Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Ahhh… a digital age love story. First I want to give a shout-out to Lisa from Lit and Life. Her review in April 2011, before Attachments even came out, is what first put this book on my to-read radar. Go give her review a look – it’s awesome, plus the author is from Lisa’s hometown (which is also the setting for the book.)

Lincoln is 28 and has graduated from college – again. Not sure what he wants to do with his life, he moves back home to live with his mom while he works. He gets an evening / late shift job at The Courier, a local newspaper, doing Internet security. To Lincoln’s severe discomfort, this entails reading the emails of the newspaper’s employees when the security software gives them a red flag.

Lincoln starts to notice that emails between two women – copy editor Jennifer and movie reviewer Beth – get flagged a lot. But he’s drawn into their funny conversations, and never sends them a warning. He in fact starts to look forward to seeing their emails, and the more he reads about her, the more he starts to develop a crush on Beth. Especially when he realizes that she’s noticed him around – and has dubbed him “Her Cute Guy”.

This story is mainly about Lincoln – since his high school sweetheart broke him heart during freshman year of college, he hasn’t really known what to do with his life. He’s been attending school and earning masters degrees, but nothing calls out to him – career or woman wise. That is until he takes this job and develops feelings for a woman he’s never actually met. It’s all very coming-of-age for Lincoln.

We only see Beth and Jennifer in their emails to each other, at least until the very end. And I have to say that Rainbow Rowell has done a fantastic job at making them both seem so real in this format. Jennifer is married, a little neurotic, and is dealing with the to-have-kids-or-not issue. Beth has been waiting for a marriage proposal from her rock band boyfriend for years, she’s funny and smart and interesting, and is dealing with her own relationship issues. Both women seemed like people I’d like to have as friends, and I enjoyed reading their emails right along with Lincoln.

Is the whole premise behind falling in love while reading some one’s emails a little sketchy? Of course. That’s why the digital age sucks, because relationships spawning from technology always seem a little creepy. But Lincoln is such a down-South GOOD guy that you can’t help but like him. Not to mention the fact that he’s a big romantic, he plays D&D (and gaming is actually mentioned frequently), his mom makes stuffed artichokes, and he shares his lunch with the widowed vending machine lady. How awesome is that?

Overall, Attachments was a treat. I was already laughing by page 2, and I really enjoyed all of the characters. Definitely recommend for a sweet, happy fairy-tale love story for today’s world. I’ll definitely have this book on my to-buy list.

Sarah Says: 4.5 stars

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5 comments

  1. I did appreciate that Rowell didn’t try to make Beth just instantly fall in love with Lincoln and acknowledged that the whole thing was a bit creepy. But so much fun!

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