Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Attachments

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Published: Orion April 2011

Synopsis: Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail. But the women still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period.  When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he’d be sifting through other people’s inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help but be entertained — and captivated — by their stories.  By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you”? After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart . . . even if he can’t see exactly where it’s leading him.

Status: Read on January 17, 2012

My Thoughts:

I saw a number of glowing reviews for Attachments from some bloggers I really admire last year and so when I spied the novel on the shelves at my library I snatched it up. A story of an unconventional romance, that is told in an equally unconventional manner, Attachments deserves the praise heaped upon it.

It is through a series of emails between Beth and Jennifer, both employees of a newspaper, that we get to know these two women. Despite a ban on using email for personal correspondence and the knowledge that their mail is being monitored, they chat candidly about a variety of subjects. Most notably, Jennifer is married and under pressure by her husband to consider starting a family while Beth’s relationship has stalled.
The novel though is from the point of view of Lincoln, the IT guy, recently graduated and back at home after seven years of college, Lincoln is lonely. Working a quiet night shift Beth and Jennifer’s missives are the highlight of his long work hours.  He has never been particularly comfortable with the idea of monitoring people’s email and he knows he should give Beth and Jennifer a warning, but he finds himself drawn in by their banter. He is particularly charmed by Beth’s wit, her support of her Jennifer, and her pop culture references and he finds himself falling in love with a girl he has never seen.

Whether or not Lincoln gets the girl, you need to discover it for yourself. With plenty of humour and heart, Attachments is such an engaging contemporary romance with wonderful and real characters.

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Romance Fiction Genre

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20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. laurelrainsnow
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 07:54:12

    I’m glad you liked this one…it’s on my wish list. Thanks for the great review.

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  2. 1girl2manybooks
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 09:37:34

    Awesome to see you were a fan of this one too Shelleyrae. It was one of my favourite reads of 2011 and I’ve been recc-ing it to everyone I can find!

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  3. copyrightguest
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 10:05:38

    Yay! Glad you liked it – I loved this book 🙂

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  4. diana mack
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 10:43:26

    loved this book..i esp loved tht they didn’t make lincoln out t be a creep he was just a nice guy

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  5. Allison (Allure of Books)
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 11:19:28

    I have never heard of this – but it sounds so charming! After the synopsis and your review, I’m definitely adding it to my list.

    How can you turn down something so original?

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  6. Stephanie @ Read in a Single Sitting
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 12:58:41

    Has this one been retitled? I think I remember reading about a book with the same premise in Publishers Weekly a year or so ago, but I’m sure it had a different title. Great concept, though!

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 23, 2012 @ 14:50:26

      Not that I know of Steph though this was released early last year – and there are a few different covers

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  7. mari (Bookworm with a View)
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 13:39:30

    I have read reviews for this book but only your review leaves me wanting to read it (yeah). I enjoy this format… can never remember the name of it.

    Glad you enjoyed it. I will find a copy.

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    • shelleyrae @ Book'd Out
      Jan 23, 2012 @ 14:51:52

      That’s a lovely thing to say Mari – the name of the format you are thinking of is epistolary

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  8. The Australian Bookshelf
    Jan 23, 2012 @ 17:49:00

    sounds like a lovely read Shelleyrae, i’m adding this to my TBR list!

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  9. Tea Time with Marce
    Jan 24, 2012 @ 04:45:39

    The fact that this is from Lincoln’s POV is hilarious to me, I have never seen or heard of this book, sounds like fun.

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  12. Swati Hegde
    Feb 08, 2014 @ 00:10:27

    In my opinion, Attachments was no Fangirl, but I still loved it to pieces. Rainbow Rowell is such an amazing author! I’m so glad I discovered her.
    Next stop, Eleanor & Park! 🙂

    Here’s the full review on my blog:
    http://geekie-chic.blogspot.in/2014/02/attachments-by-rainbow-rowell-book.html

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