It’s Romantic Thursday with Bookmunchies! So why is Thursday romantic? Because I like Thursday and I like romance! Basically, I just love romance, in YA books, in adult, contemporary, historical, whichever the genre and sometimes I’m too lazy to write full reviews but I do love sharing fun quotes or just gushing about characters. So that’s what Romantic Thursday is for! To share my love. May it be through actual full reviews, quick reviews, or just fun quotes.
……………………….Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Published by Dutton on April 14th 2011
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . "
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 . . . ?
If you read the synopsis, you know how cute this book sounds. Set during the big Y2K, this book is a little dose of nostalgia for the good ol’ days of emailing and computer instant messaging. There are many things I loved about this book. For one, Lincoln (our IT guy) is a little bit awkward (okay… a whole lot) and a bunch of adorable. He’s suppose to monitor emails and instead gets sucked into the world of Beth and Jennifer and falls for Beth. Than there’s all those cute moments where Beth spies on her Cute Guy, and Lincoln reading about it and realizing he’s her cute guy. Oh and the “cute meet” (that wasn’t quite meant to be) was really sweet. It’s a bit of a voyeuristic read since we only know Beth as well as Lincoln, but it’s easy to see why he’s head over heels for her.
Basically, this book was awws and sparkles and adorableness.
Let me tell you, I’m impressed by Rainbow Rowell. She took a odd-ballish idea that could have turn ugly pretty quickly (I mean… Lincoln is sweet, but basically he’s creeping on Beth) and gave us an in interesting and out-there love story that works perfectly. There were just a few things however that frustrated me about this book including the ending. While it was super cute, it was also too nicely wrapped up in a bow and handed to me. It felt a little abrupt and I really wish there was more Lincoln & Beth interaction. Overall though, it was a sweet and fun read, definitely a winner for Rainbow Rowell and romance fans alike.
Here be some cute quotes I like!
<<Jennifer to Beth>> What’s that?
<<Beth to Jennifer>> It’s the Cute Guy Alarm
<<Jennifer to Beth>> It sounds like a bird.
<<Beth to Jennifer>> There’s a cute guy working here.
<<Jennifer to Beth>> No, there isn’t.
<<Beth to Jennifer>>I know, that was my first response, too. I thought he must have come in from the outside, a repairman, perhaps, or a consultant. That’s why I waited for two confirmed sighting before sounding the Cute Guy Alarm.
<<Beth to Jennifer>> […] Doris was talking about her dog and My Cute Guy was listening attentively and asking follow-up questions, nodding his head. (It was very involved. I don’t think they even noticed. I don’t think they even noticed me ogling.) He could not have been nicer.
<<Jennifer to Beth>> Maybe he just likes to talk about dead dogs.
<<Beth to Jennifer>> Or cuter. He could not have been any cuter.
But cute, she’d said. Handsome, she’d said. Crinkly eyes.
He leaned his forehead against the mirror and closed his eyes. It was embarrassing to see himself smile like that.
<<Jennifer to Beth>> And really, really cute. You weren’t exaggerating. Not Sears-model cute. More of an old-fashioned cute. And he got cuter, the more I looked at him. He’s built like a tank. I half expected him to lift my car with his hands.
<<Beth to Jennifer>> Built like a tank, dressed like he just won the science fair. How cute is that guy.
<Jennifer to Beth>> Very cute.
I’m still her cute guy, Lincoln thought, as he drove home.
He went to the gym early the next day and ran until his knees started to buckle.
I’m still hers.
The word “cute” is used a lot.
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