Attachments- Rainbow Rowell
Rating: 4/5 stars
Beth and Jennifer are persistent rule-breakers. Oh, nothing too bad. It's not as if they break red lights or park in handicap spots or even rob grocery stores. They just use their work emails for personal correspondence- much of the time, with each other. No harm done, is there? What can possibly come from their chats about the lack of good-looking guys in their building, Jennifer's marriage and reluctance to get pregnant, or Beth's musician boyfriend and his unwillingness to even consider the "M" word?
Nothing, of course.
Unless their company hired one Lincoln O'Neill to make sure company policy is followed regarding emails.
Unless Lincoln is so amused by Beth and Jennifer that he never sends them a citation for the breach.
Unless Lincoln keeps reading their exchanges, and finds himself falling in love.
Hi. I'm the guy who reads your email. And also, I love you...
This is the second book I've read from this author, and I love it almost as much as I did my first (that first being Fangirl). I'm a big fan of seemingly impossible romances, and this one had quite a few barriers: the girl is in a relationship. The guy has never actually seen her.
Not to mention the fact that he now knows so many private things about her.
You would think that these issues could be easily resolved, but Rowell includes in the dynamics an aspect of romance that I love to see featured: being in love makes idiots of us all.
As events snowball, the emails get more and more personal. When a new figure makes an appearance in the exchanges the possibility of Lincoln untangling himself from the mess he's created grow more and more faint until you know there's only one option left to him. Rainbow Rowell made it so easy to feel for these characters, to envision them, to sink into their lives, their minds, their worries, to laugh, worry and cry with them, that it was almost painful when that final page was turned.