Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Publication Date: April 14th 2011
Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail. But the women still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can't seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period.
When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he'd be sifting through other people's inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can't quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can't help but be entertained and captivated by their stories.
But by the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? "Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you." After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it's time to muster the courage to follow his heart...even if he can't see exactly where it's leading him.
Wow! What an awesome book. Attachments has a little bit of everything that makes a great women's read. The characters, the relationships, the wittiness and of course the story itself...I could kiss it.
Attachments is told mostly/really from the perspective of Lincoln, our ever laid back yet tense male protagonist. We know of Beth and Jennifer only through their emails. Back to my book character crush Lincoln, he is perfect...for me. He's a little depressing and pessimistic. He's a tad bit of a loner, not really ambitious but aware of his lack of it. Wants some purpose but needs someone to point him in the right direction. The ending of his relationship to what he thinks is his one true love darkens him. Slowly though he rises up from the ashes and starts living his life. The fact that he falls for Beth through emails before he even knows what she looks like makes me like him even more. Beth and Jennifer have a great rapport with each other. They tell each other everything and you do get a sense of their personalities through their emails. Beth is witty, fun and sarcastic. Jennifer is equally just as witty.
To me attachments is more a story about Lincoln then Beth and Jennifer. We are along for the ride as Lincoln tries to discover what he wants in life. We ride out this funk he's in at the same time admiring his uncomfortable yet liberating choices he's making. And through the emails we find out about Beth and her emotionally closed off boyfriend and the back and forth decision of whether to be a mom with Jennifer.
Everything was just done right in Attachments. I loved it!!