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July 31, 2014

Book Review #2 - Attachments (Rainbow Rowell)

It's the last Thursday of the month and that means its the second month for the book review with Kari and I. Once again we did not promote it that well (its been a busy busy month for me and Kari both) but I promise you that we are getting our ducks in order and from next month we will be a lot more organized. After Friday I will have a lot more free time and a lot more time to devote to my poor neglected blog. So stay tuned and I hope you all stay interested. 

Anyhoo ... when I review books I try not to give away too much of what has happened especially if its a good book because I do want people to read it. So this review is more of my thoughts on the book while reading it and what I got out of the prose itself.

On to the review:

Rainbow Rowell

"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . "

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 . . . 

Ah I loved the book! This is only my second Rainbow Rowell read and it did not disappoint. I know I gave it four stars but that was because a book has to really impress me to get a full 5 star credit. It came close though I will tell you that much. But to earn that extra star it takes a lot. 

The book plain and simple read like a good romantic comedy. I absolutely love the point of view from which it was written. I tend to really love books that give a different perspective and this was one of those books. Without giving away too much, we are introduced to some of the main characters through email. The scene is set in a newsroom in 1999. It is essentially the comedic love story of Beth, who is a movie critic and Lincoln who works in the IT department and who sneakily (?) monitors conversations between Beth and her freind Jennifer. While this could have easily been considered creepy, it came across as endearing and really tugged on the emotional heartstrings of the reader. I loved that Lincoln fell for Beth through her emails and not in person. It was as though she was writing love letters him without knowing it. I was intrigued and happy when she herself started to fall for her 'cute' IT guy. It was like an old love story devoid of all the mianstream social media and typical communication. Although it was 1999, which in retrospect wasn't that long ago, it kind of felt like a trip back in time to when people fell in love simply and without complication ... and without meeting.

Rowell did a great job of developing the three main characters, Lincoln, Beth and Jennifer. I loved Lincoln. He was a bit stereotypical but I loved him. I have a habit of really getting into characters and I found myself rooting for him even though, lets be honest, intercepting personal emails is questionable at bestI also just loved Beth and Jennifer and more importantly their friendship and their banter.Their characters and stories were really developed by the reader, like Lincoln, through reading their personal e-mails back and forth and personally, I think that is genius. Some of those emails had me cracking up. I love that Rowell even developed some of the side characters like Doris and Lincoln's mom and we fell in love with them as well.

My main critique would be that although I loved Lincoln, I would have preferred perhaps if he wasn't the stereotypical IT guy i.e socially awkward, 28-year-old, who hadn't had a girlfriend since his high school relationship failed at 19. I do think however that what we have of Lincoln was developed so well that I was able to overlook this. Still, typical stereotypes tend to irk me a bit when reading. Personal preference. Also I would have liked just a little more at the end to glimpse into their blooming love story!

All in all though I would definitely recommend the book. Its a good one! And the author herself writes so well that I most certainly plan to be reading more of her.

Maybe I should have given it 5 stars...
“Every woman wants a man who'll fall in love with her soul as well as her body.” 

“I’d know you in the dark,” he said. “From a thousand miles away. There’s nothing you could become that I haven’t already fallen in love with.” 

“Wasn’t hitting bottom the thing you had to do to knock some sense into yourself? Wasn’t hitting bottom the thing that showed you which way was up?”

An Aussie author :)

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Happy Thursday!!


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  1. I'm with you - I was rooting for Lincoln the whole time too! Rainbow Rowell definitely knows how to write her character. And yay, so excited about the next book club pick! i'm a little behind on my book reviews post but will be posting my review next week :)

  2. oh I loved this book so much! so glad I had a deadline to read it, you know? otherwise I probably wouldn't have got my ass in gear lol. It was so good but I wanted more!

  3. That book sounds so good, adding it to my ever growing list.

  4. nice; now that i'm back into reading (holla!!) i'm looking for book recos. right now i'm reading Dr. Sleep and omfg so creepy but so good.

    Vodka and Soda

  5. This sounds so cute! Great review. I am going to put in on my Goodreads list!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  6. This was a wonderful book! One of my favorites! I am with younthatbI would have liked to see more of their story after finding each other! I will have to pick up the next book!!

  7. So glad we chose this! It was the perfect love story combined with an almost coming of age story. Kinda like a modern day Catcher in the Rye (my fav!) in my opinion. I so got Lincoln, he was my main man.
    I completely agree - I love how even Rainbow's secondary characters had personality and pizazz. I got to the end and I wanted to know more. More about how everyone turned out but definitely more of the love story. I got to the epilogue and was like "that's it?! Come on!!" Still nothing can ruin how I connected with Lincoln and his window that closed at 26 (fav quote). Word, Linc, word.

    Can't wait til next month. Yay us for finally getting it together!

  8. sounds like a book I need to check out!!! so awesome!

  9. I love love love this book! I actually liked that Lincoln was the stereotypical IT guy because I married the stereotypical IT guy and all his friends are the same. I don't think there is an IT guy that isn't those things to be honest! They all like video games, they are all a little awkward in their own way. Also, my husband and I also fell in love through email and text messages. We communicated that way for a few months before we met in person. So this love story really pulls at my heart. It makes me so happy to see others loving this book as well!

  10. I am reading Miss Peregrines home of Peculiar Children right now..I want to read this next!

  11. Adding this to the list (I've been SO slack with reading - damn life gets in the way). Great giveaway!

  12. I really enjoy Rainbow's writing, but I agree a book has to really grab me to get that five star rating. I also think her characters have all been very well developed. She just needs a little something more for me in each book to get that final star! I love your favorite quote section, I might have to start adding that to mine but I usually end up at the end of the book and have forgotten about all of the great ones!

  13. i've heard good things about the attachments - will need to check it out. i've been reading the goldfinch and i love it but i've been so busy that it's taking me forever!

  14. haven't read this, but read another one and it was ok. i'd give this a shot

  15. Wow! I want to read that book now! I don't really read that often because I'm lazy. I keep saying I need to get a book in my purse for times when I am waiting on other people but I've been too lazy for that as well. Save me! lol!


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