Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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 email, 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.

Written with whip-smart precision and charm, Attachments is a strikingly clever and deeply romantic debut about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Even if it’s someone you’ve never met.

My Review:

This book was middle of the road for me. I liked getting to know the characters and the idea of falling in love with someone by reading their emails is interesting. But (yes, there has to be a but) the story unravels at too slow of a pace. I just wanted more, not more book but more…I don’t know, excitement? Romance? I wanted more of the ‘close encounters’ between Lincoln and Beth…I just wanted more.

Overall Rating:  3.5 out of 5


  1. Oh, bummer!! This sounded like such a neat idea--I could imagine all sorts of things happening--and then I read your review. But it's still a really unique idea for a romance.

  2. I have never heard of this book before- but I do love the idea behind it. It sounds like such fun- and it it probably a good reminder to be careful what we email at work. :)


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