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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reprint edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452297540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452297548
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 3.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In sweet, silly, and incredibly long digital missives, best newsroom pals Beth and Jennifer trade gossip over their romances—Beth with her marriage-phobic boyfriend, Chris, and Jennifer with her baby-mania-stricken husband, Mitch. What they don't know is that the newly hired computer guy, Lincoln, an Internet security officer charged with weeding out all things unnecessary or pornographic, is reading their messages. But lonely Lincoln lets the gals slide on their inappropriate office mail and gets hooked on their soapy dalliances, falling head over heels for the unlucky-in-love Beth. Debut novelist and real-life newspaper columnist Rowell has the smarts for this You've Got Mail–like tale of missed connections, but what doesn't work so well is the firewall between the traditional narrative reserved for Lincoln's emergence from shy guy to Beth's guy, and heroines who are confined to the e-epistolary format. Despite the structural problems, there's enough heart and humor to save these likable characters from the recycle bin. (Apr.)
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"Perfectly mixing sweet romance with deliciously tart wit, Rowell's literary debut is a complete charmer."
(-Chicago Tribune )

One of the “Outstanding Debuts of 2011”
— Kirkus Reviews

One of Entertainment Weekly’s 2011 Best Summer Reads

More About the Author

Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

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Customer Reviews

A sweet, quirky and very funny love story.
Its been awhile since I was so engrossed in a book that I stayed up until 1 am reading, but I couldnt seem to put this one down until it was finished.
Lacy Thon
Yeah, Lincoln falls in love with Beth through her emails.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Anna Chan on April 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When I arrived today at the airport for a flight to Chicago, I was secretly happy that the weather was so awful. I have to admit that I have never in my life ever thought this....and I have flown over 700k miles on United alone. But happy I was. Because it was going to give me more time with Attachments. I started reading. The first delay was announced. I smiled and kept reading. The second delay was announced I was relieved. I needed to know more about Lincoln. I needed to read more of Beth's fabulous one-liners. (How does one know when one's cervix is ripe? Do you thump it?...HA!). They announced boarding....and I thought.... Maybe we will be further delayed....hopefully..... They announced another delay....this time indefinite! I quietly rejoiced. I was the only one of hundreds of Chicago bound passengers smiling as I sank deeper and deeper into Lincoln, Beth and Jennifer....hoping to just continue living in their world.....6 hours of delays was the best flight experience I have had....ever. Because Attachments is everything I want in a book....wonderful characters who I fall in love with and cheer for and care for. Raibow, Thanks for a wonderful flight. If you couldn't tell - I loved it.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Whit on April 23, 2011
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Full disclosure: Rainbow is my friend. But I'll tell you what: If her book was lame, I would just not write a review? Because telling someone to read something that blows is mean to EVERYBODY. You would be all up in her grill. And write mean reviews right here.

But Attachments really IS is gentle, joshing, sweet and hopeful. Rowell puts her funny in the mouths of her well-drawn characters, likable types that you'd be pleased to meet and that you're happy to eavesdrop on. Her late-90s newsroom is familiar to me, because I knew lots of people in the newsroom that inspired her. She captures it delightfully, with attention to workplace detail and local feeling. She cradles her story in the crook of her elbow, and makes it seem easy to craft a narrative that is long on kind insights into good people.

No villain emerges. (Not even some real doofuses whom she pricks but declines to skewer.) Her cast of characters is making the best that they can of all of the day, not just its remains. You'll find yourself happy at their advances and sure their reverses will not last.

If there's a criticism, that's the one. Tension is limited and the sense that truth will out and love will conquer is never far from the surface of the page. It's a bit like Shakespearean comedy, where you know from the first moment that the strapping cast swaggers and sashays on that everything will be OK, at least eventually. There's no moment when we think the root will snap and a hero will plummet to a sad end. The safety harness is visible in every chapter.

I'll not be dissuaded from congratulating our author, all the same. She has found a charming voice with which to enter publishing. Her characters all fairly blink with delight to enter the sunshine and we're lucky to be near them, if only for a moment. I found dozens of smart quips, deft sentences, and natural progress for the story's subjects. I wanted good to triumph and love to conquer. I have no higher praise.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By NYCM on June 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I don't do book reviews but I fell in love with Attachments and didn't want it to end. Chick lit can be a shabby genre, with some slapped together stories and badly written characters. This book is what the genre could be, if publishers looked for authors who wrote from the heart and had an authentic voice. The characters are funny and interesting, but most importantly there's a sweetness in them and in the story itself that I haven't found in a long time. The best thing I can compare it to is Bridget Jones, which is the highest chick lit compliment. Just like Bridget captures a certain Brit tone, Attachments nails a Midwestern attitude that's as familiar as it is surprising. All I can say is read this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KSluss on November 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
If John Hughes Wrote a book in 1999 instead of 1986, this would have been it. It has his sense of his humor, his kind of intrapersonal/relationship issues, and Molly Ringwald sort of romance. I read the book in about five or six hours, not straight through, but almost. Lincoln is a big, romantic, galoof (how do you spell that?)who wears his heart on his sleeve. Beth is funny, smart, a little sarcastic. Her e-mail conversations read just like ones I have with my best friends at work. I would totally hang out with her. The characters all have interests in lots of the geek things I'm interested in. If you're not into geek culture, you might not get a lot of the jokes (comics, star wars, D&D, etc.). It's just old enough (like I said, it's set in 1999) for a lot of the pop culutral references to be almost nostalgic.
The characters will do things to move you, to irritate you, to make you laugh, to make you mad. Huh, sorta like real people.
I loved this book.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R.J. Leflar on April 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover

Have you ever fallen in love through email? Lincoln did in this light-hearted and funny book, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell, due to be published in April 2011. The story begins with Lincoln feeling like he's somehow trespassing into his co-workers lives as the IT Security Office watchdog. His job requires him to monitor the email going in and out of the newspaper office for red flag warnings issued through the Webfence mail filters. Two non-politically correct co-workers in particular, Jennifer and Beth, catch his attention and he begins to feel as if he knows them. Things heat up when Beth sends an email to Jennifer about 'my cute guy'. It dawns on Lincoln that Beth is talking about him! Then the story becomes even funnier as he wrestles with the dilemma of trying to find out what she looks like, where her desk is and feeling like a peeping tom into Beth and Jennifer's lives. This turn of events makes him feel even more disgusted with the progress of his own life, unable to move on after his girlfriend, Sam, broke his heart. His job is boring, his social life consists of playing Dungeons & Dragons on Saturday nights with old college friends and to make matters worse he begins to wonder about his ethics as a result of the email peeping. Beth is struggling with personal issues of her own and how the two eventually meet and fall in love will leave you sighing, 'how romantic'. This book is such a fun read, interweaving chapters of email exchanges with Lincoln's life. It keeps you interested and laughing throughout. I hope you give it a read. This is a good book I know you will enjoy.

*Thank you to Dutton of Penguin Books for my free Advanced Reading Copy. I was given no other compensation for this review.
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