Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Rating: 4/5 stars
Lincoln is the IT guy, or “internet security officer”, for The Courier. His job is to read through the company’s flagged emails–the ones with inappropriate language or jokes. He begins reading email threads between two of the writers, Beth and Jennifer, and can’t seem to stop. Lincoln finds himself falling in love with Beth via snooping around on her email conversations. Lincoln ultimately has to choose between telling Beth about his actions and losing his job, or letting her go.
This book was funny and an all-around enjoyable read. I usually begin my reviews with a nice quotation from the book that spoke to me, personally, but I couldn’t really find one from Attachments. Though, I don’t believe that Rowell meant for this book to resonate deeply with people. My guess is that she wanted this to be a fun read, which it was.
There wasn’t really anything that made this book special. It was a light and quick read that left me satisfied at the end. The events were very unbelievable, but again, I don’t think that was Rowell’s point. She did a great job using unique points of view (Lincoln’s narrative and the email conversations between Beth and Jennifer) to engage the reader without making things confusing.
I found myself laughing at the absurdity of Lincoln’s life, but also at the jokes within the text. Beth and Jennifer are funny people, and their email thread reflects it. I was in a reading slump before I picked this book up, and it certainly brought me out of that slump.
After hearing so many great things about Rainbow Rowell, I finally caved in and got this book. I’m so glad I did! I look forward to reading more of her work.