Tuesday 7 January 2014

Some Thoughts about Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Ok so to be honest my thoughts about Attachments are basically that I love it and it's the most awesome thing ever and I want to be all the characters.

So review done, that was easy!

In case any of you haven't read this awesomeness yet, here's the Goodreads synopsis:
"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 . . . ?

I really don't know what to say about Attachments. It was lovely and so so sweet and uplifting and it's staying in my house forever, possibly right next to You've Got Mail and the Ben & Jerry's ice cream (which obviously don't actually all live together, but do on my imaginary 'happy shelf' in my mind). I think this post is going to have to go to bullet points before it completely drifts off into the realms of fantasy. 

  • Even though it was told mostly in email/instant messaging format, which is a format which has annoyed me since adolescence, I still was instantly engaged in the story between Jennifer and Beth. Their friendship felt really real to me, like I know I've had friends like that in the past. 
  • In the beginning I had a certain impression of Lincoln, but throughout the novel I changed my image of him several times, which was really great actually. He had a brilliant character evolution and I was really hoping everything would work out in his favour. 
  • Nobody was perfect. Everybody was a little bit quirky and a little bit weird and it made them so much more likeable. 
  • I don't want to ruin anything for anybody, but there is a discussion of how people feel about having children and I just loved the whole storyline relating to that. It was so real. 
  • Although the ending was kind of exactly what I expected it was also not at all what I expected and that was my favourite, I think. 
I am immediately writing my name in the front cover of this and it is never leaving the house again just in case I need it!


  1. I went as far as to stamp my copy with my new library embosser. IS THIS LOVE, AGENT ROMANOFF?* Why yes it is. I hope Fangirl and Eleanor and Park turn out to be just amazing, and they can all go on my mental happy shelf with You've Got Mail and a lifetime supply of chocolate chip muffins. :)
    *Avengers reference, go with it.

  2. *punches the air slightly at having chosen a good book choice* YAY. Basically. But yes to all the things. God, it's so goooood.

  3. I loved Eleanor and Park so can't wait to read this and Fangirl. Glad you enjoyed it so much :)

  4. This is the second post I've seen today about how awesome attachments is. Maybe I should read it...

  5. I need to read this, I think it sounds like what I expected Eleanor & Park to be (although that was sweet in places it also had a dark side). Plus I love You've Got Mail (I think I inherited a love of Meg Ryan off my dad).

  6. Oh my goodness, I love the idea of a mental happy shelf! You've Got Mail would definitely be on mine, too.