Attachments As In E-Mail Attachments

January 8, 2016 books, miscellaneous, reviews 2

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.

Hey, at least I got the title pun without someone pointing it out to me this time. I love wordplay, but I suck at it. Let’s not talk about the Cinder->Cinderella debacle of 2015 (yes, I know 2015 was literally a week ago, but it sounded good). Anyways, ever since Fangirl, I’ve been reading my way through Rainbow Rowell’s books and when I heard Attachments was an epistolary novel it rocketed to the top of the list (by which I mean there were two of her books I hadn’t read yet and I read this one first).

Attachments is the kind of book where I can understand if someone gives it a low rating …I just disagree. Literally nothing happens for about 90% of the book and the ending was a bit out there for me, BUT it’s also this really sweet story about cyberstalking and befriending people much older than you. Wait no, let me rephrase that. What I mean to say is, the book is as slice-of-life as all of Rainbow Rowell’s other books, so either you like that kind of writing or you don’t.

To be fair even less happens in this book than it does in any of the other books of her that I’ve read, so maybe you’d dislike it even if you liked the others. Wow, I’m really not selling this, am I? Okay, real talk. Lincoln is the kind of person who lets things happen to him instead of pursuing his dreams (or knowing what they even are) and it works fine for him in high school, but when his relationship doesn’t work out and he’s stuck in a job he doesn’t like a decade later, he realizes he might have to make some changes. I loved that Lincoln’s life changed so gradually instead of with one big boom, because that’s how life often works. He kept making small changes, and they kept having small but noticeable consequences. I love that his sister told him to just keep adding good things, because that’s not bad advice. I was able to connect to Lincoln, because he has no idea what he wants or how to get to a better place, but he tries to figure it out in his own time. Eventually. You know, whenever he feels like it.

The book is not made up entirely of emails, but we get to see Beth and Jennifer’s email exchange a lot (Lincoln’s job is to monitor emails at a newspaper) and I always enjoy books that are made up of letters or emails. It’s ony of my favorite things. Beth and Jennifer really grew on me and their emails read like real emails someone who didn’t care much about office protocol would send. I understand why Lincoln kept reading them, even though he probably shouldn’t have. Okay, definitely shouldn’t have.

I did have a couple of issues with this book – mainly that it was a little slow sometimes and the ending wasn’t perfect for me, but I enjoyed to read about someone who has no idea what to do with their life and see all the small changes that made a difference in his life. Also, Lincoln was a bookworm and there were copious amounts of food courtesy to his mom’s cooking skills. Four cupcakes!

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2 Responses to “Attachments As In E-Mail Attachments”

  1. Lola

    I like a fun slice of life book now and then. This one sounds a bit slow, but entertaining as well. I like the sound of someone falling in love with someone else due to reading her e-mails. It sounds like a fun concept. That’s nice the e-mails are actually part of the book as well. How Lincoln his change goes slowly sounds very realistic. Great review!
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