“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 . . . ?”
Miss Riki’s Review:
Sometimes you just need a light read that is guaranteed to make you smile, and thank goodness I downloaded ATTACHMENTS right in time. This was my first novel by Rainbow Rowell, but it certainly won’t be my last. (In fact, I have FANGIRL and ELEANOR & PARK sitting right here!)
I loved the way this story was laid out, with Beth and Jennifer’s storylines being played out via e-mail messages. They have such a wonderful, witty banter going through their daily messages and I loved hearing about their lives as a third party privy to a secret correspondence. Since the reader is seeing the e-mails exactly as they’re being sent between the two women it’s like spying on two best friends who tell each other absolutely everything, and wow, it’s juicy! It’s easy to like these two women and want things to work out for them.
But the best part of the story isn’t just the e-mails between Jennifer and Beth. It’s the guy who’s getting paid to read them! Lincoln is such a darling character with all of the wonderful social awkwardness of a man who works the night shift and lives at home with his mother. The beautiful thing about him is seeing how he blossoms into his own man as he slowly falls in love with Beth and makes his way in the world. Any creepiness that might be associated with an IT guy lurking in the night, reading your emails and falling in love is quickly erased by the fact that he’s just so damned endearing. Instead of getting a crazy stalker vibe, you get the idea that Lincoln really respects Jennifer and Beth. He’s not just falling in love with Beth as a beautiful woman, but he is falling in love with her as a well-rounded human being.
If you’re looking for a light read with wonderful, quirky characters and a happy ending, get your hands on ATTACHMENTS. Rowell’s writing style is fun and lighthearted and her characters are real and flawed. ATTACHMENTS is a testament to not only romantic love, but the real bonds of female friendship as well.