Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

It took me a while to get into Attachments, but in the end I was hooked! This is Chick Lit through and through, basically a rom-com with little substance or merit, but just plain feel-good fun. As I said, it takes a while to get in to. I found myself focused on Jennifer and Beth’s emails in the beginning, which are fun but a bit banal, when what I really needed to realize that this is far more Lincoln’s story then theirs.

Lincoln is the geeky guy, lacking in social skills and confidence, and as such is just kind of floating through life without a direction. Working in IT Security, he spends his nights reading flagged company emails and feeling terrible about it. That’s how he comes to know Jennifer and Beth, meeting them through the emails they write to each other. Through the roller coaster ride that is their friendship, we see them through a lot…and so does Lincoln. When he realizes he’s developing feelings for Beth, he knows he can never do anything about it because of how much he’s already violated their privacy (even if it was his job).

What I really loved about this novel was Lincoln’s personal growth. It’s about him learning confidence, independence, and self-worth. And it’s only after he starts to love and respect himself that he gets the girl. Overall a cute and fun romantic romp, plus a story of self-discovery and growth. Nothing new or unique about it, but sometimes you just want something light and easy.

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