Author: Rainbow Rowell
Read: July, 2016
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Summary from Goodreads (link here):
It’s 1999 and the internet is still a novelty. At a newspaper office, two colleagues, Beth and Jennifer, e-mail back and forth, discussing their lives in hilarious details, from love troubles to family dramas. And Lincoln, a shy IT guy responsible for monitoring e-mails, spends his hours reading every exchange.
At first their e-mails offer a welcome diversion, but the more he reads, the more he finds himself falling for one of them. By the time Lincoln realises just how head-over-heels he is, it’s too late to introduce himself.
After a series of close encounters, Lincoln eventually decides he must follow his heart… and find out if there is such a thing as love before first sight.
This book is fluffy kittens. It’s hot chocolate and freshly baked goods. It’s warm hugs.
In other words, Attachments is a whole heap of sugary sweet cuteness.
I’m not usually a contemporary reader, but I always make an exception for Rainbow Rowell books – they’re amazing. Her writing style is brilliant and endlessly humorous, especially in the email exchanges between Beth and Jennifer; these chapters feel like a realistic email conversation between friends, whilst at same time building up enough personality and backstory for each character in order to let the reader get to know and like them. I love how Rowell shows their friendship, how they’re always there for each other and supportive, forgiving of each other’s mistakes and willing to be honest about things.
This book was a fabulously quick read – honestly, I managed it in a day. I’ve been needing something lighthearted and fun lately, and this ticked all the boxes. It’s got a nice feeling of resolution at the end and the story never drags.
Also, I’m adding a little shout out to my favourite character, Doris. What a lady! Seriously, I want a Doris to share dinner with and give me useful life advice. She’s awesome.
So, yeah. I don’t really have much more to say…? Attachments is just a solid book, filled with adorable relationships and funny exchanges. It’s the perfect uplifting summer read.
“So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.”
“I’m too old to be lying to other people’s mothers,” Doris said.
If you like this try:
Rainbow Rowell’s other books, Fangirl and Eleanor and Park.
Has any one else read Attachments? I’d love to hear your thoughts!