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Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail, but they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he'd be sifting through other people's inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can't bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can't help but be entertained and captivated by their stories. But by the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late for him to ever introduce himself. After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it's time to muster the courage to follow his heart, even if he can't see exactly where it's leading him. This story is about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself, even it is someone you have never met.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2012
Edition: First Flume printing
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780452297548
Call Number: FICTION ROWELL 2011
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 24 cm


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Watch out, cubicle workers: the I.T. guy might be reading your emails and falling love with you. Hey... maybe lack of privacy isn't so bad!

This is a fantastically entertaining romance. A pair of friends who work for a newspaper write emails to each other from their work email accounts, ignoring the fact that their emails are likely to be flagged and seen by the cute, lonely IT guy. Sure, the romance is great, but the relationship yo... Read More »

September: I put down the five perfectly interesting books I was reading to read this instead. A story of friendship, romance and 90s era office politics with smart, laugh-out loud and brutally honest banter. This is a book to finish in one sitting- or two days if you have kids.

This is a fantastically entertaining romance. A pair of friends who work for a newspaper write emails to each other from their work email accounts, ignoring the fact that their emails are likely to be flagged and seen by the cute, lonely IT guy.

multcolib_darceem Sep 25, 2014

This book made me put down the other 5 books I was supposed to be reading to read this instead. Rowell is a master of painfully honest and funny-smart dialogue.

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Oct 17, 2020

Rainbow Rowell’s “Attachments” takes place in the late 20th century, where Lincoln’s job is to monitor and turn in people who misuse the company's e-mail program. Instead of turning in Beth and Jennifer, he ends up reading and enjoying them. I love how it was a different style. Instead of just reading what Lincoln’s thoughts are of the e-mails, we get to read the actual e-mails. The plot was similar to those that have people falling in love with someone online, but this takes place when the internet was still a new thing to people. This book was very humorous, and there were many movie references. I didn’t understand a few of them, but if you’re a movie fan, this book is perfect. Lincoln is such a cute and generous guy! Rainbow Rowell makes him very different, and he doesn’t just have the basic characteristic that protagonists usually have. The author represents people who aren’t as socially out there through Lincoln, which makes this book that more realistic. I would rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars. This is definitely one of Rainbow Rowell’s better novels. @India_ink of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jun 23, 2020

Very funny. Good characters, they seemed like people you might know in real life. As an Omaha native, I liked the references to places like Sokol, Indian Hills Theater and the Ranch Bowl. The book was well written and easy to read. The emails were a fun way to tell a story.

RCL_AnnaS Apr 23, 2020

I laughed out loud so many times reading this book.

Apr 08, 2020

Fans of You've Got Mail should definitely check out this unconventional love story set during the golden age of email. Beth and Jennifer spend their workdays gossiping over office email, even though they know it's being monitored. Tech guy Lincoln knows he should report the pair, but as he reads over their correspondence, he can't help falling in love with Beth. If you're a sucker for a good epistolary tale and enjoy rooting for the underdog, Attachments delivers. As her debut, it doesn't have the emotional complexity of Rainbow Rowell's later novels, but Attachments is a sweet, lighthearted romp for fans of contemporary romance.

Aug 07, 2019

A slow read in the beginning. But it was worth finishing! Very realistic in regards to the struggle of meeting new people and breaking out of your shell.

Jun 19, 2019

I like how the romance in this story is different than most other books. The way the two characters meet is unique but some people may see it as being "stalker-ish". I don't believe that is what Rowell meant for it to be, so I look past that and say that Lincoln is a great character and the way he develops along with the story is something worth reading the entire book for. The way they meet is slightly abrupt but I think the super sweet and cute ending kind of makes up for it.

JCLBeckyC Mar 23, 2019

This is a fantastic love story for sapiosexuals, pop culture geeks, and underdog lovers. In this homage to the written word, a man falls in love with a woman after reading her witty and wonderful emails, before he even knows what she looks like. If you're better at writing than talking, or if you've found luck in online dating because you're better at communicating via text/IM/email than IRL, you'll feel validated by this unconventional love story.

Nov 17, 2018

What I liked:
+ chick lit with male POV character
+ positive portrayal of geek culture
+ Rowell's ability to create suspense and keep me reading
+ nostalgia for the late 1990's/early 2000's

What I disliked:
- the creepy/stalker-ish quality of the so-called romance
- the abrupt ending

May 13, 2018

It’s just before Y2K (remember that non-event?) and Lincoln is an IT guy in his late 20s whose job is to monitor the email at the newspaper where he works. Lincoln falls in love with the newspaper’s movie reviewer by reading her frequent email exchanges with another co-worker. If you experienced the years 1999-2000 as an adult, you will appreciate how well this story evokes that time. Reading this was so enjoyable that I started taking the bus to work instead of walking, just to gain a few extra minutes with the book each day. This is Rowell’s first novel. Her more recent ones, including Eleanor & Park, and Fangirl, are even better.

Mar 12, 2018

I love Rowell's writing style and her characters are just so imminently interesting. I wanted to be friends with them all immediately. Plus it has so many laugh out loud moments!

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