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A heartwarming and hilarious 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 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-mails - 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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 23mm | 254g
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged ed
  • 1409120538
  • 9781409120537
  • 1,276

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An original, quirky but enjoyable book with many likeable characters and a plot that keeps you guessing all the way through. Carl Difford South Wales Argus 20120310
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An original, quirky but enjoyable book with many likeable characters and a plot that keeps you guessing all the way through. -- Carl Difford * South Wales Argus * Attachments is such a fantastic book! It's funny and heart-warming, and just a beautiful, beautiful read * ONCE UPON A BOOKCASE *
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About Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell writes books about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love. When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons. Find out more about Rainbow, and about her other books like ATTACHMENTS and ELEANOR & PARK at
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4 39% (72,755)
3 22% (41,343)
2 6% (10,894)
1 3% (5,200)

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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.�?�¢??s debut novel, first published in 2011, which I found out only after reading it, and I was so surprised. It just doesn�?�¢??t feel like a debut novel! It�?�¢??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 there�?�¢??s love in it, and feelings (LOTS of feelings!), and heartbreak, and self-discovery, and what-not, but unlike other chick-lit novels I�?�¢??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 �??�?�  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. Lincoln�?�¢??s job is to oversee a computer program that flags people�?�¢??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. He�?�¢??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, I�?�¢??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 wouldn�?�¢??t advise you to do that. Just have patience and you�?�¢??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 it�?�¢??s wrong, he can�?�¢??t seem to stop himself from doing it. His friends try setting him up with a girl or two, but Lincoln�?�¢??s mind is already swimming only in thoughts of that girl. He�?�¢??s smitten. more
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