Book Review – Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

September 14, 2013 Bonnie Adult, Book Reviews, Read in 2013 17 Comments

Book Review – Attachments by Rainbow RowellAttachments by Rainbow Rowell
Published by Dutton Adult on April 14th 2011
Length: 336
Genres: Chick-Lit, Contemporary Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Landline, Eleanor & Park

five-stars

"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 . . . ?

This is not a genre that I typically jump for but I was in dire need of some serious fluff since I had finished The Book Thief and Rose Under Fire in the same day. Plus, I haven’t heard anything other than amazing things about Rainbow Rowell.

Attachments was an absolute treat and I really loved it. The chapters alternate between Jennifer and Beth’s conversations over e-mail which are written in the form of almost instant messages and then normally written chapters from the point of view of Lincoln. Lincoln was a charming character but Jennifer and Beth were the absolute frosting on the cake. Extremely witty and entertaining, Jennifer and Beth were two girls that I would love to be friends with. Jennifer is married and currently having issues dealing with a husband that wants to start having children while she’s still not sure. Beth is in a long-term relationship with a guitarist in an up and coming band and wants to settle down but she doesn’t think he’ll ever want to. Their conversations were constantly cracking me up. Here’s an example of how Jennifer and Beth’s chapters appear and a little snippet of the humor.

Jennifer to Beth
Now that I think about, we’ve known each other six years, and I’ve never seen you in a bathing suit. Or a tank top.
Beth to Jennifer
Not a coincidence, my friend. Iv’e got the arms of a Sicilian grandmother. Arms for picking olives and stirring hearty tomato sauces. Shoulders for carrying buckets of water from the stream to the farmhouse.
Jennifer to Beth
Has Chris seen your shoulders?
Beth to Jennifer
He’s seen them. But he hasn’t seen them.
Jennifer to Beth
I get it, but I don’t get it.
Beth to Jennifer
No sleeveless negligees. No direct sunlight. Sometimes when I’m getting out of the shower, I shout, “Hey, look, a bobcat!”
Jennifer to Beth
I bet he falls for that every time.
Beth to Jennifer
It’s Chris. So recreational drugs are a factor.

And my favorite, because I’m a total Jennifer.

Jennifer to Beth
Even construction workers don’t whistle at me.
Beth to Jennifer
That’s because you ooze preemptive leave-me-alone death rays.

Lincoln was an interesting main character since I can’t recall the last Chick-Lit type novel I read that featured a male character. It was a success though. Lincoln is in his late 20’s and has just graduated (again) from college and has moved back home to live with his mom. He plays Dungeons & Dragons on the weekend, doesn’t like to go out to bars and is terrible at connecting with females. He stumbles upon Jennifer and Beth’s emails in the course of his daily job duties and while they were clearly violating the personal email rule he never reported them. Instead, he continued reading about their lives that interested him in a way he couldn’t understand. While I was anxious to find out what happens when the two finally do meet, the ending was a bit overly mushy and leaned a bit too much towards ‘perfect’.

Attachments is a charming and adorable tale of finding love in the least expected ways and a touching story of female friendship.

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17 Responses to “Book Review – Attachments by Rainbow Rowell”

  1. Kimberly

    This one sounds really cute and hilarious. I think I saw this one at my local library branch so I'm going to try to borrow it and give it a go. Great review!
    – Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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  2. veganyanerds

    I've wanted to read this for so long (I even have a copy) and now you've reminded me with your wonderful review!

    Also finished both The Book Thief and Rose Under Fire in a day – major heartbreak!
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  3. Ellis

    Ha, their conversations are hilarious. I wasn't particularly interested in this, but I really wanted to read it now. The "too perfect" ending worries me a bit, though. I've seen this happening a lot, especially in contemporary. It's not that I want characters to suffer (okay, sometimes I totally do) but it annoys me when it's a 100% HEA and all their issues are solved.
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  4. Heidi

    This sounds too cute. I just reviewed Fangirl and I really liked it. I am definitely wanting to read more of this author's work and I hadn't heard of this one. I am going to see if I can snatch it up at my library next week!
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  5. miss_bonnie13

    hahaha Oh, but I am a total cynic. That's why I went with her adult book and not her much loved YA novels. I'm tempted to give Fangirl a shot but I'm really not sure if either Fangirl or E&P will be my style. Her next book is a big girl (adult) book too! Landline. Or something like that. πŸ™‚

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  6. miss_bonnie13

    This is my first read of hers and I loved it! Have yet to read Fangirl and E&P yet though. Someday. πŸ™‚

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  7. miss_bonnie13

    I think I'll have to try Fangirl next. I wasn't completely sold on either one of her YA books that's why I went with this one. πŸ™‚

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  8. miss_bonnie13

    Yes the too perfect ending really irritated me but… the rest of the book was so lovely that I was a bit more forgiving. It was big-time HEA but it was still worth the read. πŸ™‚

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  9. darlingmisswendy

    Heh, well…zombie lovers have a pretty practical view of the world, I think. πŸ˜‰

    Yeah, I'm not sure about either Fangirl or E&P either, and those are the ones I have! Some people who say they couldn't get into E&P loved Fangirl, but I am still unsure, because I relate to some fangirl things but not most of them, especially fanfiction. But someone told me to just skip over those parts, hah.

    Anyway, still a good sign for me that you enjoyed. Not to be shallow, but I was also wary of the covers. I LIKE them, they are just very cute…and I didn't know if the stories would end up being too cute for me, too.

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  10. darlingmisswendy

    I have to admit I am a bit nervous about trying out a Rainbow Rowell book because there is SO much love for her in the blogosphere–and I didn't know if my cynical heart was going to appreciate it, you know? So I'm thrilled to see you enjoyed this so much! Um…not that I'm calling you a fellow cynic or anything.
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  11. Christina Reads YA

    This is the book that you mentioned with the preemptive leave-me-alone death rays!

    I want a book of serious fluff too. I might just get this since I loved Fangirl and Eleanor & Park. While I haven't read the Book Thief and Rose Under Fire like you, something like this could really help with the mood I'm in.

    Oooh, huh, sounds like the format of Attachments is similar to the format in Fangirl – the alternating fanfiction vs. alternating email conversations and one character's third person POV. Rowell is really good at creating compelling characters, but I haven't seen as compelling a female friendship from her as it sounds like this has. I loved the email excerpts you featured…

    I haven't read many chick lit type of novels, but I agree – you probably wouldn't see many featuring the male character. Hahaha a Dungeons and Dragons MC? Don't think I've ever read about that, but it seems like Rowell likes to write about nerdy protagonists haha. Ahhh but mushy and perfect endings might be the best part for a really fluffy read. I think I'm going to go buy this one!
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  12. Rory

    So I have to read this now because of:

    <<Jennifer to Beth>>
    Even construction workers don't whistle at me.
    <<Beth to Jennifer>>
    That's because you ooze preemptive leave-me-alone death rays.

    That – exactly. I'm in need of fluff. I'm not depressed right now, but I can feel myself hovering around the edge of it. I need something fluffy and happy. I like the idea of falling in love via email, because (let's face it) I'm much funnier via email than I am in real life. It'd give me that extra edge.
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