Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Published Year: 2011
Genre: Fiction/Chick Lit
Subtitle: Great

"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 . . . ?

First of all, I really, really enjoyed reading Attachments. I love Fangirl by RR and I didn’t think she could ever achieve that level of love from me again. Attachments (to me) isn’t even in the same category as Fangirl, but I really liked Attachments, more than I expected to (the roommate has been telling me to read it, and she was very right!).

Attachments is set right around the millennium with three main characters who work for a newspaper company. I loved this setting; it was so great to see everyone’s attitude toward computers and programming and the internet right around the year 2000 (or Y2K, when the world of computers would end and the code would “break” at midnight on New Year’s Eve). I found myself laughing out loud at some of the things that were considered normal to the characters.

One thing RR does and does extremely well is her layouts. In Fangirl and Attachments, we get these “blurbs” between the main chapters. I love these. In Attachments, these blurbs are work email exchanges between Beth and Jenny. These back and forth's between them are humorous, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and everything in between. They feel so real. There are emails about nothing, and then there are emails about very substantial issues they’re going through, and I just could not get enough of them. (Also, their relationship reminded me of the roommate again, so kudos for that roomie!).

Lincoln, the only main character not in the blurbs, is probably my favorite. He starts off in a rough place mentally, almost a quarter life crisis, where he has no idea what he wants to do with this life or even what he’s good at. I can identify with his struggles as he works at a job he doesn’t like with horrible hours and just tries to find some direction to move forward. I’ve made this sound depressing, Lincoln is the opposite of depressing -- he just starts the story a little lost. We get to see him not only find direction, but also find a path he never really thought he could find again. It was wonderful, and I loved watching him grow!

All in all, a great read and my love for RR continues to grow! (On an unrelated note, anyone planning to read Carry On???)

4 out of 5 stars