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 . . . ?
Written in both third person and through email correspondence, Attachments was a book that I added straight to my favourites shelf after reading it. I loved the way it was written, I loved the characters; I loved everything about it.
I was immediately drawn into the book and loved Beth and Jennifer straight away. Their emails really added a humorous tone to the book and I’d be happy to read a book entirely about their emails.
I think the novel thing about this book (excuse the pun) is that it’s set in a time when people didn’t have smart phones to hand and WiFi. I was also pleased because one of the emails in the book was sent on the day I was born and so that made me very happy.
As I’ve already read Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, this was the last of Rowell’s books that I had to read so I don’t know how I’m going to wait until Spring 2014 for her next, Landlines.
chrissireads8 July, 2013 at 5:17 am
I’m really looking forward to reading this book this summer!
maya8 July, 2013 at 8:11 am
I love the concept of this book! I’ve been hearing heaps about Rainbow Rowell recently but hadn’t heard of Attachments (which I’ve just added to my list of books I want to read, by the way) so thanks for the review!
Zoe Crook8 July, 2013 at 12:10 pm
Aww, I’m glad Attachments cheered you up when you were ill! I know the feeling, when Eleanor & Park and Shadow and Bone came through the letterbox, it made me really happy. Books always make life brighter! 😀
I need to read this one, as well as Fangirl. I can’t believe you have to wait a whole year for Landlines – how will you cope?! Great review, Lucy. You’ve definitely persuaded me to read this book. 🙂
So Many Books, So Little Time8 July, 2013 at 11:16 am
This sounds brilliant! I really have to get my hands on her books…
Anya8 July, 2013 at 5:39 pm
I don’t think I’ve heard of this but great review, I really need get my hands on it! And thank god for books making you feel better 😀
Hollie8 July, 2013 at 8:24 pm
I loved this book! I think my favourite thing about it was the fact that it was set in the late 1990’s. And I loved the emails, they were so fun to read. Great review!
Carole8 July, 2013 at 10:35 pm
Hi Lucy, I just noticed this review and wondered if you would like to link it in to the current monthly collection of books that people loved on Carole’s Chatter. This is the link There are already over 25 great books linked in that you might be interested in. It would be super if you came on over. Cheers
Rebekah Campbell8 July, 2013 at 10:40 pm
Aw no! I’m sorry you’re not feeling well 🙁 but yaaaay for a new favourite 😀 Rainbow has some serious talent!
Tilly Currer9 July, 2013 at 3:32 pm
Best time to get new books is when you’re ill! Glad you liked it, I keep hearing a lot about Rainbow Rowell, I’ve heard of both fangirl and eleanor and park–both getting fantastic reviews. Brilliant review! Hope you’re feeling better <3
Jen (Books and Other Happy Ever Afters)10 July, 2013 at 12:36 am
Ahh, I just finished Eleanor & Park last week and I have to say that Rainbow’s writing style is definitely unique and it stands out. I’m pleased to hear that it’s the same way in Attachments! I can’t wait to see how she intertwines the emails into the story. EEP this one just sounds so good, I’m so happy you loved it! Beautiful review, Lucy!
Jack Dwyer11 July, 2013 at 2:18 pm
I want to read this so much! I have Eleanor and Park and I can’t wait to start it. Great review, Lucy! Is happy you enjoyed it! 🙂