I think a new book has been added to my “Top 20 Books of All Time” list. It’s “ATTACHMENTS” by Rainbow Rowell.
This was a book I couldn’t put down. I had a very busy weekend and lots of other things I was supposed to be doing. But I kept grabbing my Kindle and reading this book. To me, that’s the sign of a great one, yeah?
Here’s the book synopsis from Amazon:
“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 book was written in 2011 and I’m, like, legit mad that I haven’t heard of it and read it until now. Grrr . . .
The story is unique, the characters SO well-written (I want to meet Lincoln’s mom – and eat her cooking!), and it has a main character you can love. Sure, Lincoln has his issues. At one point, I wanted to send him to the doctor for some depression meds. But he’s so stinkin’ likeable, you can’t help but root for him to figure it all out by book’s end.
The friendship between Beth and Jennifer, told entirely in e-mails, is touching and real. The sub-plots involving fighting against inevitable motherhood, being the band-boy’s girlfriend, and Lincoln’s varied friendships that sustain him are engaging and full of people you’d love to meet and have a coffee with someday.
And I laughed out loud. A lot.
This book wasn’t overly happy or overly sad, it was just real everyday life. I would highly recommend this book and am now seeking out other novels to read by RAINBOW ROWELL. Immediately after finishing “Attachments”, I downloaded “ELEANOR & PARK” and I’m sure ““LANDLINE”“ will be next.
And I found her blog. And followed her on Twitter. Yep, I have become her “FANGIRL”. (Ugh, sorry! It had to be done).
If you’d like to read “Attachments” by Rainbow Rowell, you can find both the paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon, along with her other 3 novels. Currently, the Kindle versions other than “Landline” are under $5 – which I love because I’m cheap, LOL. But you know Amazon, that could change at any time.