Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Book Review: Attachments

Title: Attachments
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Publication Date: April 14, 2011
Source: Purchased
"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 . . . ?

My Review

I smiled so much while I was reading this, but I couldn't figure out just why I was smiling so much. Why? Because there are just so many things to smile about when reading Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Yes, it's hilarious. Yes, it's fresh. Yes, it's weird. It is everything you can ask for in a book, and while I was about halfway through the book, it hit me like a truck; this book, and all of Rainbow Rowell's books are filling a void I've been trying to fill since Gilmore Girls was cancelled. Her writing is reminiscent of Amy Sherman-Palladino's work, and therefore, I cannot get enough of it!

Attachments is just as witty as any episode of the adorably cute show, Gilmore Girls. Rowell seamlessly includes references to 90s pop culture while telling the stories of co-workers Lincoln, Beth, and Jennifer.

Jennifer and Beth are the dynamic duo of best friends that I needed in a book. I sometimes find it hard to connect with characters in adult fiction books, but these two are one hundred percent real. They get themselves into some sticky situations at work. They know they are breaking the rules at work, but they just don't care. They have some insane conversations on their work emails, but sometimes, their conversations are just normal and about life. I just loved them, and I would not mind having a friend like either one of them.

Then there's Lincoln. Lincoln's story made me wish that he were somebody that I knew in real life. Like how adorable is he? He cares so much for people, even people that he doesn't really know. He really doesn't want to hurt anyone's feelings. That is why he never reports Beth and Jennifer, even though it's part of his job description. I'll admit that it's a bit odd and strange that he reads their emails, but in the end, it's worth it. He also cares so much for his mom. He is an all-around great character.

I seriously did not want to put this book down! It's one of those books that every adult reader or fan of chick-lit should read because it breaks the mold of what we think women's fiction should be.


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