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Review: Attachments

June 17, 2014


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!

Review copy provided by Penguin Books.  I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
24 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2014 7:14 am

    I have this on my shelf – might try to fit it in between review books if its a fast read. Glad you enjoyed it!

  2. June 17, 2014 7:30 am

    I loved this too. I am looking forward to reading her newest.

  3. Beth F permalink
    June 17, 2014 7:44 am

    *ducking my head in shame*: I haven’t yet read Rainbow Rowell. This summer, I promise.

  4. June 17, 2014 8:18 am

    I really need to read Rainbow Rowell! Hoping to start with Eleanor & Park this summer…

  5. June 17, 2014 9:27 am

    I keep seeing good reviews of her books. One of these days, I’m going to have to get a hold of one – with the operative words being “one of these days!”

  6. Patty permalink
    June 17, 2014 10:04 am

    This sounds like a must read!

  7. June 17, 2014 10:54 am

    This one was my first read by Rainbow Rowell…I went on to download Fangirl (which I haven’t read yet!), but then I read and loved Landline. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  8. June 17, 2014 12:29 pm

    I am glad you liked this one, Kathy. I like the sound of this one and am sure one day I’ll be reading it too!

  9. June 17, 2014 12:48 pm

    Yay I’m glad you enjoyed this! Hope you like Landline too.

  10. talesofwhimsy permalink
    June 17, 2014 1:54 pm

    I loved this one too.

  11. June 17, 2014 2:17 pm

    I purchased FanGirl, but haven’t read it yet. Attachments sounds great. Thanks for your review.

  12. June 17, 2014 3:13 pm

    Sounds cute! I’m curious about what was in those e-mails. =)

  13. June 17, 2014 6:52 pm

    I liked this one too. I have read all of her books except her newest one.

  14. June 17, 2014 8:32 pm

    I loved this one, too -hoping to read Landline soon.

  15. June 17, 2014 9:56 pm

    Like you, I thought this one was cute. I wasn’t as head-over-heels about it as I was Fangril, but it was still and engaging read.

  16. sandynawrot permalink
    June 18, 2014 6:54 am

    I really liked this one too. I didn’t feel it was as precious as Fangirl and E&P but totally cute. I listened to it on audio, and they did a good job!

  17. June 18, 2014 7:16 am

    I haven’t yet read Rainbow Rowell, but I have given two of her books to my nieces. Glad you liked this one too.

  18. June 18, 2014 5:19 pm

    Need to find time to get on the Rainbow bandwagon!

  19. June 18, 2014 9:49 pm

    I enjoyed this one just as much as Eleanor & Park. However, I didn’t care as much for her latest (Landline), which felt a little too silly and unbelievable. But I still plan to read Fangirl! She’s a fun author and I enjoy all the references to Lincoln and Omaha.

  20. jmcguin7 permalink
    June 19, 2014 4:17 pm

    This is on my TBR list so I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  21. June 19, 2014 7:11 pm

    I’m glad I read this Rainbow Rowell first, because it was just such a fun read and it introduced me to Rainbow. I don’t know which one of the three is my favorite, but I can tell you so thrilled to read Landline!

  22. June 22, 2014 6:23 pm

    So glad that you liked this one! This is the first Rainbow Rowell book I read and it actually is still my favorite. I do think Fangirl and Eleanor and Park are better written but this book held my attention the most.

  23. Jennifer permalink
    June 24, 2014 1:16 pm

    I really need to get on the Rainbow Rowell train. I keep hearing so many amazing things about her works. I have Elanor and Park on my iPad. My sister and I were going to read it together and book club it but then time and work seemed to get in the way.

    I’m going to text her a soft nudge to get reading!

  24. bookingmama permalink
    June 24, 2014 3:15 pm

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book!

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