Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Attachments” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  78,865 ratings  ·  11,425 reviews
"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
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published April 14th 2011 by Dutton
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Attachments, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Jenny It wasn't a minor subplot - the whole idea of the newspaper providing internet access to their employees later than their peers, etc was part of the…moreIt wasn't a minor subplot - the whole idea of the newspaper providing internet access to their employees later than their peers, etc was part of the paranoia and fear of the unknown that defines those years. I think she did an effective job of capturing that era without hitting us over the head with "It was the 20th century....not everyone had a cell phone then!" The Y2K plot point was also paralleled in the lives of all the main characters because something very significant occurred within a week or two of New Year's.(less)
Rachel That some characters have had sex is alluded to in very mild terms. There is one character who swears frequently (LOTS of F-words and some other…moreThat some characters have had sex is alluded to in very mild terms. There is one character who swears frequently (LOTS of F-words and some other profanity; he's also the one who smokes and frequents bars the most, though, so it's in line with his rough character).(less)
Maybe Someday by Colleen HooverSoulless by Gail CarrigerThese Broken Stars by Amie KaufmanShadow and Bone by Leigh BardugoForbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
Kéž by vyšlo v ČR, verze 2015
15th out of 394 books — 585 voters
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie PerkinsBeautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuirePerfect Chemistry by Simone ElkelesCan You Keep a Secret? by Sophie KinsellaIf I Stay by Gayle Forman
Best Chick-Lit I've Ever Read
42nd out of 1,140 books — 2,294 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Falling in love with a book is exactly like falling in love with a person. In both cases, most of the time you just can’t help yourself, and what happens during the falling is almost entirely out of your control. This is an especially appropriate metaphor to be making when talking about Rainbow Rowell’s delightful little book, Attachments, which is about a man falling in love in a very inappropriate way. This is what I wrote on Goodreads approximately one minute and thirty-one seconds after fini ...more
Brilliant! I loved everything about it, definitely a new favorite. <3
My office’s IT support guy has a blonde ponytail and once serenaded me with an Enrique Iglesias song while I was stuck at the copy machine waiting for a fax to go through. He was INTO IT. He was acting like it was some deep, deep rock anthem that TOUCHED HIS SOUL. Air acoustic guitar was involved. I did what any normal person would do: studiously avoided eye contact and went directly back to my desk to email my work best friend about it.

Actual email excerpt:
Me: I just got "I will be your hero,

This book would have been sooo much better if not for the pathetic characters.

Meet Lincoln:

A 29 year old nerd who has multiple degrees, lives with his mom, plays dungeons and dragons on the weekend, is cripplingly awkward and hasn't been able to get over his high school sweetheart breakup for the past NINE years.... BUT WAIT! LINCOLN ACTUALLY LOOKS LIKE THIS:

Ya.... I don't get it either.

Lincoln works as an internet cop. He snoops through people's emails and web histories,
Kat Stark

Well, this was a nice enjoyable read. It was really hard for me in the beginning...I guess I was expecting a chick-lit, but this isn't a chick-lit ladies. This is just a story about a man who falls in love with a woman whose emails he reads (because it's his job to make sure the office workers aren't doing any shenanigans over the internet).

Definitely didn't like it more than Eleanor & Park , but I gotta say, that ending was way better. Maybe, I just really like endings that give me a full
*4.5 STARS*
Well that was the cutest thing I've ever read! I wasn't sure about it and thought it was a little boring bUT THEN OMG. About halfway through, I couldn't put it down it was just so adorable!
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Finally! Twenty days and seventeen books into 2012 and I've finally, finally found something I can honestly say I loved. I knew it was going to be good from the very first chapter (which I promptly read to my mother while we both laughed). Giving it five stars might be a bit much, but I can't help it. This was funny, engaging, sweet, and, more importantly, smart. None of the characters were perfect, but they were written so realistically that their flaws added to their appeal. It felt like readi ...more
Dammit, Rainbow Rowell! Seriously?! You’re destroying my understanding of myself, with your writing.

Because I’m supposed to hate this book, guys.

This is a ridiculously silly piece of chick lit, featuring a STALKER of a main character who also is an Incredibly Attractive Geek Who Doesn’t Know He’s Incredibly Attractive, a trope that I loathe.

It also stars an only slightly less stalkerish secondary character, way too many pop culture name-drops, whining about life choices, and a whirlwind romanc
Greg Allan Holcomb
As the only dude to win this book from Goodreads' First-Reads I feel a bit o' pressure.

I liked this book a lot. It's not Chick-lit. It's not Lad-lit. I'm putting this down as a Plane book. Go read it on a airplane.

