By far the most interesting and funny and cute and entertaining read of the past month has been Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell. This is R.R.Ã??Ã?Â¢??s debut novel, first published in 2011, which I found out only after reading it, and I was so surprised. It just doesnÃ??Ã?Â¢??t feel like a debut novel! ItÃ??Ã?Â¢??s very well-written, the characters are very much alive, the story is smooth and entertaining, even though there are no earth-shattering twists and turns, and overall I had a blast going through its 350-something pages.
So far R.R. has written 4 novels, 2 for teens and 2 for adults. Attachments is one of those 2 grown-up novels. Actually, I thought it was chick-lit, but written at a much superior level. Of course thereÃ??Ã?Â¢??s love in it, and feelings (LOTS of feelings!), and heartbreak, and self-discovery, and what-not, but unlike other chick-lit novels IÃ??Ã?Â¢??ve read up to this moment, Attachments grew on me and the story actually stuck with me! I loved every single word, every single moment spent with Lincoln, and Beth, and Jennifer, they became my friends and I suffered, laughed and sighed with them. So, very good character-building! Memorable, in fact.
Short summary Ã???Ã??Ã?Â la moi:
The year is 1999 and Lincoln works for a newspaper, The Courier. This is the moment when computers start taking over typewriters and, why not, people. LincolnÃ??Ã?Â¢??s job is to oversee a computer program that flags peopleÃ??Ã?Â¢??s e-mails depending on their content: sexual, pornographic, unrelated to work, etc. To do this, he has to read those e-mails and decide if they pose a threat to company security. Afterwards, he has to give a warning to those flagged. As fate would have it, he stumbles upon an e-mail exchange between two young women, Beth and Jennifer. HeÃ??Ã?Â¢??s taken in by their funny lines, their friendship, the way they support each other both professionally and privately. Slowly, but surely, he starts falling in love with one of them. Now, IÃ??Ã?Â¢??m not going to tell you which one, because it would simply ruin your enjoyment of the book. Of course, you could easily find it out by going online, but I wouldnÃ??Ã?Â¢??t advise you to do that. Just have patience and youÃ??Ã?Â¢??ll see that it will be rewarded ten-fold! :D
What happens next is that Lincoln continues reading their e-mails, even after falling in love with one of them, and even though he knows itÃ??Ã?Â¢??s wrong, he canÃ??Ã?Â¢??t seem to stop himself from doing it. His friends try setting him up with a girl or two, but LincolnÃ??Ã?Â¢??s mind is already swimming only in thoughts of that girl. HeÃ??Ã?Â¢??s smitten. http://literaryjungle.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/review-attachments-rainbow-rowell/show more
by Loredana Adriana Malic