by Rainbow Rowell
Blurb from Goodreads:
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 . . . ?
My Thoughts: I must be on a streak or something, because I have loved every book I have read lately! Attachments was my exploration into Rainbow Rowell’s writing, and all I have to say is that I now want all of her books, like yesterday! I was curious about how Rowell would have Lincoln and Beth fall in love with each other when they never physically meet for three quarters of the book. However, Rowell weaves together an excellent story, with protagonists that I absolutely fell in love with.
Lincoln is a kind, shy young man who, after several years at university, moves back home with his mom and takes a job as internet security, only to find that he has to monitor work email. When Beth Fremont’s and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder’s keep getting flagged, he finds himself liking them more and more, until one day he finds himself in love. Beth’s personality comes through wonderfully in the email format, and I can see why Lincoln is interested in her. She is witty, smart, a force to be reckoned with, and at the same time, breaks your heart.
Even though it is mainly a romance, there is also a focus on friends and family which I really enjoyed. You see how these influences on their lives has shaped some of the decisions that Lincoln and Beth have made in their work and relationships.
I found myself simultaneously laughing and crying at parts, and praying that when the two did meet, everything would work out. I also found myself yelling at the book when characters I loathed popped up to put a wrench in Lincoln and Beth’s romance. I have no idea why it took me so long to read one of her books, but I now plan on reading every single one of Rainbow Rowell’s books, both past and future. Her writing is wonderful.