Attachments by Rainbow Rowell Review: I found my book boyfriend

March 27, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Books, Reviews

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell Review: I found my book boyfriendAttachments by Rainbow Rowell
on May 12, 2011
Source: Purchased
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

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53 responses to “Attachments by Rainbow Rowell Review: I found my book boyfriend

  1. I've heard so many great things about this one (apparently better than Fangirl?), so I'm so glad you enjoyed it and found your book bf! I'm definitely still searching for mine heh. Wonderful review Jeann, yay for heartwarming stories <33
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  2. Yay! I'm so glad you loved it!! Lincoln was so adorable, right? I just loved the moment when he meets and help Jennifer in the parking lot and then when Beth and Jennifer discuss it afterrr, so cute.

    My only complaint about this book was I wished there was a bit more interaction between Beth & Lincoln. I think it would have been so much fun! Great review Jeann!

    (PS. Here's my review if you're interested (: )
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    • Oh I just loved Lincoln, imagine the feelings he must have had when he read that they were talking about him! It was cute. But let's not forget that it was creepy too lol. Thanks Cyn!

  3. Jeann you've convinced me 100% that I need to read this immediately! I'm a big fan of Rainbow Rowell, I loved Eleanor and Park and Fangirl! I had heard that while this was really good it wasn't her best so I've always been a bit hesitant, but this has gone straight to the wish list. Go you for finding your dream book boyfriend! Great review Jeann x
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  4. Onto my TBR list this one goes! Thanks so much for sharing Jeann! Glad it was something you enjoyed and that you enjoyed the love interest! 😉 Hopefully your next read is just as good! As always, brilliant review!
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  5. Awww, you make it sound so endearing and beautiful, Jeann! First, I'm glad you finally found your book boyfriend. Wahaha! Don't we all wish our fictional characters be our BFs in real life? I mean not that I'm not satisfied with mine… ahem…

    I love how it focuses a lot on the girls' friendship. Sometimes before diving into romance, we need to be reminded of the roles our friends play in our growth. I'm so happy to see Attachments is one of those books!

    Great review dear!
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  6. Wait, is this your first Rainbow Rowell book? If so, you must check out Fangirl and Eleanor & Park IMMEDIATELY.

    I haven't read this one yet, but I'm dying to. Especially now you've hyped Lincoln up so much <3

    This actually sounds like it'd make a pretty great rom-com movie. Someone get Rainbow a movie deal!
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  7. I have never read anything from Rainbow Rowell but I have Fangirl on my kindle and I really need to bump it up my reading list. I love beta males in books because they are so rare! I totally understand the appeal of Lincoln, he's a good guy and that is not boring. It's lovable and he deserves a happy ending. I'm not much for romantic comedies but I might purchase an audiobook of this! The premise sounds perfect to read on audio! Awesome review Jeann 🙂
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  8. Eeep! A nice guy, yay. I love the concept though it is a bit, haha, creepy in some ways. I'm glad you liked the retro aspect of the story as well as everything else:) Even though I didn't "get" Eleanor and Park (or rather the hype around it), I can't wait to read this one. Great review, my friend!
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    • TBH I have read Fangirl and Attachments and I thought they were both similar. It just so happens that in Attachments, it is set in the workplace whereas Fangirl is in college. I think anyone could enjoy this book 🙂

    • I love it Cait, I'm so glad I read this and Fangirl and have ordered E&P online. (actually while reading Fangirl it actually reminded me of you and Mime!) Glad to hear you love the sound of this as well!

  9. To be honest I've never read adult book (shame I know), but Attachment got great reviews almost everywhere. Actually your review title really sold it to me XD I just knew set in 90s, that would be fun to read! Eleanor and Park and Fangirl are pretty popular her, I hope Attachment will be available on store soon here 😀
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