Review: Attachments

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

8909152Genre: Fiction, Chick Lit
Maturity Level: 5-
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆

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 . . . ?

You guys, I just can’t even right now. This is probably my favorite Rainbow Rowell book ever, and that’s saying something since I’m in love with them ALL. Seriously, there is not a single other author who I’ve given a five-star rating to EVERY. SINGLE. STINKING. BOOK. Her books are just perfect for me, like magic when I read. This one had me laughing out loud, literally sobbing, and kept me up all night dying to know what happens. 

One of the things about Rowell’s books is that they always feel kind of inevitable. Like, you know what’s going to happen all along because how could anything else happen? Attachments was NOT that way. Up until the very end I was on the edge of my seat, just dying because what if this is one of those books where it never works out? Like, what if I’m reading the book version of La La Land? How wrecked would I be?

And the way Rowell writes about romance is just heart-fluttering. I love that her books for adults are about first love and new love. I just adore the way she writes half the book in flashbacks, so you’re experiencing love, heartbreak, loss, and new love all at the same time. Her books give me ALL of the feels. All of them.

Like when I read Landline I was kind of surprised by how grown up Attachments was. Beth and Jennifer are dealing with very adult issues like trying to decide if they’re ready to have kids, or what if they never get married. All three characters are having quarter-life crisis of one sort or another, and since I’ve been kind of living through one too I really identified with them. I think I read this book at just the right time.

Jennifer and Beth are hilarious. I loved their friendship and the way they weren’t afraid to be lighthearted even when talking about big stuff. It was a lot of fun watching them rag on each other, but you know they’re always there for each other. Lincoln is a little pathetic, but watching him figure that out and grow up was so heartwarming! Also, he’s very kind, and y’all know I’m a sucker for a kind protagonist!

The narrative style was really interesting. So the book is written 100% from Lincoln’s perspective, but you see the emails that he sees between Jennifer and Beth. But only the ones caught by the web filter. So you get to know those two women in a very intense way, but you don’t know the whole story about them or what’s going on in their lives necessarily. There is one big moment where they’re both silent for a few weeks, and Lincoln doesn’t know what’s going on so the reader doesn’t know what’s going on. But I had a guess, and that was the point where I was up all night worrying about the characters.

The Y2K setting was really interesting for this book as well! It was really fun revisiting 1999 in hindsight, especially laughing about how slow the newspaper was to adopt the internet. It’s just hilarious to think they were getting on to employees about using work email for personal business in light of texting. It was a refreshing look on the past with just the right amount of nostalgia.

And God, just so ROMANTIC. I was sitting over here swooning. I would highly recommend Attachments to people who want to read a good sex-free chick flick. I adored everything about it.

8 thoughts on “Review: Attachments

  1. I haven’t read all of Rainbow Rowell’s books but I’m slowly getting through them. The friendship sounds amazing and I’m glad you loved this one!

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