Book Review and Giveaway *Ended*: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Attachments
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Details: ARC, 336 pgs (published in Hardcover)
Published: April 14th, 2011 by Dutton

isbn: 0525951989 (ISBN13: 9780525951988)
Reading Level: Adult
Source: Publisher for review
Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail. But the women still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he’d be sifting through other people’s inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help but be entertained-and captivated- by their stories.
But by the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you.” After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart . . . even if he can’t see exactly where it’s leading him.
Written with whip-smart precision and charm, Attachments is a strikingly clever and deeply romantic debut about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Even if it’s someone you’ve never met.

This book is the perfect example of why I like to step out of my comfort zone.  It’s not a book I would have picked up on my own.  The cover is a bit drab and the title doesn’t really tell me anything.  But if I had gone so far as to read the description (which I wouldn’t have) then I would have said it sounded interesting.  Which is exactly why I excepted it.  And I am SO glad I did!  Now that I’ve read it, the cover fits perfectly!  

This is a book for adults that crave some romance in a different way.  Not the typical romances we read, but the kind of romance we felt in high school.  Where we see a guy, or a girl, and we feel drawn to them but we’re too shy to speak up so we secretly watch them, and maybe even follow them.  We find out everything we can about them but still feel too shy to say anything.  Remember that?  Well, maybe I’m the only creep out there that did that.  Somehow I don’t think so.  But this book was like that.

It was told from Lincolns perspective.  We got his story but the two girls writing the emails that he has to read, well, we only know them from their emails.  And he does too.  He doesn’t know either of them personally but he reads through their tough times and he really feels for them and like he knows them because they are best friends, they really confide in each other.  And he starts to have feelings for Beth.

Lincoln is the sweet nerdy guy.  He’s not the typical male we read about, or even think we want to read about.  But he was so much more real then the guys we read about, or want to read about.  He’s the kind of guy we’d want in real life.  The guy who is truly devoted to you and does sweet things for you, that really puts your needs in front of his own.   And apparently he’s good looking, he just lacks confidence.

This was truly a unique book.  I found myself rooting for each of them. For Jennifer and her problems to work out,  for Beth and Lincoln to run into each other in the break room, or for something to happen.  And the build up is just fantastic.  I really thought it all played out perfectly.  Except for one small thing towards the end.  I felt like when things happened it happened in a way that maybe wasn’t so realistic.  It was too fast.  I can’t really explain it without spoilers, but those who read it will hopefully know what I mean.  It was just one small part when they actually first really meet.  After that it became amazing again.  

This book is full of funny, serious and romantic. 
Give this one a chance, I think some of you will be surprised at how much you do end up liking it!

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Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way. 

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  1. I’d LOVE to read this.
    I actually really like the cover, probably the simplicity and minimalism type approach it has.
    And after reading the synopsis, I think the title is perfect!

    Really good review :)
    I need to read more stories that come from a male perspective.


  2. Wonder why that cover was picked!
    I think this would be a very interesting story to read. Please count me in. I can understand how this can happen. Some people don’t really get it that office e-mail is not private!!!!


  3. Sounds great. One of those novels that might pull me away from my YA genre. Thanks for reviewing this and for the giveaway.
    candicerjames (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. ahh sounds like a book i would so get into while reading it. i love that hopeless romantic feel that you love someone who you never met. answers the questions of was it love or lust. Thanks for the giveaway :)


  5. This sounds like a really good book, one that I would certainly enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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