Review: "Attachments" by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Attachments
Author:  Rainbow Rowell
Publication:  2012
Genre: Romance, Adult, Fiction, Contemporary
Stars: 3.9/ 5

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.

My Thoughts
Lincoln is a lovable, introverted nerd with several degrees, who never got over his first love and got stuck living together with his mother.

His best friend Justin, his sister Eve, as well as his friends from the Dungons& Dragons group try to get him out of his comfort zone and are more than happy about his changes later on. His main problem, to my mind, is his overprotective hippy mother, who tries so desperately to hold him back. She is also the only annoying character in the whole book.

Unfortunately, at the beginning the reader gets to know Beth and Jennifer only via their emails. However, while reading about their first world problems, i surprising started to like the way they were portrayed and it made me get over the lack of a physical character description.

Nearly 30 pages Lincoln transformed himself into a confident young man, who moved into an own apartment and makes his own decisions. At that point I thought that the book wouldn’t get an happy ending where Lincoln and Beth would get together, which would be quit realistic. However, out of nowhere we got a „plot twist“ and a cheesy happy ending which is only possible in books or Hollywood movies.

The book is set in 1999, where computers and the internet are still treated like rocket science. The whole millennium panic with the possible computer crashes and Apocalypse was really funny. I also loved the many “classic“ movie, book and culture reverences.


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