Sunday, January 25, 2015

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Goodreads says:

"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 . . . ?

I have read Fangirl and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.  So I wanted to give Attachments a chance.

Attachments has been waiting patiently on my Nook collecting digital dust (if there is such a thing).  Attachments takes place during the 1990's in 1999-2000.  Wow in 1999 I was a sophomore in high school nursing a crush.

Anyway, back to the book...

This was around the time when people were all nervous about what would on New Year's Eve.  We are introduced to 28 year old Lincoln who is an internet security officer at The Courier.  In other words it is his job to monitor employee's emails and Internet activity.

At first glance, this sounds creepy to sit and read other people's email.  However, it is Lincoln's job to send warnings when something in their email triggers the filter.  This sounds different from reading other people's profiles on social media.  This statements is up for debate.  I am pretty sure of it.

So what is so great about reading other people's email?  Lincoln gets pulled in by Beth and Jennifer's emails.  I will admit that Jennifer and Beth's online conversations are quite funny. Lincoln develops a crush on Beth and he can't bring himself to send the ladies warnings about their use of company email.

But there is another layer to this story. Lincoln is 28, hates his job, and he still lives at home with his mom.  I think that some ladies would find this to be a problem or would label him a mama's boy.

Lincoln's mom smothers and feeds him all the time.  And she is very protective of him.  Lincoln's friends seem to be moving on with their lives but Lincoln.  Even his Dungeon and Dragons friends are starting their own families.

Yeah, I know Lincoln, I know the feeling.  In some ways, I can relate to Lincoln because my friends and associates are moving on-have careers, starting families, and so far.  And I have been feeling left behind.

The most interesting thing was how Lincoln decides to find an apartment and move out.  He gradually moves out of mom's house because he doesn't know how to tell her.

The email thing reminds me of  that movie You Got Mail.

Attachments reminds me of a romantic comedy is it was an actual movie.  It turned out to be a pretty good novel.  So I will give it 4 out of 5 stars.

4 out of 5 Stars
Personal digital copy purchased from Amazon

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