It was bizarrely difficult to find a book with someone who works on a help desk that I hadn’t already read. Initially all I could think of was Ready Player One (which I’ve read over and over and adore), so Reddit came to my rescue & recommended Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I’d never actually read any of her novels before, which seems amazing to me given their geeky subject matter. This definitely won’t be my last – she’s a fantastic writer and I plan to read Fangirls & Carry On later in the year.
Synopsis (from GoodReads)
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 I Loved
Look let’s be honest – the concept for this novel sounds a little um, well, stalkery for lack of a better term. Somehow Rowell has managed to make Lincoln come off as just somewhat socially awkward and more than a little bit sweet instead. It’s a super cute fun book with a story that seems ready made for a quirky romantic comedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Noel Wells. I particularly loved the fact that the main character wasn’t sprung or found out – instead he confessed to what he’d done wrong. It’s a small thing but so many of these type of novels rely on deceit to get their couples together, so Lincoln’s honesty was really refreshing. Attachments is a definite must read for everyone – it’s just a lovely story.
What I Didn’t Love
The characters are all really well drawn, even those on the peripherary of the story. I know that sounds like a compliment but hear me out. It means we needed more time with these characters, and the book could have been a bit longer to accommodate this. Jennifer’s story was just as interesting as either of the two leads and I think the book would have benefited from her getting a bit more air time, rather than just using her to push forward Beth’s narrative. By the end, the story wasn’t just about Beth and Lincoln and it made me sad not to have an ending for Jennifer.
My Rating: (4.5 / 5)