Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
“‘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 . . . ?”
<<Jennifer to Beth>> You are a complicated woman.
<<Beth to Jennifer>> No. Doy.
<<Jen to Reader>> Oh my gosh! I just read an AMAZING book!!!
<<Reader to Jen>> Yeah? What?
<<Jen to Reader>> Attachments by Rainbow Rowell! I couldn’t put it down. It. Was. So. Ahhh-dicting. Seriously, Rowell is officially one of my favorite authors.
<<Reader to Jen>> Wow, really? Why?
<<Jen to Reader>> Well, besides writing good stories, she knows how to write fabulous characters. She makes them feel so real, so relevant, so relatable. I swear, my life is a Rainbow Rowell novel. It’s like she knows me. The problems her characters face, the thoughts they have, the fears they deal with–all me! It’s creepy, but in a cool, “whoa” way, ya know?
Oh, and don’t even get me started on the guy in this book, Lincoln!…siiiigh…
<<Reader to Jen>> Spill!!!
<<Jen to Reader>> I don’t know. He’s just so darn cute! Sweet and endearing and polite. I just wanted to wrap him up, take him home, and keep him forever. I mean it, he’s the kind of guy you wanna meet and fall in love with in real life…Where are you Lincoln??? Where, where, where…
<<Reader to Jen>> Um, you do know you sound a little crazy now, right?
<<Jen to Reader>> …yes.
<<Reader to Jen>> Okay, good. Just checking. So Attachments is really good?
<<Jen to Reader>> YES!
<<Reader to Jen>> Better than Fangirl and Eleanor & Park?
<<Jen to Reader>> Well, I wouldn’t say “better”, per se. Just different. In my opinion, Attachments was lighter and more fun as a whole. But, don’t get me wrong, it still had its dramatic, epiphany-filled moments. They just didn’t seem as intense or prominent as the other two novels.
<<Reader to Jen>> Okay, so I guess that means you’d definitely recommend it?
<<Jen to Reader>> Duh!
<<Reader to Jen>> Okay, okay! Sheesh.
<<Jen to Reader>> Sorry! I get pushy when I find a book that I love, and I LOVED Attachments. Let’s just say as you near the end, you’ll start to feel anxious and sad, because you won’t want it to end.
<<Reader to Jen>> Fine, fine. I’m heading to the bookstore now.
<<Jen to Reader>> Good! Trust me, you won’t regret it!
“I think I missed my window,” he said.
“My get-a-life window. I think I was supposed to figure all this stuff out somewhere between twenty-two and twenty-six, and now it’s too late.