Rainbow Rowell

Shelfie Score: 43%

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Publisher: Hachette UK
Pages: 320


A heartwarming and hilarious romantic debut about falling in love from afar. It's 1999 and for the staff of one newspaper office, the internet is still a novelty. By day, two young women, Beth and Jennifer, spend their hours emailing each other, discussing in hilarious detail every aspect of their lives, from love troubles to family dramas. And by night, Lincoln, a shy, lonely IT guy spends his hours reading every exchange. At first their emails offer a welcome diversion, but as Lincoln unwittin...

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Savannah Wallace

My review was originally posted on my Tumblr book blog:

Sell Me in a Sentence: The plot of your favorite contemporary set during Y2K/the late 90s.

Short Summary: Lincoln works in the IT department at a Nebraskan newspaper, where he is tasked with monitoring employee emails. When Jennifer and Beth’s emails keep getting flagged, Lincoln becomes engrossed in reading the two women’s exchanges. Hilarity and romance ensue.

Review: I loved this novel as I am a sucker for a good romantic comedy and think that every story could be improved with great dialogue. I love the style of this, as half of it is written in email format while the other is written in a normal, 3rd person narrative. The emails are an excellent way to develop witty, charming banter and they make Lincoln’s draw to Jennifer and Beth believable.

On first, second, or even third glance I was not a fan of Lincoln. I don’t enjoy reading about lazy and/or unmotivated characters because it differs vastly from my personal experience. However, this is not only a contemporary romance but also a story about growing up. Rowell’s characterization is such that you empathize with Lincoln’s feelings about women and independence while also knowing that in life, he deserves better. I didn’t emerge from this book with a huge crush on Lincoln, like I do with many characters in other romances, but I was happy to go along with him on his journey.

I love how Rowell inserts many, MANY late nineties references into the book, particularly movie references as Beth is the resident film critic at her newspaper. I was alive but not socially cognizant in the late 90s, so I did not understand ALL the jokes. However, there were ones that landed perfectly with me. I also enjoy how this book deals with sensitive cultural/political issues, particularly in the last eighty pages.

Minutes after reading, I gave this book 5 stars! On reflection two weeks later, I feel that Attachments was a 4.5 STAR book. For it to be a five star book, I would still need to be thinking about it weeks later. It was just a fun ride and not necessarily anything challenging, groundbreaking, nor cerebral.


Bookaxe Characteristics for Attachments

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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