Convince Me To Read (8): Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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Convince Me To Read (8): Attachments by Rainbow RowellAttachments by Rainbow Rowell
Also by this author: Carry On
Published by Dutton on April 14th 2011
ISBN: 0525951989
Pages: 323

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"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 . . . ?

Jamie’s review

I don’t have much to say about ATTACHMENTS because it left me feeling fairly satisfied. When a novel ends in a good way, that is usually what happens. I am a fan of Rainbow Rowell’s writing and ATTACHMENTS is the epitome of Rowell, in my opinion. I think all the characters felt well-developed, which is a TASK in this novel because we only really know two of them through the emails they send. However, I felt like I knew Beth and Jennifer and really connected to them, which was amazing considering the format.

I liked everything about this novel — except the ending. I thought up until the last bit, the pacing was perfect. We got to know Beth and Jennifer in a slow but natural way and we saw Lincoln’s growth over time in a fashion that made sense. However, the ending was so rushed that I felt like it was a completely different novel. It almost felt as though Rowell knew what she wanted to happen, but didn’t necessarily know how to make it happen in a natural, timely way without extending the novel well past what readers would enjoy. The time skip and jump felt awkward in my opinion because it felt like we missed too much of all three of the main character’s lives to believe and fully understand what happened at the end.

But I did still really enjoy it! It was a cute contemporary novel about having a quarter-life crisis and moving on from one career path to another even if you still aren’t really sure about where you fully want to end up. I felt really connected to all three characters and their stories really resonated with me. I think the format and style was clever and that it was a good use of current (and past) technology. I highly recommend ATTACHMENTS if you are looking to venture into Adult Fiction.BAMF divider

In terms of ATTACHMENTS, I think Dani will appreciate the fact that one of the main characters works in IT but wants to do something else since that basically sums up her life. She will like the format of the emails vs the prose because it shakes things up a bit. Dani will also love the friendship between Beth and Jennifer because THEY ARE US. Dani will also like the romance (which I thought was the weakest part) and will eat up the mild interactions that the two characters have. Dani should have picked this one up a while ago, especially since she liked CARRY ON.

About Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

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