Saturday, October 22, 2011

Book Review - Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Attachments 
Author: Rainbow Rowell 
Year: 2011
Page: 323
Genre: Fiction - Chick Lit

FTC Disclosure: Borrowed from the library

Summary (from
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.

First Sentence:
Would it kill you to get here before noon?

My Thoughts:

  • I must have been in a fluffy mood back in May because I read 2 chick lits (not my usual genre) that month (the other was Addition by Toni Jordan, reviewed here). When I read Helen's Book Blog's review, I put it on my TBR list because she liked it so much (plus I read a lot of other very positive reviews.)
  • It was a cute read, but like all other chick lit, the storyline became too predictable for me... I know, it's the journey not the destination and all that, but a good twist or a good ending makes such a big difference in my opinion (at least when it comes to books or movies anyway.)
  • The book was written in an email format and it was fun to read. Almost seemed like we were eavesdropping... the characters were likeable. At least nobody was unrealistically perfect. Some people found the story humorous but I didn't recall finding it that funny. Though I have a strange sense of humor. So it's just me. I prefer witty or dry humor (think Whose Line Is It Anyway) than say, Jim Carrey type of humor (in fact, I didn't find his movies funny at all... ) 
  • The title is quite clever though - since Attachments has a different meaning when it comes to emails. Can't really say the cover design is that eye-catching though.
  • So again, an overall quick beach-type read. I guess I am still not convinced that chick lit is my genre. But that's okay, just as murder/mystery/thriller/suspense is not for everyone either :) 

"Do you believe in love at first sight?"... "I don't know," he said. "Do you believe in love before that?" (p319)

Overall Rating:

3 Stars. Light-hearted read.

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  1. This looks an interesting, fluffy book. I may see if the library have it.

    I read a year or two ago a book slightly similiar, and found that particular book, whose title escapes me at the moment (although I can visualise the cover) was too silly & I think was probably aimed at younger readers!

  2. @Anglers Rest - Definitely check out other reviews! I think if you are in the mood for a fluffy read, than you'd be satisfied. But if you are usually not into chick lit type of books, then this book won't change your mind about the genre.

  3. I agree with your review also, I was totally in the mood and needed somthing light. I hate predictable too and thats why we don't read this genre right, there were love moments for me also so I did give it a 4. The cover, such a bore.

    1. Yeah there were some fun moments. I guess I like "the Notebook" the best in this genre (though I'd only watched the movie, not read the book) just because there was an unexpected twist, plus the love seemed stronger.