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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  32,194 ratings  ·  5,809 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...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 14th 2011 by Dutton Adult
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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
Dec 02, 2011 Noelle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Noelle by: Maggie
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, to make sure no one i...more
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
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...more
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!
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...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...more
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!
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
I feel really sorry for the next book that I read. I don't know how you follow up to a book that just hit all the right notes.

I'd heard about Attachments from two of my lovely blogger friends (Alea & Sarah) last year, who'd raved about this here little book. I hadn't read an epistolary novel since required reading back in my high school days, but their reviews got me really excited to read it, that's for sure. But I thought to myself, "Hmm, this sounds interesting. A story told through email...more
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...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
Freaking adorable! I have loved Rainbow Rowell’s other contemporaries and this is no exception. While I did like Fangirl and Eleanor and Park better this is still better that 90% of the other contemporaries out there (that is a personal opinion and not a fact). The humor throughout the banter between best friends Beth and Jennifer was so much fun and reminded me of the easy conversation tangents that I have with some of my own friends.

“Oh, I love period dramas, especially period dramas starring...more

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...more
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Absolutely adorable! "You've Got Mail" is my favorite movie of ALL TIME, so of course a novel with e-mails was going to hit all the right notes with me. I really do think this is Rowell's best, only because it manages to be cute, engaging, and realistic. I love Lincoln's adulthood crises, Beth and Jennifer's friendship, their relationships and where they find themselves in life. ATTACHMENTS is an ode to the complications of adulthood, right alongside the good times. Is the endin...more
Alicia (is beyond tired of your *ish)
This was one of the books I read while studying for the bar. I needed light, fluffy, and sweet and this book delivered that and much more. I loved it.

The story follows Lincoln, the IT guy of a newspaper who works overnights so he doesn't really have to deal with people and the job is fairly easy. Until the paper decides to institute a program that flags e-mails that aren't strictly about work or are inappropriate since e-mail was a fairly new office tool back then and management didn't want it a...more
Sooooooo cute. This book is so cute! We start off with Jennifer and Beth, BFFs and co-workers at an Iowa newspaper. (Or maybe it was Nebraska. Whatever, same difference.) Told via their email exchanges, their chapters are smart and funny with great dialogue and chemistry. Think Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, or you and your best friend. Then the chapters alternate to Lincoln, the guy in charge of IT security at the paper. The story is told from Lincoln's perspective, and whereas we only get to see Je...more
A sweet and funny read with all the awkwardness of the situation beaming at the reader.

Rowell provides witty characters with just the right amount of quirkiness enough to make the reader identify, if not love them. The pop culture references, especially the sci-fi ones are delightful, and doesn't seem to be forced and out of context.

The setting and the character dilemmas of the story would provide a good rapport especially to late-bloomers.

This review, along with my other reviews, has been cr...more

3.5 stars

I really needed this book at this place and time in my life.

I needed a book about women and men and friends and family and failed relationships and hopeful new ones. I needed a book not just about lovers and sex and romance. And though it was flawed in so many ways, it fit…for me.

I used to consume an embarrassing amount of “chick-lit” back in the day. I liked finding ways to identify with the women in these books. I liked the fellowship of broken hearts, of overspending, of gossiping w...more
Feb 17, 2013 Louize rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Louize by: AennA
Shelves: favorites
Same thoughts from The Page Walker

WARNING: Cute guy flagged your emails.

Lincoln is 28 years of age, cute, single, plays Dungeon n’ Dragons, and lives with his mom; which worries his sister Eve. Lincoln’s new job, however, requires him to filter company emails at a local newspaper. He sits all night reading through employees’ correspondents and sends them warnings if they violate company email policy. Although the job earns him good money, Lincoln hates this job.

Ergo. Therefore. Thus …He technic
Charley Cook
This was my second encounter with Rowell, the first being her YA novel - a novel that, for all its flaws, moved me in unexpected ways. This one was about the same kind of thing, and in some ways was an interesting thing to experience, that there really isn't much that has to distinguish YA from adult when it comes to romance, even if the characters are more than a decade apart in age.
Rowell's writing, for me, fall in the Almost but Not Quite category. Her characters are funny, but they all sound...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Jun 04, 2012 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of rom-coms and people looking for a comfort read
Shelves: fiction, 2012, favourite
Lincoln has never taken a decisive action for himself: he's quite content to let things happen to him, especially when it was his ex-girlfriend making the decisions. After that disastrous break-up, he hasn't been too interested in much of anything. He took a while to finish his degree, then topped it up with a couple of Masters, and now is living at home with his mum and working nights at a newspaper as the IT security guy (even though he never took a single IT class). His job is simple: read th...more
Oh my, this book. I loved it from beginning to end. I even loved the acknowledgments.
I started it yesterday, in the subway, when I was coming back from German class. And then I got home, took a shower (if only they could make waterproof Kindles) and got back to it. I literally couldn't put the book down. Today I spent the entire day reading and here we are. I haven’t read a book this fast in a while, and I haven’t loved a book this much in a while. I read some awesome books lately (for example,...more
Okay so it's not a surprise that I ended up kind of loving this. Oh Rainbow Rowell the things you do to me!

Meet our unassuming protagonist Lincoln. A 28 year old that moved back home after getting yet another graduate degree. He gets a job at a newspaper company as an IT guy whose main duty is to read through emails. If the system flags anything inappropriate he notifies those people. But there are these two women, Beth and Jennifer, who he doesn't notify. Lincoln works at night and the work can...more
Jane Stewart
5 stars for the ending and character definitions. 3 stars for my impatience during the book.

This is chick lit with a romantic ending. I was impatient and frustrated because I wanted them to get together sooner, and it wasn’t happening. Then in the last few pages - wow - they are together and it’s fabulous! It was wonderful!. Loved those last few pages. And that made the book worth reading.

In most romance stories the couple is together on and off, maybe conflict, maybe a fight, and then happy at...more
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