Genre: Contemporary romance
Page Count: 357 pages
Publication Date: April 2011
It’s 1999 and the internet is still a novelty. At a newspaper office, two colleagues, Beth and Jennifer, e-mail back and forth, discussing their lives in hilarious details, from love troubles to family dramas. And Lincoln, a shy IT guy responsible for monitoring e-mails, spends his hours reading every exchange.
At first their e-mails offer a welcome diversion, but the more he reads, the more he finds himself falling for one of them. By the time Lincoln realises just how head-over-heels he is, it’s too late to introduce himself.
After a series of close encounters, Lincoln eventually decides he must follow his heart… and find out if there is such a thing as love before first sight.
This was my first Rainbow Rowell book so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Attachments is a contemporary romance, which is not the genre I usually go for, but I have to say I was happily surprised with this one.
I loved the format of the book, going back and forth between emails and a third person narrative. The characters were brilliantly written. I especially liked the way Lincoln was shy, lived with his mother and played D&D, but still he wasn’t portrayed as a loser of any sort (as people in this “demographic” are usually seen by the media). He was kind, generous and with good principles. I would love to meet Lincoln in real life. If only he wasn’t fictional…
Beth and Jennifer are great characters too. Their banter is realistic and inviting. Who wouldn’t want to be friends with those two?!
Overall, Attachments is a cute office romance, with great characters and a nice flow to the story. It does have a bit of a slow start, but stick to it and you’ll be rewarded at the end.