Attachments was my second novel by Rainbow Rowell. After reading Eleanor and Park I knew I had to read more by this author, and her adult fiction did not disappoint. I do not often read romantic fiction, but Rainbow Rowell is hilarious and her stories and characters are so real that it’s easy to get swept up in their romance. While reading this book I had to stop and text my friends one-liners I’d copied from the page; Rowell is too funny not to share.
Beth and Jennifer are best friends and co-workers at the local paper whose relationship is told through their e-mails to each other. They are aware that their work e-mail is screened by security and willfully choose to ignore that while writing about their daily lives. Jennifer is married and struggling with the idea of potential motherhood. Despite her husband’s protests, Jennifer doesn’t want kids–until she finds herself in a Baby Gap buying a winter coat for an infant that doesn’t exist. Beth has been in a long-term relationship with her college boyfriend who is a small-time local rock star. They have been falling apart for quite some time, and Beth often expresses interest in the many cute boys she meets in the field.
Lincoln was hired on as IT Security and did not imagine that his nights would be filled with reading flagged personal e-mails. When Beth and Jennifer’s e-mails are flagged repeatedly, Lincoln finds himself drawn in. He doesn’t send them warnings or write them up but instead looks forward to reading about their lives. Over time Lincoln realizes he is in love with Beth and has no reasonable non-creepy way of introducing himself; “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . ” doesn’t feel appropriate.