REVIEW: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
“Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their e-mails, but like many, they don’t take it seriously. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period.
Lincoln hates that his job is to monitor their e-mails, but he’s captivated by Beth and Jennifer’s stories. In fact, he’s falling for Beth.
But how can he ever tell her: “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mails, and also, I love you…”
Dear Ms. Rowell,
The description of your debut book in an email from your publicist caught my interest. After all, this is the Age of Information and to see as the basis of a story is timely. I would also say that most people who have work email accounts or access the Internet there can sympathize with the fact that we’re told Big Brother is watching. Also, the way that Lincoln and Beth’s romance starts isn’t one I’ve ever seen used which made me wonder – how is she going to work this out? Plus it’s set in Nebraska! How many romance books have I read set in Nebraska? Not too damn many, I’m telling you.
I never thought I’d be loving a book in which the hero and heroine don’t actually see each other for 1/2 the book and don’t meet for – well, a while from then but darned if I wasn’t.
Self: But they haven’t even said hello yet.
Self: I know, I know but we’re still enjoying it. Or at least I am.
Self: Well, I am too you know. We’re in this together.
I fell for Beth for the same reasons that Lincoln does. She’s bright, funny, caring of her friends and family despite being forced into Bad Bridesmaid Dress number two. Or was it three? This part of the book has an almost chick lit feel to it as Jennifer and Beth gripe and moan and support each other through the ups and downs of their lives. Despite the fact that we don’t “see” Beth in person in the narrative until late in the book didn’t detract from my feeling that I knew her as well as Lincoln.
Lincoln heads towards geek territory a few times: D&D, lives with his mom, works in IT (at night). He could have turned into a scary loner type but didn’t. Instead he is revealed as a gentle soul who has loved and been loved before, who can blossom – now I feel strange using that word about him – with a little encouragement, who has friends and who is a friend. Thank God that he initially felt skeevy about reading peoples’ email – though all of us with company computers at work are aware it could happen and that in the end he deleted everything, and left the job before he and Beth even started a relationship. and that he came clean about it.
Beth did her own fair share of following Lincoln trying to discover who he was. But I’m glad that she also took care of the extraneous relationship before taking anything with Lincoln further. Both Beth and Lincoln still had some growing to do. Beth needed to accept that her long time boyfriend Chris wasn’t The One and get over him while the short but final meeting between Lincoln and his former girlfriend Sam proved to him that he was completely over her – had been for some time. And even then, the two of them got some more cooling off time before their relationship started. I LOVE the movie kiss and the former breakroom kiss.
The relationship between Lincoln’s mom and sister is odd. It remained unresolved to me why those two fight- just one of those relationships? The love is there but sometimes the like isn’t. But both obviously care for and about Lincoln and he cares for them back. Gotta love a man who loves and takes care of his mother. I needed more closure about Jennifer and her husband Mitch. Kudos to you for the chances you took with her and the baby. I can see that it might take Jennifer a while to forgive him – Lincoln.
I love the feel of the late night newspaper people plus the little details of working there. Night shifters are definitely a breed apart. The whole Y2K stuff is a blast from the past and trip down memory lane. A friend of mine has an acquaintance who went whole hog buying supplies for that including rifles, several boxes of ammo, a hazmat suit and even enough dog food for a year.
Another thing I truly enjoyed is the subtle humor and though I know tastes vary you had me literally laughing out loud several times. This even woke up my kitty once from his “draped over Mommy while she’s reading” snooze. The set up and style of this book plot took some guts but it works wonderfully and like your friend, I wanted to know what was going to come next too. In fact I wanted to know so much, I read the last 220 pages straight through in one gulp. “Attachments” is fresh and original and makes me want to see what you’ll write next. B+