Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published April 14th, 2011
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

"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 thoughts…

Attachments is not your typical love story, it’s unique, told in a unique way and is undeniably cute.

Throughout the book, we read emails between best friends, Beth (the film critic) and Jennifer (the copy editor), both working for the newspaper.

~Jennifer to Beth~ Whenever I have too much to drink, I start to feel pregnant. I think it’s because I never drink, and it would just figure that the one time I decide to loosen up, I get pregnant. Three hours of weakness, and now I’m going to spend the rest of my life wrestling with the special needs of a fetal alcoholic.

~Beth to Jennifer~ Am I worried that the bad guys from Tron are reading our e-mail? Uh, no. All this security stuff isn’t aimed at people like us. They’re trying to catch the pervs. The online porn addicts, the Internet blackjack players, the corporate spies … ~Jennifer to Beth~ Those are probably all red-flag words. Pervs. Porn. Spies. I bet red flag is a red flag.

Lincoln is the IT guy hired to read company emails flagged for inappropriate use. Since Beth and Jennifer regularly have flagged emails, he starts reading their exchanges.

“By the time Lincoln realized that he hadn’t sent a warning to Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder—after who knew how many offenses, three? half a dozen?—he couldn’t remember why not. Maybe because he couldn’t always figure out what rule they were breaking. Maybe because they seemed completely harmless. And nice.”

Lincoln becomes interested in their lives and starts falling for Beth, even though he has no idea what she looks like. I know I found their emails very entertaining. I never thought Lincoln was stalker-ish for reading the emails or for later trying to figure out who Beth was in the office. As soon as he started developing feelings for Beth he felt guilty and he also knew that he had to tell her that he was reading the emails.  I really liked Lincoln and how his character grew into finding his way in life.

“Lincoln?” she asked. “Yes?” “Do you believe in love at first sight?” He made himself look at her face, at her wide-open eyes and earnest forehead. At her unbearably sweet mouth. “I don’t know,” he said. “Do you believe in love before that?”

“When she smiled up at him, he felt his heart swell against the inside of his chest. He felt that way all the time now. Even when he was holding her, it felt like there was something inside of him trying to burst out and embrace her.”

I really enjoyed Attachments, more so than Fangirl, why not 5 stars? I felt it took Lincoln and Beth too long to meet. I would have enjoyed seeing them together in a relationship. I know this seems spiteful, but I also wanted Lincoln and Beth to have a chance run in with Sam (Lincolns ex-girlfriend), just to show her that Lincoln moved on and loved Beth.

Happy Reading ~ 


  1. Wow.. this is so sweet and UNIQUE. I'm curious. The e-mails are hilarious. I want to read it.
    Thanks for sharing and recommending it. Awesome review. ��

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