Plot- Lincoln's the guy who monitors email at his work. He's supposed to report Beth and Jennifer, but he finds their emails entertaining. And he falls for Beth.

It's easy to see why he does. Over the course of the book we learn: Beth has a Sandman poster, She quotes Field of Dreams
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This was such a good book! It's one of those books that just makes you feel ridiculously happy. I'm glad that booksplosion chose it as the book of the month for May!
Kat O'Keeffe
All of Rainbow Rowell's books are adorable and amazing and funny and this is no exception! I think Fangirl is still my favorite of her books, but I loved Attachments a little bit more than E&P. VERY EXCITED FOR LANDLINE!
4 incredibly funny stars!

”Beth and Jennifer seemed to have forgotten all the rules and restrictions. They didn’t censor themselves anymore. Beth was so careless that some of her e-mails to other coworkers ended up in the WebFence folder, too.”

Beth and Jennifer are best friends, coworkers at the Courier newspaper, and just can’t seem to stop sending emails to each other. They aren’t supposed to, it’s against the workplace policy, but they do it anyway. They don’t even care that someone is seeing
Mohamed Al Marzooqi
بهذه الرواية الجميلة (والمراجعة) أودع عام

عندما تخرجت من الجامعة وحصلت على أول وظيفة، كنت أستغل ساعة البريك في قراءة الكتب الإلكترونية، ولأنني كنت في فترة ما مهووسًا بالرافعي، كنت أبحث عن كتبه ومقالاته التي سبق لي قراءتها وأعيد قراءتها. في كتابه "على السفود" الذي يرد فيه على العقاد أذكر أنه عنون أحد الفصول ب"عضلات من شراميط" ولا أعرف ماذا كان يدور في ذهني وأنا أكتب في قوقل "شراميط" باحثًا عن هذا المقال باستخدام كمبيوتر العمل، فقد ظهرت لي صفحة نتائج البحث بروابط لمواقع إباحية ومنتديات يسرد فيها أ
4.25 stars
I really enjoyed it! It's not my favorite of Rainbow Rowell's books but it had her same flair and addicting story.
I loved Lincoln! He's definitely on my list of favorite male protagonists.
The only problem I had with it was the pacing. The middle dragged quite a bit, but by the time I got to the end I felt things were wrapped up very well.
Overall, I definitely recommend checking out this book. Especially, if you love any of Rainbow's other books. :)
Amy (shoutame)
What a fantastic read! Straight into my favourites for the year :)

- So this is one of Rainbow Rowell's adult novels - before this one I had read Eleanor and Park (5*) and Fangirl (4*). I would now say that Attachments has taken the top spot for my favourite Rowell novel - I enjoyed it immensely and have since recommended it to many of my friends.

- So this story follows a guy named Lincoln who works in IT - Lincoln's job is to monitor the emails of all of the employees at his workplace (he also w
**Rainbow to Justin** Hi, Justin. I'm Rainbow Rowell. You may recognize my name because it shows up on your Goodreads update feed on, like, every other line or so. I've written popular novels for young adults and regular adults as well like Eleanor and Park, Fangirl....

**Justin to Rainbow** ...Landline, Carry On, yeah yeah yeah. People love your books, but I don't know if they're really my thing. I mean, aren't they like Nicholas Sparks books that have more wit and biting humor? Are guys even su
This really solidified for me that Rainbow Rowell is one of my favourite writers! She's phenomenal! For me, it comes to one key point: she builds real people. Her characters don't feel like characters, they don't feel fake or made up. They're really people with unique quirks and imperfections and beauty and it's so easy to be sucked into reading her books because I feel like I actually know these people!

This book, particularly, was cute and lovely. I thought the mails back and forth were hilario
4 1/2

“So, what if, instead of thinking about solving you whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.”

Rainbow Rowell is a fantastic contemporary author. Her books capture that essence of realness, without being depressing. Her characters are relatable without being similar.

It's 1999. Computers are still new, unpredictable machines. Lincoln works in internet security. He reads e-mails. In his defense, he didn't know about
3.5 stars. // This was so much fun, and very cute. I am usually not that fond of cute reads, but I really enjoyed this one. And that says a lot.
From start to finish I was hooked! As the story started to develop I grew more and more frustrated because I just had to hurry up and see how it was all going to end... And it ended PERFECTLY!

I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book as it is more adult fiction but Rainbow Rowell (yet again) did not disappoint! Despite the fact I couldn't always relate and connect to the characters as they are older than me, it didn't make this read any less enjoyable.

