by: Rainbow Rowell
Setting: Omaha, Nebraska 1990's
Format: Trade Paperback
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now—reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers—not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained—and captivated—by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?
It’s the late 1990’s and the newspaper that Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scriber-Snyder work for has begun monitoring their emails. Lincoln O’Neill has been assigned the task of reading them. In the process Lincoln finds out that his job may be more challenging than he thought.
I am a big fan of Rainbow Rowell. She writes great characters and wonderful storylines. I am also a big fan of fresh and new premises. Combine these with a book set in the 1990’s and you got me. (Also, I love a good double meaning title!)
Vintage pop culture references is one of my favorite things in books and movies. Rainbow Rowell mentions in an interview that she does not shy away from pop-culture references in her books. This is evident in ‘Attachments’. It is full of 1990’s pop-culture (including references to Y2K).
I love the setting in this book Omaha, Nebraska. Rainbow Rowell has also said she did this on purpose because she never sees Omaha represented in novels.
As for the characters, they are some of my favorites. Lincoln is a good guy and not a jerk. He does make a mistake by not reporting Beth and Jennifer to management but he does this with good intentions and his other actions more than make up for it. It is really great having a good guy as a main character in a book. I also loved how we discover who Beth and Jennifer through their emails. This is a genuine way of revealing the characters’ personalities.
Another fun, quick, but deep read from Rainbow Rowell. I really enjoyed this one. I really hope she writes more contemporary.