on May 12, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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A hilarious, touching and heartwarming romantic debut about falling in love from afar.
It's 1999 and for the staff of one newspaper office, the internet is still a novelty. By day, two young women, Beth and Jennifer, spend their hours emailing each other, discussing in hilarious detail every aspect of their lives, from love troubles to family dramas. And by night, Lincoln, a shy, lonely IT guy spends his hours reading every exchange.
At first their emails offer a welcome diversion, but as Lincoln unwittingly becomes drawn into their lives, 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 really is, it's way too late to introduce himself. What would he say to her? 'Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail - and also, I think I love you'.
After a series of close encounters, Lincoln decides it's time to muster the courage to follow his heart...and find out whether there really is such a thing as love before first-sight.
I’ve finally found him – the book boyfriend that I’ve been looking for. I’ve never been attracted to those alpha males or smooth talking bad boys who know exactly what to say and what to do when it comes to women, leaving broken hearts in their wake.
Lincoln on the other hand, was the complete opposite, and I completely and utterly fell in love with in Attachments. He plays D&D on weekends, lives with his mum, and doesn’t go out much. He’s also completely sweet, chilvarous and endearing, as he shares his lunch with the cleaning lady and helps girls with changing their tyres. He wants to do the right thing, and his guilt over reading private email exchanges is felt clearly. Not to mention his broad shoulders, massive frame, smarts and chilvary, Lincoln is a guy every girl wants to know. But who won’t give him a chance, cause the girls are usually spent chasing those alphas in the first paragraph.
As an IT guy employed by a news company to monitor emails and send the ones caught in the filter a warning. When he stumbles upon Jennifer and Beth’s email exchanges at work, he is drawn into these completely honest and witty email exchanges.
These two girls are so achingly honest and open with each other, I felt like I knew them just from their emails alone. Their friendship was just so real, apart from being hilarious funny and witty, they were supportive and knew exactly the right things to say whenever there was something wrong. They are at a time in their lives where they are dealing with very real issues in their relationships, such as Beth wanting to get married with her rockstar boyfriend and Jennifer not wanting to have a baby with her husband. It was easy to see why Lincoln found their conversations so compelling.
I’ve heard so much about Rainbow Rowell’s writing and I knew it was going to be good, but I didn’t realise just how head over heels I would fall in love with the story. Attachments was an amazing romantic comedy that made my emotions go haywire, with that feeling where you have just witnessed a great love story that could go either way. It ended so perfectly I could cry, and by the end of the book I was happy to see everything work out.
Set in the late 90’s, the hair styles, the fashion and the movies and shows that they mention were reminiscent and brought back memories. It’s quite logical to have someone in Lincoln’s situation hired to keep an eye on the email usage and policy, back in the day when company’s were still figuring out whether to let their staff use the internet.
Attachments completely enveloped my heart with it’s amazing, modern love story. With an achingly honest friendship between two girls and the sweet, amazing Lincoln, I think it’s a book that everyone will read and love. It’s was refreshing reading something different and based on the technologies that we use everyday and I completely loved it.
Rating: 5 out of 5