Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

book review

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

[Audiobook purchased from Audible]


Goodreads synopsis:

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?

Full book details here.



Attachments was such a unique love story in the style I’ve come to love and appreciate from Rainbow Rowell: strong supporting characters, the quote-worthiness, and the down-to-earth romance.

I didn’t mean to finish this audiobook in a day, but that’s just kind of what happens when I pick up a book by Rainbow. I get so wrapped up in the story that I just keep listening, abandoning human interaction and sleep. I kept finding reasons to pop in my headphones (my house got very clean, all the laundry done, and meal prep for the week thanks to this book!)

Though this wasn’t my favorite of the three books I’ve read by Rainbow so far, I still really enjoyed it.

This story brought me back to the days of Y2K that I almost forgot about. Looking back, it all seems so ridiculous. I thought this time period was the perfect backdrop for the story.

The build-up to Lincoln and Beth actually meeting was almost excruciating. That’s the thing about the books I’ve read by Rainbow, she has a way of making the small things between the H/h matter: (SPOILER ALERT) in Eleanor and Park it was the first time they held hands, in Fangirl it was when Cath finally realizes Levi has been attracted to her all along, in this book it was when Lincoln realizes Beth has seen him and calls him her “Cute Guy.” Seriously, Lincoln’s reaction to that was so sweet. (SPOILER ALERT OVER)

There are two small reasons why this one didn’t get a full 5 stars for me and, to be honest, if I gave half stars this would be a 4.5 because these are just personal preferences, but Lincoln was a little too needy and unambitious for me. That particular trait has always been a turnoff for me, so I found myself cringing quite a bit at some of the things he thought/did. (I appreciate someone with passion and drive, Lincoln lacked this completely.)

Also, I really wish Beth and Lincoln had met earlier in the book or that there was more interaction between the two once they finally met. Rainbow is so incredible with interactions between main characters and there was absolutely none until the very end. I get that’s kind of the whole point of this story, and I’m fine with the build up, but I just craved more in the end. So much more because I know if Rainbow had written more, it would’ve been spectacular.

Overall, though, this was the only story (from a book or movie) that pulled off love at first sight (or even love before first sight) for me.


Audiobook Performance: 3 Stars


The voice acting was fine in this audiobook, however, the email exchanges between Jennifer and Beth got a little confusing. Also, the actor didn’t really switch voices between characters which made it hard to tell who was speaking. My biggest qualm, however, was the fact that a man didn’t read the book… I mean, we’re in Lincoln’s head for the entire story… Ideally this would’ve had a male and a female voice actor.


Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars


Despite there not being very much interaction between Lincoln and Beth, I still managed to have some butterflies in my belly. Rainbow is so good at putting you in the character’s head that I felt a lot of the anxiousness that Lincoln felt.


Re-read Worthiness: 2 Stars

Maybe I’d re-read certain parts, but it isn’t likely.


Bookshelf Placement: Yes

I think I’m going to need hard copies of all of Rainbow’s books, even the ones that aren’t 5 stars.


New Book Boyfriend: No

Like I said, though Lincoln was super sweet and kind, it just didn’t make up for his lack of ambition. I had to laugh out loud when I found out he played D&D because my husband used to get together weekly with a group of guys (and one girl) to play that game and I swear he had several friends who played that were just like Lincoln. Like those guys, I’d love Lincoln as the sweet big guy I’d talk to and request hugs from when I’m feeling mopey, but I’m just not attracted to that kind of guy. Give me drive and passion!

Do you remember the Y2K craze? I was in high school and I remember having a bunch of Y2K stickers. I have no idea why or how I obtained said stickers, but I think there may still be a picture of my friend and I with the stickers on our back pockets LOL!


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