A slow-paced breath of reality and the wonders of love before sight.
Title: Attachments Author: Rainbow Rowell Publisher: Dutton Publish Date: Apr 14, 2011 Goodreads: 4/5 Barnes and Noble: 4.3/5
“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 . . . ?
To put it plainly, it was difficult for me to like the characters.
In the beginning of the book, we are given the impression that Lincoln is generally unattractive. Although descriptions of him were stated from his own POV, which make them as self-pitied characterizations of himself. Later on, he is revealed as a tall, hunky and slightly muscular guy that, not only got Beth’s attention, but also every other girl in her department.
We are hardly given any physical description of Beth, however, it was vaguely expressed that she was attractive when Chris comes into the picture and was described as a perfectly handsome musician that the girls swoon over. A girl dating someone that good-looking must also be stunning herself. It was also revealed that she had always had a boyfriend which implied that men are head over heels for her.
That’s it. Nothing existentially special about them – which is slightly discouraging for me because good characters can be the life saver of a book, if not the plot.
Style and Pacing:
First off, there were lines that I extremely liked in the book. The lines that were so simple yet rang truth and realism. Those that simple can apply to an average Joe.
Rainbow Rowell started the book extremely slow. I was smothered with so much background information of the characters and of what they do in their individual lives – or rather what Lincoln read about Beth and Jennifer and his everyday struggle with his mom, sister and D&D playmates.
When I reached Chapter 20, I was cringing for the plot to move, but no, it didn’t. I suppose the first half of the book was mostly Rowell establishing Lincoln’s feelings for Beth, that it wasn’t just some fleeting surge of feelings but rather a gradual development of emotions. It was basically a back and forth flow of actions, emotions and decisions for both Lincoln and Beth whether which one of them would make the first move.
I was seriously about to give up on the book (if not for someone’s recommendations. *wink*).
I would say that I have not read a YA book with too much characterization. It was like the author was forcing me to like Lincoln, to be impressed of Beth, to support Jennifer and to understand Chris.
The idea of the story is original. The setting itself has not been touched so much before. There’s a lot of potential, though the author has left out a lot of things with the setting she got.
I had a hard time trying to finish this book. Every time I finish a chapter I thought, “So, what does that have to do with the whole plot?” Obviously, there wasn’t. The author was not even trying to excite the readers. For me, it seemed like she was just trying to tell a story of a normal girl and a normal boy who met “online” – note that in the setting of 1999, the internet was used differently that it is now.
I don’t know who to hate – Lincoln or Rainbow Rowell? Why did she make Lincoln such a coward? Why would he runaway from the greatest chance of finally meeting the girl of her dreams, knowing that the feelings were completely mutual?! I DON’T UNDERSTAND! HAHA! Please, someone explain to me. If someone I like liked me back, regardless of how it came to be, I would ultimately grab that chance.
I don’t want to sound sexist, but for a dude, Lincoln was a p*ssy. When he knew that Beth had followed him home and took note of his car, he sat in his car in the parking lot hoping Beth would see him. He would go to Beth’s cube when she wasn’t there and everyone else had gone home. It was like he was expecting for the girl to make the move, to keep following him, to look gym buff and pretty but not do anything to actually GET the girl.
Not something I would read again, but not a complete waste of time as well. 🙂
“Money is a cruel thing. It’s the thing that stands between you and the things you want and the people you love.”
“This is a workplace. People come here to get away from their kids.”
“You’re never done raising your children. You’re not done until you’re dead.”
“I shouldn’t need proof, but proof can be very reassuring.”
“He kissed her then. There. In the middle of the sentence.”
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