Saturday, January 7, 2012

Review: Attachments

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Chick-lit, Contemporary Fiction
Pages: 321 (Hardback)
Source: Won in a giveaway
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Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail. But the women still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can't seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he'd be sifting through other people's inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can't quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can't help but be entertained-and captivated- by their stories. But by the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? "Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you." After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it's time to muster the courage to follow his heart . . . even if he can't see exactly where it's leading him. Written with whip-smart precision and charm, Attachments is a strikingly clever and deeply romantic debut about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Even if it's someone you've never met

My Rating:
My Review:

I don't think it is possible to describe the humor and absolute charm of this book.  It is absolutely fab-tastic.  At first Lincoln seems like an average guy who lives with his mom and isn't really motivated to do anything.  Doesn't really sound like a character you could love but as the story continues we find that Lincoln is in a funk.  He has multiple degrees and just doesn't know what he wants to do with his life.  He also seems to suffer from low self-esteem.  He is really really sweet.  Jennifer and Beth are best friends and co-workers who get through their days by sending emails and chatting about their lives.  They both have grand sense-of-humors and the exchanges are both meaningful and funny.  Surprisingly Lincoln, Jennifer, and Beth's lives touch and it makes for a truly awesome and endearing story.  Oh and did I mention funny?  Very cute and funny.

I loved loved this book!  It felt so real and I was so invested in each of the characters.  I don't typically prefer contemporary fiction because if you don't read it at the right time, the references seem to become dated.  This one is set in 1999 during the Y2K business.  I don't think it can ever become dated.  I loved how Lincoln grew from the beginning to the end.  There were many great side characters as well.  Doris, the co-worker with whom he shares his lunch, is the sweetest thing ever.  Lincoln's mom and sister were interesting and so realistic.  What can I say, I really loved everything about this book.  All the personalities were fantastic and the humor was amazing throughout.  Oh and there are many references to old movies which I love.

I recommend this to people who love good books :)

P.S.  I'm probably going to have to re-write this review because I don't sound the best when I'm gushing.

Have you read this book?  What did you think?
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  1. Dar(Peeking Between the Pages)January 26, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    This definitely sounds like a book I'd love. Im off to see about it. I imagine some clicking on Amazon may be going on soon. Lol.

  2. I love when you gush! And this one sounds like a must read to me. Adding to my TBR list.

  3. I completely agree with you - I LOVED this book! You're right that Rowell didn't make the book seem dated, and that anyone who likes good books will enjoy this. I can't wait to read whatever she writes next.

  4. I'm like that with so many so I understand. Hopefully you get to it.

  5. I know! I always ignore those warnings. Maybe I shouldn't. Lol. It is super cute though.

  6. This blurb made me laugh--we wonder who's reading our emails (our school district is constantly warning us that "nothing's private" blah, blah, blah). Now, if it were a sweet nerd, I might write some racier stuff...
    This sounds really cute.

  7. Lol. I'm mad I waited too. I forgot it in my Best of lists of 2011 too! I'm so mad at myself. I definitely can't wait to read more by Ms. Rowell as well.

  8. Lincoln really transformed in my mind as I read. Ms. Rowell did a fantastic job unveiling his character.

  9. I’ve been waiting for your review for ages!!! You sure kept me waiting!! It was a great book, wasn’t it?! I keep recommending it because the love story, but mostly the friendship was so real and endearing. I’m so glad you liked it, can’t wait to read more by this author.

  10. This sounds perfect for me and I love those little quirky books like this. Lincoln sounds like a great character, and I love that he fields e-mails though he is way overqualified for that job. Makes him seem down to earth and human. Nice review...and I like the gushy reviews. They make me feel how much you really liked the book.

  11. AGREED! This was such a fantastic book - cute and sweet, original and quirky, fun and awesome. I borrowed it from the library when I read it, I really need to buy me own copy.

  12. I know. I immediately went to her website to see what was next. I will definitely be reading her next book.

  13. It looks better in person. Lol. But it still isn't awesome. It fits the story at least.

  14. I just picked this up at the library yesterday and am looking forward to reading it!

  15. You sold me on it! I'm so going to buy it!
    I feel silly when I gush too, but sometimes that's the only way to say what you mean!

    Thanks for spotlighting this book.

  16. Wow..bad cover (being evil here, but it is), I am a shallow shallow reader, bad bad me

  17. CoffeebooksandlaundryJanuary 26, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I've been wanting to read Attachments for awhile now. I bought a copy and now it sits on my shelves unread, funny thing is I was pining for it forever. I hope to get to it soon.

  18. I have heard about this book but always forget to look for it when I'm at the library or bookstore. Will definitely be on the lookout for after your great review!


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