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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
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Paperback, 357 pages
Published February 2012 by Orion (first published April 14th 2011)
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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 p…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 profa…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)

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Zoë
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had attempted to read this book a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn't feeling it and gave up after 40 pages. Man, am I happy that I gave it a second chance! This was so dang cute and surprisingly not cheesy despite the plot sounding like a total cheese-fest. I love how this wasn't just an adorable slow-building romance, but it also follows Lincoln and his difficulties with growing up and moving on. Definitely read this if you are a fan of Rainbow Rowell's other novels or romantic comedies!

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Ashley
December 2015: I love you, book.

(Sidenote: After my first re-read, this may not be my favorite Rainbow Rowell book anymore? I still love it beyond reason, but I think she's just matured so much as an author, Carry On or Fangirl might overtake it when I get to them. I guess we'll see!)

February 2013: 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
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Lilyan
CONTAINS SPOILERS

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,
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Kassidy
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! I loved everything about it, definitely a new favorite. <3
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! ...more
Noelle
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
This romance contemporary was creepy. Not cute. It felt like I was reading YA, not Adult and it was literally one step away from You by Caroline Kepnes.

The main character is basically described as a “loser”. He's 28, plays D&D, has no social skills, lives with his mom and has never gotten over his high school sweetheart... BUT WAIT he’s actually tall, muscular, hot and has multiple degrees!!!! Right.

I honestly don’t understand the hype.
With a few changes it could have easily been a thriller/ho
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rin
i am looking at all the positive ratings and reviews people gave this book and only have one thought which is what the fuck.
this is the creepiest and the most disturbing book i've read in years.

there is the main character (Lincoln) who falls in love w/ this woman (Beth) while reading her e-mails to her bestfriend. yes, it's his job, e-mails get flagged by the filter and he's supposed to send a warning to the person who wrote something that didn't pass the filter. except he doesn't send the warn
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Regan
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned-read
I AM GUSHING FROM THE CUTENESS
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
emma
I’m genuinely sad right now. I wish I was made up of enough faith and romanticism and cotton candy and rainbows to buy into this book, or at least suspend my own version of reality for long enough to enjoy it fully. But alas, I’m a cynic with a 3.1 average rating. Swoony romance is just not how I roll.

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You have to concede to some big-ass, brand-name concepts if you wanna enjoy this book. Chief among them? True love and love at first sight. The Big Two, as
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Aj the Ravenous Reader
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Jenny

Buddyread with my big sister Rachel (who thought this was going to be boring-look who's laughing now. bahaha).

I don’t know who is more pathetic: characters leading pathetic lives or the reader who loved reading about these characters. I’m pretty sure it’s the latter although I could care less about what this says of me because I just inexplicably adore this novel. Many may disagree but I think the premise of this novel is completely original and IMO, the most creative plot yet in the four book
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Justin
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**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
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☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
A double entendre title: we get to know not only just about attachments as in letters/msgs but also about attachments as in how people work together, how the build up their feelings towards each other and themselves and how they get over unhealthy attachments (as in when life at home is a teensy wheensy tad dysfunctional). How they find each other and maybe, maybe, if they are really lucky and the stars bless them, they stay that way, happily ever after.

Here we observe some loner IT guy and lear
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Theresa
Rainbow Rowell has a gift for writing beautiful and unconventional love stories. Her characters always feel vibrant, energetic, quirky, and rich in emotion. "Attachments" follows a shy, socially-awkward, (he loves playing Dungeon & Dragons) deeply insecure 28 year-old named Lincoln. Lincoln still loves at home with his mom, and works at a job he absolutely despises (his job is to read/filter his co-workers emails). Without giving away too much of the plot, I will say that Lincoln grows tremendou ...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
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Ariel
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Whitney Atkinson
If I hadn't listened to this on audiobook, there's no way I would have been able to finish it. Horribly boring. I literally fell asleep twice while listening to this and missed about 5 chapters, but I couldn't be bothered to rewind and listen to what I missed. The entire premise is creepy and voyeuristic, and I didn't agree with their relationship. I love Rainbow's writing, but this one was my least favorite of hers. It definitely doesn't compare to her newer releases. Overall, I did not enjoy t ...more
BookLover
Re-read in 2017 - sigh, nothing new to add here, except, this book gets better and better with each read

Re-read in 2016 - this book, an all-time favourite, was just what I needed this week!!! Loved it just as much this time around. Every word was perfection. sigh!

