“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. 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 . . . ?
Attachments takes place in 1999, just before the turn of the millennium and all the madness of Y2K. Twenty-eight year old perpetual student Lincoln is fresh off his latest graduate degree and is stuck in a rut in basically every area of his life: he lives with his mother, he has no foreseeable career objectives, he has no social life to speak of excepting Saturday night games of D&D with his lifelong friends, and he hasn’t even attempted a romantic relationship since his heart was smashed into pieces eight years before by the girl he thought he’d be with forever.
As the novel opens, Lincoln has just taken a job in a newspaper’s IT department where he is in charge of the newly developed email security program that monitors employee’s email accounts for inappropriate usage. It’s a bit of a creepy job reading other people’s emails and sending them warnings, not to mention tedious and boring, but it’s at least a job.
He spends most of his time reading books and doing other non work-related activities. That is, until he accidentally becomes wrapped up in the emails of two female employees, film critic Beth and copyeditor Jennifer, who are both smart and funny and who, little by little, begin treating their work email accounts as a personal chat service.
After about the fourth or fifth flagged conversation, Lincoln realizes it’s too late to send them a warning and with not a little guilt begins looking forward to each flagged email, especially when it becomes clear to him that not only is he developing feelings for Beth, but she has a little crush on him as well. The only problem is, if he wants to be with her, how can he do so knowing that he’s just spent a ridiculous amount of time violating her personal privacy?
The novel is a mix between Lincoln’s 3rd person POV and the brilliant emails that take place between Beth and Jennifer.
Jennifer and Beth are both immediately very likeable. And I was looking forward to reading their emails just as much as Lincoln was!
Their conversations with one another are funny and warm and at one point very heart warming. Especially what Jennifer goes through and Beth’s break up with her long term boyfriend.
Even though its creepy we want Lincoln to keep reading about Jennifer and Beth’s email simply because we want to keep reading them too!
There’s also the fact that Lincoln himself is a wonderful character. But it’s not only that he’s likeable. His struggles as an aimless and confused young adult unsure of what he wanted to do with himself was one I could relate to in very specific ways. The sharp wit of Rowell’s dialogue and prose doesn’t hurt, either. This was also the perfect time period to set this book. The transition from tradition to technology at the newspaper echoes Lincoln’s own stumbling transition to adulthood.
This is Rainbow’s adult fiction book as opposed to her YA stuff and to be honest it’s just as good. You can’t tell with her books whether you are reading YA or whether you are reading adult. She has a way of writing that makes you disappear into the pages and makes you apart of this fiction world.
I love Rainbow Rowell. Her books are amazing and you can always relate to them in whichever shape or form.
I can’t wait to read more of her stuff (I’ve read Fangirl and Eleanor and Park)
5 out of 5 stars!