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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  166,987 ratings  ·  19,999 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 the
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published April 14th 2011 by Dutton
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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 Brutsch 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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Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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!

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

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,
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant! I loved everything about it, definitely a new favorite. <3
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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,
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
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
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Reread 6/13/18: Welp I still completely adore this book. It definitely features some iffy stereotypes at times, but I still can’t help but to get the warmest of fuzzies every single time I read this book. Lincoln is the cutest and I just die every time 😍

Reread 11/3/17: Re-read this for TBT this month and I mean is anyone at all surprised that I still adored this? Look out for my TBT video going up next week to hear more in depth thoughts!

Reread 9/26/16: Re-read this and I definitely still love t
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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
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-owned-read
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
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.

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
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
**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
Greg Allan Holcomb
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Ashwood (애쉬 우드).
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was awesome in a adorably sweet way. I found Lincoln and Beth really easy to like and really easy to dislike Chris and Sam those two have issues.

The main reason why I gave this 4 instead of 5 glorious stars is because of the fact that they didn't meet officially until like the second to last chapter or so! I did not like that but I loved the ending!

Really want to read more from this author. Awesome read, highly recommend :)
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
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
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
I really loved how tenderly the author weaned Lincoln from his self-imposed isolation. A much more profound novel than expected. An insightful, well thought out one. It's insanely engrossing, and I haven't the slightest idea why it's so immensely comforting.

Here we observe some loner IT guy and learn how he got that way. We observe him reading certain letters and obtaining from this practice almost therapeutic experience.

We see how some parents go to become overprotective, ruining their childr
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
The ending made my heart swell.
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 | littledevonnook
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
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
Update 2020:
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I realized while scrolling through my extensive ravings for Rainbow Rowell's books, I've failed to include Attachments in the excitement. We're gathered here today to mend that mistake.

“Or maybe he was just afraid to do something real.”

Funny to consider that Attachments used to be my least favorite Rowell book, maybe a bit above Landline, simply because I could not be bothered to even think about the adult world when I first read those books. And now, Attachments is like my secon
K. Elizabeth
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
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
Jonathan Ashleigh
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Sara (sarawithoutanH)
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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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.

When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguin

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