**Original review 04/24/15**
Oh, my poor heart, how I loved this book. How is it possible that Rainbow Rowell, no matter who the character is, no matter what the storyline, can get inside and make me feel every minute of her stories? Wha
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Warda
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
The ending made my heart swell.
Nat
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I remember reading this book when I felt just as lost as Lincoln. Rereading this now, I feel slightly hopeful seeing how some things hit a brighter light, thanks to this great psychopathology course I took this summer that gave me clarity on so many questions I held about mental health.

I think that's the power of revisiting the same books: seeing the (hopeful) growth in your life from the last time you read the book.

I was wondering why the events of this book were so fresh in my mind... turns o
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Stacee
2017: Yep, still perfection. I love it more than I could say.

This was just perfection. I adored the premise and the format it was written in was phenomenal. I LOVED that we got into Lincoln's head and only knew Beth and Jennifer in the same way Lincoln did.

Beth is the sort of friend I want to have. I want to hang out and get drunk and probably arrested with her. She's smart as hell, quick with a comeback and hilarious.

Lincoln is sweet and every descriptive word that Beth and Jennifer use for h
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Amy | littledevonnook
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, favorites
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
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Elisabeth
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. :)
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Bibi
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
This book is on my last nerve and I think the problem is me. DNF@ 25%
Eliza
Actual rating: 3.5/5

Having already read Eleanor and Park and Fangirl, I expected to enjoy this - and I did (obviously). However, it wasn’t as good as the other two, which is fine I guess. Either way, it was still a good “Valentine’s Day” read and I’m glad Rainbow Rowell didn’t disappoint, once again.

The beginning was sort of difficult to get into. For me, I tend to have trouble getting into male perspectives - I prefer reading through a females eyes because I can usually connect, for obvious rea
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Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I loved this book! It took me a while to finish it (I read most of it in February) but I still really enjoyed it. I related to Lincoln's uncertainty about life a lot. I also could relate to some of Beth and Jennifer's insecurities. It was interesting to read half of it in February and half of it in June. My life changed a lot over the course of those months and I found myself relating to it in very different ways. This definitely wasn't my favorite Rainbow Rowell book - it was slow at times and ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Kindle $1.99 sale, March 31, 2017.

I'd heard a lot about Rainbow Rowell's books but had never read one, so when this one went on a Kindle sale I snagged it. I wasn't really sure what to expect; I think I was expecting something a little more substantial, and this is pretty light. But it was a charming contemporary romance, managing to mix together little bits and pieces of You've Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle, but with an original spin.

Beth, a movie critic, and her married friend Jennifer c
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Jonathan Ashleigh
While entertaining, this novel lacked a lot. It seemed too easy and even though the main character was believable as a good guy, he was not someone anybody would want to date or be friends with. I appreciated the reality that was felt when the emails printed but had a much better time with The Sorrows of Young Mike which printed instant messenger conversations between people who I liked. John Zelazny built an awesome take on modern epistolary fiction when he parodied The Sorrows of Young Werther ...more
Claudia Ramírez
Aug 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
This book was cute.

A little too slow for me (and my lack of patience), but cute overall. I really loved the mail chatter betweeen Beth and Jennifer, they made me laugh a lot. And Lincoln, he was really sweet and I think he is the kind of boyfriend I would love to have (not only because of his personality, but because he's so tall, haha. And awkward and shy).

There were some quotes that made me giggle and others that made my heart all warm inside <3. This book was about to get 3 stars, but the en
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Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK, FANGIRL and THE SIMON SNOW BOOKS.). 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.

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