Book Club: Attachments


Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I read this book earlier this year (I think around March) but I'm only now getting to the book review! Rainbow Rowell has a cult following of young adult readers. While I don't read too much YA books, I read Attachments which was definitely for an older demographic. 

goodreads synopsis

"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 . . . ? 

My review

As mentioned earlier, I'm not always the biggest fan of YA fiction. Not because I think I'm too good for it, but a lot of the topics most YA writers explore feel a bit young to me...until I realize I'm in my late 20s and the audience of this book is supposed to be adolescents in their teen years. Not to say you can't enjoy those books when you're my age but I'm quite picky and I've found most YA books don't quite do it for me. 

I've given YA a chance in recent years though, just because it has boomed in popularity recently - I mean, I read The Hate U Give and it was amazing! I've read Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park a while back and liked it so I thought I'd ease into YA with her book for adults. 

Lincoln O'Neill moves back in with his mother after graduating the University of Nebraska by the turn of the century (1999). He has several degrees in various subjects with no real direction or ambitions of what to do with said degrees. He gets a job at a local newspaper as a night vetter of "appropriate" work emails. While he feels a pang of guilt at reading private correspondences, he begins to get absorbed in the exchanges of Features editor, Jennifer Scribner-Snyder and movie critic, Beth Fremont. He begins to fall in love with Beth but can't talk to her without revealing he has been reading her emails for the better half of a year. 

It's an interesting plot line and while there are a lot of details that happen in the book, it's a cute romantic story. The book is written half in narrative form and half in emails between the two women. It's interesting to say the least but what was more interesting was just how sucked into the plot I got! I found myself staying up late at night, thinking to myself, I know I have work tomorrow but just one more chapter! I need to know how this scenario ends! I was so invested in Beth and Lincoln's relationship, their 'will-they-or-won't-they situation, Lincoln's ex returning to the picture, and even Jennifer's relationship with her husband. I haven't felt that way about a book in a long time and safe to say, if I was in a reading funk before reading Attachments, I definitely wasn't before. I was on a reading high and I needed more books to fill the void.

There are moments when you can’t believe something wonderful is happening. And there are moments when your entire consciousness is filled with knowing absolutely that something wonderful is happening. Lincoln felt like he’d dunked his head into a sink full of Pop Rocks and turned on the water.
— Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell isn't the next Tolstoy, but her books definitely make me feel something deeply and for that, I have to recommend Attachments