Summary: Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail. But the women still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period.
When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he’d be sifting through other people’s inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help but be entertained-and captivated- by their stories.
But by the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you.” After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart . . . even if he can’t see exactly where it’s leading him.
My Thoughts: This was a fabulously fun read. I really enjoyed reading Jennifer and Beth’s e-mails and Lincoln’s story.
I think part of the reason I enjoyed it so much is because I could relate on so many levels. Not the reading others’ e-mails, but working at a newspaper – both during the day and the night. I spent roughly 3 years working on the copy desk, which meant second shift. Get in at 5-ish, leave around 1 a.m. Lincoln notes how hard it is – and how lonely it can be – to be on such a different schedule than the rest of the general public. I can only imagine how much worse it would be when you end up sitting around doing nothing most of the time.
The story was slightly predictable, but not to the point of ruining it. I still really enjoyed reading, and discovering how it all came together was still fun – even if I could figure out where some things were going to end up.
My only complaint is the ending. I wanted a little bit more. Just a little. I felt like it just stopped a little prematurely. Still, though, I can confidently say I really enjoyed the book – despite the ending. It made me smile and even laugh out loud at times. Attachments is the perfect light, fun summer read.
My Rating: 4 stars
Source: Received as part of a blog tour promotion on TLC Book Tours.
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About the Author: Rainbow Rowell is only very good at two things – reading and writing, in that order.
People who are good only at reading and writing, and who also want health insurance, usually study journalism. Rainbow earned a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995 and, at 24, became the youngest-ever – and first female – columnist at the Omaha World-Herald.
Rainbow started writing Attachments while working at the newspaper, but it couldn’t be less of a true story. She met her husband in junior high and can hardly get him to read her column, let alone her e-mail.
After a brief, enjoyable stint in advertising in the mid-2000s, Rainbow is now back at The World-Herald, writing a pop-culture/lifestyles column.
When she’s not writing, she’s reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing with people about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things. She has two sons, and if God hears her prayers, they will grow up just as nerdy and true-hearted as the protagonist of this book.
Tour Info: For the main page for this blog tour, including more reviews of this book on other blogs, visit TLC’s post.
Challenges: Counts for 100 Books in a Year Reading Challenge 2011.
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