Summary from GoodReads:
Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail. But the women still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period.
When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he’d be sifting through other people’s inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help but be entertained-and captivated- by their stories.
But by the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you.” After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart . . . even if he can’t see exactly where it’s leading him.
Written with whip-smart precision and charm, Attachments is a strikingly clever and deeply romantic debut about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Even if it’s someone you’ve never met.
Rainbow Rowell has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I’m at the “I will buy anything she writes” stage, and that’s pretty big coming from me, a librarian, who has very few auto-buy authors. In fact, while I was at Barnes & Noble the other day, I bought Attachments, even though I had the book on hold from the library. The library book hadn’t come in yet, though, and I just needed to read it RIGHT THAT MINUTE. And I was not in the slightest bit disappointed with Attachments, and am glad that I have my very own copy of Rowell’s first novel in my collection.
Attachments is an adult novel, and it’s kind of historical fiction like Eleanor & Park. Instead of being set in the 1980s, Attachments is set in 1999 and 2000. It was actually a ton of fun reading about the Y2K scare that was gripping the U.S. at the turn of the century, having lived it, and remembering some people being all freaked out that all the computers were going to crash.
But really, this book is about Lincoln, Beth and Jennifer. I would go so far as to say that Lincoln is the main character, although certainly Beth is right up there with him. All the information we, the readers, gain about Beth and Jennifer are through the emails that Lincoln reads. And then the novel is third-person during Lincoln’s chapters. Rowell is amazing with characters. They always feel so realistic, and relatable. You know when you read a book, and there is this one character will remind you so much of yourself that you’re sure the author somehow based that character on you?
Rowell doesn’t do that exactly, at least not in my opinion. None of the characters reminded me completely of myself. But she does something just as awesome. All the characters, especially Lincoln, Beth and Jennifer, each have little bits that I could completely relate to, which made me understand and love ALL these characters! The end result was that I could identify with each of them in different ways.
My only small quibble (and it’s based solely on my personal preferences in books) is sometimes I thought Lincoln was a little “woe-is-me.” I couldn’t quite understand how he was still upset about the whole Sam situation, when it had happened so many years ago. That’s just me though, and I did still love Lincoln to peices, and wanted him to find himself and to find happiness.
Basically, I loved this book pretty much, cover to cover. You all need to read this one. You won’t be disappointed. Also, be sure to read Eleanor and Park, if you haven’t read that one yet, either.