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Attachments: A Novel Paperback – March 27, 2012
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One of the “Outstanding Debuts of 2011”
— Kirkus Reviews
One of Entertainment Weekly’s 2011 Best Summer Reads
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This book takes place from two very different perspectives. The first is from Lincoln(Linc). About 65% (guesstimate) of the book we travel alongside him. He is an IT/security man for a newspaper. Late twenties, several degrees under his belt, very smart, and still living with mom. Right away I can see how socially awkward he is. Certain things with him just don't seem to 'click' on a relational or emotional level. Yet I could not help but like him.
The other perspective is all an email/chat between Beth and Jennifer. Two other employees at the paper. Part of Lincoln's job is to search and read emails that get flagged. He is supposed to warn employees about inappropriate computer usage. Yet he is drawn to their conversation. In particular he is drawn to Beth. So he never reports them yet continues the email reading.
In many ways, Linc's behavior is creepy-stalker like. Especially when he checks out her work station and starts going to her boyfriend's concerts. I try to accept the email reading as he is still doing his job (you never know when personal conversations can turn into something else) but the other things were not okay. So even though he is a nice guy, his disconnect gets him in trouble with me.
Another thing that drove me nuts in this book was the chat/email style. Every other chapter at first (and then every third chapter) is between Beth and Jennifer. While this part does not bother me, the STYLE in which is is written drives me nuts! << Beth to Jennifer >>......Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was such a funny and relevant book. Totally what my friends and I would write!Published 8 days ago by Lennis Sadler
This book was charming and clever and pretty funny. Lincoln works as an IT specialist at a newspaper, and his main job is to read the employees' emails that have been flagged for... Read morePublished 8 days ago by CA. reader
I was rooting for Lincoln and Beth right from the beginning but never felt they could get together. Loved the format (emails plus narrative); the characters were well developed. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Robyn Randolph
Could not put it down! The story and characters were interesting and relatable. The writing style is so open, made me feel like knew the characters! Read morePublished 12 days ago by Rachel
The beginning is a little rough but you fall in love with the main character. Plus the end makes the book. It's the perfect beach book.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
To keep it simple, I couldn't put this book down. I absolutely loved this story and I highly, highly recommend it!Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good beach read! Fun writing style using emails and also first person... really liked it!Published 1 month ago by Nicci Herbert