Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

8th August 2011

*I got this book from my library after reading about it on nearly every blog for the last several months.

My best friend Sommer is so funny – I mean she has me literally laughing out loud all over the place when we talk. And thankfully, she loves to read. However, she’s a bit more in to romance, and if you’ve been around for a while, you know my former issues and newfound love of an occasional romance. So when Sommer asked me this weekend for a really good book recommendation, I knew exactly what to tell her:  Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. It is far from a romance novel; however, it is a great book with elements of romance:

The people in Lincoln’s life think he is a bit of a dud. He’s 28, plays Dungeons & Dragons, and lives at home with mom, a fact his sister Eve can’t get over. But Lincoln is stuck. He had his heart broken young, and he just doesn’t quite know how to date or when to find the time. He spends his nights working for the local newspaper as an Internet security guy in 1999, building up to Y2K. In 1999, Lincoln was the guy everyone feared. When email gets flagged for words like “naked” or “menstruation,” Lincoln has to read the emails and send warnings to the offenders. It’s a cush job, but Lincoln feels badly about it, especially when Beth (a movie reviewer) and Jennifer (a copyeditor) get flagged. The two friends are not doing anything harmful; they just talk about their lives, and slowly, Lincoln gets hooked – especially by Beth – and latches onto the friendship in a way only a lonely, D&D-playing guy can.

I cannot quite tell you how much I really loved this book. Perhaps it’s because the romance is subtle and sweet. Or maybe it’s because the epistolary style of the emails, which can be so difficult to pull off, grabbed me just like it did Lincoln. Or maybe, as Jo says in her review, it’s because I liked Jennifer and Beth so much. Beth was a child of the 90s like I am, and there are some great pop culture references. Plus, the emails are funny and heartwarming, and the friends reminded me very much of my best friends, several of whom I met on the job.

All in all, Attachments was a purely enjoyable read; it’s funny, quirky, and I loved it.

Read this: in a bubble bath or with a glass of wine at your side.

Other reviews:

Read the Book

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  • This was a book I was late to say yes to for a book tour and I regretted it! I love the idea of this story, thanks for the reminder to track down!

    • Yes, definitely track it down. It was so good.

  • I’ve been wanting to try reading this for a while! I think I saw it at the library a little while ago, I should have grabbed it. Shame on me. I’ll get to it soon. Great review!

    • That’s where I picked it up! I was so excited to see it on the “new” bookshelves, and I grabbed it up in a hurry. Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy it.

  • I’m not real into romance but this sounds so perfect for someone who’s so-so on the whole idea of romance novels. I really wish I could head over to the library and pick it up right now.

    • It really is. I wish you could just pick it up, too. It’s just such a great little book. It’s the type that really lifts your spirits when you finish reading it, but not in a cheesy way.

  • I’m so getting this — it sounds adorable and I love epistolary novels.

    • It really is. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Iliana

    I so enjoyed this book too. It may just end up being one of my favorite reads of the year. I loved how quirky Lincoln is and loved the friendship aspect in the book. Glad you enjoyed it as well!

    • Same here! The friendship was great. Plus, I’m single and 30, so I could relate to everyone giving him flak about it. Plus, it was just a great story.

  • I liked this book, but there was something missing from it for me. I still don’t know what. I thought Lincoln was adorkable and the scene in the movie theater at the end almost made the entire book amazing just on its own.

    So, you’re starting to get into romance, eh? *rubs hands together and waggles eyebrows*

    • Oh no! Hate to hear it didn’t totally work for you. I really loved that theater scene, too.

      And yeah – I want a romance novel from time to time. Should I be scared?? 😉

  • Hooray! I’m so glad you liked this book. I’ve already read it once more since May, and I think it will become a go-to comfrot read. Thanks also for the link!

    • I loved it! It’s one I’d like to own. And you are so welcome. Loved your review.

  • I have this book on my shelf and have been looking at it for a while. Romance is really not my domain but this one does sound very different from the usual run-of-the-mill romance stories. Will check this out.

    • That’s why I tried to really point out that it isn’t a romance novel. I, like you, typically steer clear of romance novels, but this book was so much more than that, and I really enjoyed it. Hope you do too!

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