Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell



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GoodReads Summary:

“Hi, malady 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 . . . ?

My Review:

I honestly am beginning to think that Rainbow Rowell can do no wrong. She amazed me with Eleanor and Park and absolutely blew my mind with Fangirl and she made me fall in love over and over and over again with Attachments.

I made a resolution this year (part of my ten bookish resolutions) that I would try to read more adult books. Well, here it goes world: an adult book. Okay, its a little bit cheating because its by an author whose YA books I adore but whatever, it totally counts.

I was really excited to read Attachments because it kind of reminded me of Meg Cabot’s Boy series (The Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl, Every Boy’s Got One) because those books are written all in email, instant messaging, journals, etc. I love those books so I was happy to dive into this book.

And I LOVE IT. I love this book so much. I love the balance of characters. Beth and Jennifer are only seen through their email interactions. We get nothing else from them except for their emails, and yet, we really get to know them. You get such a good view of their characters, their personalities and their lives just from their emails and I give mad props to Rainbow for accomplishing that. That is no easy feat.

Then we get Lincoln’s point of view, which is normal third person (past? I can’t remember), and, not only do we get his life and his story, but we get our impressions of Jennifer and Beth through him as well. It is a story of three characters told through emails and the narrative of one character and it works so beautifully. Lincoln is an incredible character, real and honest, and I can’t help falling in love with him, and falling in love with Beth with him.

What I really love, and what I’m probably missing out on by reading all YA all the time, is the very real adult issues going on in this book, the sort of issues that I’m starting to go through as an adult: the pressure to get married, the pressure to have kids, the pressure to find a ‘real’ job, the pressure to move out on your own, that sort of thing. I felt like I had something in common with all the characters, and it felt so real to me. I will continue to love YA as my baby but I must admit it felt so good to read about characters closer to my age, going through the sorts of things that I am going through now. It felt very real to me.

Attachments is a beautiful story of growing up, growing up as an adult, and finding love in the strangest of places. It made me laugh, it made me tear up, and it made my heart flutter with the cute love story. You’ll definitely enjoy this book and I so highly recommend it.


5 out of 5 Stars

YALL Fest Interview: Rainbow Rowell

Disclaimer: This was supposed to be posted yesterday and I apologize that it wasn’t. Sometimes school gets in the way of, what is ed like, shop remembering stuff haha. 

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Today’s YALL Fest Interview is with none other than Rainbow Rowell.


Rainbow has written adult novels such as Attachments, story and her upcoming novel, Landlines. She has been garnering a lot of attention lately due to her two YA titles, Eleanor and Park and Fangirl, both of which I’ve reviewed on this blog and can be read by clicking on the title.

She is also doing some events in the next few months, besides YALL Fest, so you can check that out here.

Enjoy this short interview :)

Q: What one thing do you need to have when you write?

A: Lip Balm

Q: Describe your book in five words.

A: Fangirl: Earnest, snowy, swoony, minty, bookish

Q: What is the hardest line to write-the first or the last?

A: The first! The whole first page is a nightmare. I want people to just skip it. And I always end up rewriting it.

Q: Best writing tip you ever received?

A: “Just finish your book.”

Q: What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?

A: Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt. I think it would have made me feel less alone.

Q: Where is your favorite place to write?

A: At coffee shops. In giant overstuffed chairs.

Q: What are you working on now?

A: I’m revising my adult novel, Landline, which comes out in Spring 2014, and playing with a romance/political/tragicomic fantasy

Q: What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?

A: I write mostly contemporary. I read mostly fantasy.

Q: At what point in the development of an idea do you know it will become a full length novel?

A: All my ideas are full length novels. I have a hard time narrowing my scope.

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I hope you enjoyed this interview with the wonderful Rainbow Rowell. Tune in Wednesday for another YALL Fest Interview!