He struggles to find his own place in life, and the meaning of his life, just like we all do. In the end I didn’t care how he found it, I just wanted him to be happy.

Beth and Jennifer are the two main female characters. We, as well as Lincoln, get to know them through a series of e-mails. The e-mails are hilarious although they sometimes deal with very serious issues. Beth is in a relationship with a guy who is in a band, and she feels that she isn’t all that important to him most of the time. She still loves him and he does have his moments.Jennifer is married to this amazing man, but the subject of children is something that is grating on her. Her husband want’s them, Jennifer do not. The women feel real and were just like Lincoln, very charming and easy to love.

There is a group of other characters that are just as charming and help creating the easy atmosphere of the book. There are some embarrassing moments in the book, just like we have embarrassing moments in life, and there were moments of loss and love, happiness and sorrow. Overall it was an amazing book and one of my favorites.

Do I recommend it?

Oh yes! It is a proper feel-good book and you will put it down with a smile on your face and a happy sigh (at least I did).

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