Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is another hit! This writer is officially on my favorites shelf. The witty dialogue and snarky characters are amusing as hell.
The year is 1999, and The Courier newspaper is just getting the internet in the office. Paranoid about employees goofing off on the web and misusing the company email, they hired an IT guy to filter any “red flagged” emails.
Lincoln is the man hired for this particular job. If an email gets flagged with one of the trigger terms, he’s supposed to send the sender a warning email, letting them know that if they continue to abuse the company email account, they will be reprimanded.
Beth and Jennifer are work friends that became best friends. They continuously throw caution to the wind and use their work emails to chitchat during working hours about their personal lives and dilemmas as well as discussing their work lives. The snark and bitterness that flies between these two gals naturally triggers a red flag.
The first time Lincoln reads one of their emails, he is immediately pulled in by their cleverness and zeal. Lincoln has no idea what he wants from life: he has a million degrees that he does nothing with, lives with his mother at the age of 28, and his only social activity includes playing Dungeons & Dragons every Saturday night with his buddies. Talk about a panty dropper of a guy, right?
As Lincoln continues to receive and read Beth and Jennifer’s personal emails, he becomes captivated by them, Beth in particular. He never sends them a warning email, even though he should have sent about a hundred or so by now. So he continues to creep on the sidelines, reading their messages to each other.
When he discovers that the girl he has been electronically crushing on has seen him around and refers to him as “My Cute Guy”, even though she has a live-in boyfriend, Lincoln doesn’t know what to do. But something in the girls’ emails encourages him to try harder at life, and make more of a social effort.
Sounds incredibly creepy right? It kind of is, but in a fantastically hilarious sort of way. You never really consider what your life looks like to an outsider because usually all they see is the outer shell of what we project ourselves to be. But what if a stranger could somehow know the real you?
I’m telling you, Rainbow Rowell has a gift for words. You will be entertained to the extreme with this witty novel. Read it, and read it now. That is all.
Five out of five stars.