Book rating: 04 Hardback

By (author) Rainbow Rowell

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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 realizes 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. Heartwarming, witty and unforgettable, ATTACHMENTS is an irresistible romantic comedy that has it all.

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Author information

Rainbow Rowell is a newspaper columnist in Omaha, Nebraska, where she lives with her husband and two sons.

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By Shelley Cusbert 20 Jan 2012 4

I saw a number of glowing reviews for Attachments from some bloggers I really admire last year and so when I spied the novel on the shelves at my library I snatched it up. A story of an unconventional romance, that is told in an equally unconventional manner, Attachments deserves the praise heaped upon it.

It is through a series of emails between Beth and Jennifer, both employees of a newspaper, that we get to know these two women. Despite a ban on using email for personal correspondence and the knowledge that their mail is being monitored, they chat candidly about a variety of subjects. Most notably, Jennifer is married and under pressure by her husband to consider starting a family while Beth's relationship has stalled.
The novel though is from the point of view of Lincoln, the IT guy, recently graduated and back at home after seven years of college, Lincoln is lonely. Working a quiet night shift Beth and Jennifer's missives are the highlight of his long work hours. He has never been particularly comfortable with the idea of monitoring people's email and he knows he should give Beth and Jennifer a warning, but he finds himself drawn in by their banter. He is particularly charmed by Beth's wit, her support of her Jennifer, and her pop culture references and he finds himself falling in love with a girl he has never seen.

Whether or not Lincoln gets the girl, you need to discover it for yourself. With plenty of humour and heart, Attachments is such an engaging contemporary romance with wonderful and real characters.

Review quote

"Witty, original and easy to relate to, ATTACHMENTS is an absolute pleasure to read" -- Karen Edwards HEAT "ATTACHMENTS really is a special novel...Rainbow Rowell is a genius" CHICKLITREVIEWS.COM "Heartwarming, romantic and great fun ****" CLOSER "An enjoyable read *****" STAR MAGAZINE "A funny, touching portrayal of friendship, loneliness and love in the digital age." -- Chloe Rhodes DAILY TELEGRAPH