Lincoln works nights as an Internet security officer at The Courier. He helped install WebFence – a program that monitors how everyone in the office uses the Internet and Intranet. Lincoln’s job is to monitor WebFence, which means reading any email that is flagged for things like nasty words, and then sending warnings to anyone who violates company policies.
Beth and Jennifer work at The Courier and email each other all day long. Much of their email is flagged by WebFence; Lincoln finds himself fascinated with their correspondence and begins to fall for Beth. But she doesn’t know him at all so he can’t figure out how to approach her.
After loving Eleanor and Park and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I decided to go back and read her first book, Attachments, and I’m glad I did! It may not have been as nuanced as Eleanor and Park or Fangirl but I still thought it was lighthearted, cute, and fun! It did make me think about how difficult it can be for young people to connect in our world of technology.
Lincoln would be a professional student if he could get away with it. After earning several college degrees, he’s back at home, living with his mom, wondering where his life is going. He hates his job and feels like a jerk reading everyone’s email. Then, he finds himself looking forward to seeing what Beth and Jennifer have to say. When he realizes he’s falling for Beth, he has no idea how things could possibly work out since he already knows her most intimate thoughts and she knows nothing about him.
The story is told from Lincoln’s point of view, alternated with emails from Beth and Jennifer. I found it to be a quick, fun read and thought it was just delightful! I’m definitely a fan of Rowell’s and can’t wait for her next book!