I’m still left in a little bit of a daze after just finishing ‘Attachments’ by Rainbow Rowell and I have to say, I loved it more than ‘Fangirl’ which everyone seems to praise the crap out of. Maybe that is because I had no expectations when I started to read this story unlike with ‘Fangirl’ where I was aware of how much everyone loved it. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed ‘Fangirl’ but I like ‘Attachments’ better. But let me start at the beginning.
This is a story set in 1999 about Lincoln; he is in his late twenties, living at home with his mother and working a job he hates. Said job involves snooping around other peoples emails sent at work. He mostly works during the nights which gets lonely, plus invading other peoples privacy was not his dream when he grew up. Enter Beth and Jennifer who are best friends and keep sending each other emails at work that get flagged because they are private messages.
Instead of warning them, Lincoln just keeps reading their conversations, slowly falling in love with one of them. Only, how can he lose his image of being the guy who reads other peoples emails?
I get that this premise is kind of creepy and stalker-y but it is not like he did it on purpose, at least not the first time. That he kept reading, maybe, definitely, questionable but he never pushes himself on any of the women, following them around or really staking them. I mean, if you know it is against company policy to send private emails and you keep doing it at work, you do forfeit a bit of your right to privacy, at least in my opinion. Maybe that’s just my understanding of the internet though. Nothing is really private on here. I know that and accept it. Period.
And really, I can’t be too mad at Lincoln for keeping on reading because I know myself and I would have done the exact same thing. Beth and Jennifers emails were just too good not to keep reading. So I really can’t sit on a moral high horse
What I loved about this book was that it wasn’t Young Adult. It was late 20s characters like myself. While I love reading about teenagers (it’s not been that long since I was one myself) it’s also really great to read a story about your own age group. About characters who are as flawed and drifting like yourself, not quite sure about what to do with themselves after college, embarking on their first serious job or just getting out of a first serious relationship, thinking about starting a family, all that stuff.
The characters are a bit role reversed, at least in my opinion. Lincoln, despite his body size is a truly sweet and nice guy. He is shy and it is him who falls in love first. He spends all his time worrying about the girl not loving him back. Normally, this is a very female trade in characters. Plus, he falls in love with the girl because of her words, not really caring about her looks.
And while I had a cuteness overflow error by the end of the story, it is not all roses and rainbows. There are ups and downs that make it feel a lot like real life. Rowell knows how to break it up though. One moment you are hit with the sadz over something and the next thing you know is you’re laughing over a particular line. In general it is a rather upbeat story but not too upbeat to be unrealistic.
In the middle I was getting a bit impatient though, wanting Lincoln to finally reveal himself which he didn’t do. People tend to usually not listen to me, fictional or otherwise. It all worked out splendidly in the end though and I really, really loved this book. I can’t wait to read Eleanor and Park but I’m not reading it right after Attachments because that would probably not work out very well for me.