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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell Review

Title: Attachments

Author: Rainbow Rowell

First published April 14, 2011

323 pages, Hardcover

Rating: 3.88


“Dear reader, I’m the one who’ll introduce you to Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder. They work in the same newsroom with a belief that their work e-mails are being monitored.

But, they never take it seriously and continue sending each other funny e-mails about their personal lives. Lincoln O’Neill, on the other hand, is not thrilled with his job of reading people’s e-mails.

As an internet security officer, he expected to build up firewalls and protect the company from hackers, not read sports news and dirty jokes. But one day, Lincoln stumbles upon the e-mails of Beth and Jennifer and is captivated by their stories.

Despite knowing he should report this breach, he finds himself entertained by their conversations. As time passes, Lincoln realizes he’s in love with Beth, but it’s too late to introduce himself.

Want to know if Lincoln ever gets the chance to tell Beth how he feels? Dive into Rainbow Rowell’s Attachments, and join the characters on their journey of love, friendship, and hilarious e-mails.”

About the Author

Rainbow Rowell is a versatile writer, creating stories that span across different age groups. She has written books like “Attachments” and “Landline” that focus on adults, while “Eleanor & Park” and “Fangirl” explore the lives of teenagers.

However, she also delves into the realm of fantasy with “The Simon Snow Trilogy” which features love-struck vampires and dragon-winged characters.

Lately, Rowell has been exploring the comic book world with her first graphic novel “Pumpkinheads” and the Marvel series “She-Hulk”.

Rowell resides in Omaha, Nebraska and you can find more information about her and her work on her website, rainbowrowell.com.

Editoral Review

Attachments, written by Rainbow Rowell, is a heartwarming, humorous and engaging novel that explores love, attachment, and personal growth in the age of email, set in 1999. Rowell is an American author who is widely known for her young adult and contemporary fiction works.

With Attachments, she has ventured into adult fiction, delivering a light-hearted and witty novel that appeals to a wide range of readers.

The novel revolves around Lincoln, a thirty-something IT technician, who has been assigned the job of monitoring company emails for inappropriate content. In the process, he becomes intrigued by the email exchanges between two female employees, Beth and Jennifer.

As he delves deeper into their emails, he finds himself drawn to their witty banter and begins to develop feelings for Beth. The only problem is that he has never met her in person.

Attachments is a delightful novel that is easy to follow, and the characters are well-developed. Rowell has created a relatable story that resonates with readers as it explores themes of love, friendship, and self-discovery.

The setting of the novel in 1999 is particularly relevant in today’s society, where technology has taken over communication, making it easy to connect with others despite distance.

Rowell’s writing style is engaging, and her use of humor makes the novel a joy to read. She has crafted characters that are likable and easy to root for.

Lincoln is a lovable protagonist who is struggling with his own personal demons, and Beth and Jennifer are charismatic and endearing. The dialogue between the characters is witty, and their interactions are believable, making the reader feel like they are part of the story.

While the novel is a delightful read, it has some weaknesses. The plot is predictable, and the pacing is slow in parts, which may leave some readers feeling bored.

Additionally, the novel’s lack of diversity may be off-putting to some readers, as it centers around a white, heterosexual cast of characters.

In conclusion, Attachments is a charming novel that is well-written, engaging, and humorous. It is a perfect read for fans of contemporary romance and light-hearted fiction.

While it has some flaws, it is a delightful novel that is sure to leave readers with a smile on their faces. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a heartwarming and entertaining read.

I give Attachments a rating of four out of five stars.