What an incredible bunch of grea
Amy (Foxy)
Lincoln answered a job ad for what he thought would be his ideal career.
'Full-time opportunity for Internet security officer. $40K+ Health, dental."
But instead it should have read,
"Wanted: someone to read other people's e-mail. Swing shift."

Lincoln fell for Beth from her flagged e-mails she wrote her friend, Jennifer, and Beth fell from him by just seeing him around the office. The only problem is neither one of them knows who the other one is because Lincoln doesn't know which face in the o
Maybe more like a 4.25 stars..

Gosh, this was soo cute! This book made me smile so much, I loved Beth and Jennifer's convos, they're so witty and hilarious! Lincoln was totally adorable, I loved him so much! Definitely my fave Rainbow book so far! Made me so happy at some points and smile so hard! Too adorable!
Attachments was such a charming perfect example of “chick lit” with wacky humor, and a sweet slow burn romance.

Lincoln is stuck in a life rut at twenty-eight. He’s back at home living with his mother, stuck in a job that pays well but is completely unfulfilling, and still hung up after a bad college breakup. Part of Lincoln’s job is to monitor the company email for improper usage and to hand out warnings to abusers. When Beth and Jennifer’s emails wind up in his flagged folder he finds himself
3 1/2 stars

My favorite thing about this book is that Rainbow Rowell took so many of the “chick lit” hallmarks – a down on luck main character who’s living at home, a crappy job, a bad break-up, a love from afar, a makeover, a new apartment, a feisty old lady friend (with a basset hound!), a wedding, and a baby – and thought…yeah, I could cast a dude in that lead role. And it worked!

This is the one and only chick-lit novel I’ve ever read that featured a man as the lead character, and I have to s

I had mixed feelings for this, I guess it was sweet and lovely but at the same time it was slow paced, annoying, and somewhat unrealistic.

-What's what: Lonely loser Lincoln works in computer security, he has to read other people's emails, he comes across email exchanges between two friends (Jennifer and Beth), instead of telling them to stop breaking the rules he becomes attached to their emails and lives, he then starts to fall in love with Beth even though he's never met her, and he sl
helen the bookowl
This is a very cute book that puts a smile on your face. Rainbow Rowell is a master at creating believable and endearing characters and this book was no exception. I thought it was hilarious how Jennifer and Beth kept e-mailing back and forth during work hours - it seemed like they were doing no work which I think is very relatable. I also really liked Lincoln whom I first thought was a geeky kind of guy, but I was surprised when I halfway through the book found out that he was not that type of ...more
David Kang

This was my first Rainbow Rowell book and I am absolutely astounded by this woman's talent. She has an uncanny ability to develop a character who's so so compelling and likeable and real that you can't help but love him/her. That's really hard to do. Bring able to connect with a character to such a profound degree as I did in Attachments is rare and a huge treat. Her characters are so subtly and genuinely human.

I didn't expect to fall in love with this book. It's about an office romanc
Kim  *Mo Chridhe*
I find it impossible not to be charmed by anything Rainbow Rowell writes. When I read Eleanor & Park I cheered for the 80's references and mixed tapes. And then I read Fangirl a.k.a. What it Means to be an Introvert and yelled "Amen!" when Cath said that, "to really be a nerd... you had to prefer fictional worlds to the real one." But THIS. This is MY Rainbow book. I know this because when a character said, "despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage," I sang the sentence instead o ...more
Laura Ann
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Okay, I just have to say that I loved this story to pieces. All of the characters were so funny and likable, I felt so attached(ha) to them, I literally started crying when the book ended. Honestly one of the most fun, entertaining, and heart-warming books I've read in a while, TOTALLY RECOMMEND!
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet
  • Life in Outer Space
  • How to Love
  • Something Real (Something Real, #1)
  • Reality Boy
  • Roomies
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)
  • Just One Night (Just One Day, #2.5)
  • Everything Leads to You
  • Love Hacked (Knitting in the City, #3)
  • Real Live Boyfriends: Yes. Boyfriends, Plural. If My Life Weren't Complicated, I Wouldn't Be Ruby Oliver (Ruby Oliver, #4)
  • Night of Cake & Puppets (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2.5)
  • Nowhere But Home
  • The Chocolate Thief (Amour et Chocolat, #1)
  • 45 Pounds (More or Less)
  • The One In My Heart
  • Open Road Summer
  • OCD, the Dude, and Me
Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that
More about Rainbow Rowell...

Share This Book

“Every woman wants a man who'll fall in love with her soul as well as her body.” 605 likes
“There are moments when you can't believe something wonderful is happening. And there are moments when your entire consciousness is filled with knowing absolutely that something wonderful is happening.” 420 likes
More quotes…