“Attachments”—A Book Review

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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.   

“The Eternal Ones”—A Book Rant

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The Eternal Ones by Kristen Miller was completely redic. To be honest I can’t even remember a whole lot from this book because it was just a whole bunch of boring nonsense that never really led anywhere.

Basic overview:

Haven has had “visions” ever since she was a little kid, but her grandmother refuses to let her speak of it and sent her to therapy for many years to get her to stop talking about them. Haven keeps seeing herself as another person in a former life with a guy.

Then one day she sees celebrity Iain on TV and is all like, “OMG, I know him from a past life, I must leave my rinky-dink Tennessee town and go to New York to find him!”

With convincing from her gay bf and some weird backwoods pastor, she sets off for NYC. While there, she runs into the movie star, Iain and he instantly recognizes her and is all, “Oh, thank God, you finally found me. I became a movie star in this life hoping that you would see my face and come be in love with me again.”

Haven discovers some secret Ouroboros Society and unravels weird sketchy past secrets about a bunch of people who also keep getting reincarnated. Is Iain lying to her about stuff? Has she been murdered before? Does someone want to murder her now? Did her therapist back in Tennessee sell her out? Did her dead father believe her when she was a kid and was his death an accident?

Seriously…this book was ridiculous…and not in an entertaining kind of way. I got really bored with the back and forth, “I love him! I can’t trust him! I love him! He lied to me! But I love him!”

I give this book one star. I will NOT be reading the sequel.  

#harshtruths