Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


Publisher: Dutton ( April 14th 2011)
Paperback: 323 pages
Source: the library
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 2 of 5 stars

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.


I really wanted to like Attachments after reading everyone’s positive comments on the novel, but while I did like the meet-cute factor I just ended up finding it creepy that basically Lincoln and Beth were stalking each other. I guess some wouldn’t really call that creepy because it went both ways, but what Lincoln did is pretty creepy. However, Lincoln didn’t have a choice (although he did) since it’s his job to send out warnings to people who send inappropriate emails that’s not related to their jobs. Although he could’ve stopped reading Beth and Jennifer’s emails, Lincoln found himself immerse in their conversation – like he became a part of their group even though Beth and Jennifer doesn’t know it – and the stuff they talk about is not exactly PG-13. It’s something that they should’ve texted each other. How embarrassing and mortifying is that a third party (and a guy no less) is there to read about stuff like miscarriages and when the ladies are having PMS. I felt bad for Lincoln.

I just don’t know what to feel for Beth and Lincoln. They know of each other, but they don’t have the courage to start that “Hi I’m so and so” conversation. I really wished that they’d just communicated and not do so 100+ pages later. Lincoln seems like a nice considerate guy (aside from the whole didn’t want to stop reading their emails thing). I mean the guys gives Doris some of his food after learning that all she eats is turkey sandwiches, which he didn’t have to do but did anyways.

I think out of all the Rainbow Rowell books I read (so far) my favorite is Fangirl. I just couldn’t relate to Beth or Lincoln as much as I did Cath.

Author: Jackie

0 Replies to “Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell”

  1. Awwww, a shame that you didn’t love this one so much! I thought Beth and Lincoln were super sweet! Although yeah, it can totallly be creepy lol.

  2. Oh my god, I would not be able to get over that, seriously, even I’m finding it creepy, and I kind of feel bad for him, too, haha. I haven’t read any of hers yet, but to be honest, I’ve heard so many good things and everything, but I don’t think she’s my kind of author.

  3. Aww that’s too bad you didn’t like this one. There’s a few things that annoyed me in this book, but I did really like Lincoln and Beth. Oh well, hope the next Rainbow Rowell book is better for you!

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