Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Book Blurb:

“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 . . . ?

Rayleigh’s Review:

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

Attachments is what would happen if The Office had a baby with Dearest Josephine (Caroline George). This Epistolary novel (storytelling through “letters”, in this case, emails) is hysterical, charming, and heartwarming. I laughed out loud at Beth and Jennifer’s exchanges and eventually sent one of my best friends a text to tell her that she was Beth and I was Jennifer and if she wanted to know what that meant, she’d just have to read it!

I loved the setting being in 1999 and the underlying suspense of what might happen in the offices and computer worlds after Y2K. Reading this book for the first time in 2022, it brought back a lot of nostalgia for me as emails were the primary way I kept in contact with my friends growing up. So I related to the ultra-long emails, as well as the one-word response emails. Their conversations were just so original and fun to read.

This is quite possibly the FIRST contemporary romance novel that I’ve read that was written exclusively from the man’s point of view. It actually surprised me at first, when I realized that I would only know as much about Beth as Lincoln himself did; from the emails. Lincoln’s romantic past, his relationships with his sister and mother, and his current job as “internet security” are the primary drives of the storyline and it definitely works. Lincoln plays D&D, he’s an introvert that gets dragged to parties by his extrovert friends, and he’s a hopeless romantic falling in love with someone he can’t have. Lincoln is the most charming part of this story and I’m so glad that he was the main character throughout all of it!

Attachments is for you if you like Insta-love and slow-burn romances!

Content warning: Cursing is pretty high (lots of f-bombs). Drinking and smoking are prevalent in the story. Lots of sexual inuendos and conversation topics, but the romance is clean–there are only a few kisses and they aren’t detailed.

Trigger warning: Miscarriage.


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