Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
The sample for this book has been sitting on my ereader for more than a year probably. And I’ve had it in my Kindle To-Buy Folder for probably almost that long. Honestly, I kept balking at the price ($10). But I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately, and I just really needed a good book this week. So I broke down and poneyed up the dough.
Attachments was totally worth it.
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell tells the story of Lincoln and Beth. They work at a newspaper together. Beth is the clever and funny movie reviewer. Lincoln is the shy, somewhat fumbling IT guy who ends up reading her email whenever the office email scanner flags it as inappropriate.
Yeah, Lincoln falls in love with Beth through her emails. The two of them don’t even see each other until halfway(?) through the book. And they don’t actually meet until…well, that’s kind of spoilery.
Kind of a crazy set-up, and in less skilled hands Lincoln could have come off as a total creeper. Instead he’s this warm, awkward, kind, adorable hero that I’m more than half in love with myself. And Beth, even though we mostly see her through her emails, Beth is just as well-drawn and engaging of a character. She’s clever, funny, kind, vulnerable. Wonderful. And the two of them are wonderful together.
As I was reading this book I kept being blown away by the writing. I think this is the most I have ever highlighted a book on my Kindle because I just kept coming across passages and thinking “Yes! This! Exactly!”
“I really am happy for Kiley. And for you and every other happily married lady. Except for that I’m not happy for you. I kind of want you all to drop dead. When Kiley showed me her ring–platinum, 1.4 carats–I really wanted to say something mean about it. Who needs a ring that big? I ask you. It was rings that big that made our grandmothers think Elizabeth Taylor was a whore.”
For a girl or a boy?
Go ahead. I know it’s awful.
It really is. For either a boy or a girl.
That name feathers its bangs.
It collects dream catchers.
“She laughed. It was better than he could have imagined. Like a giggle falling off its chair.”
This book makes me want to use all those cliche adjectives that get used for books: “relatable, heart-warming, brilliant” except I actually mean them. This book is relatable. I know exactly how Beth feels, how her friend Jennifer feels, how Lincoln feels. There were moments where I’ve had almost the exact same thought myself.
“Heart-warming.” It’s such an awful phrase but this book really is. I laughed out loud, but I also smiled brightly to myself when Lincoln had his small triumphs, when Beth finally got her act together, when Jennifer conquered her fears. When I finished this book, I was just in this warm soup of happiness. I haven’t rooted this hard for a couple to get together in a long time, and the glorious thing about this book was what with Lincoln reading Beth’s emails I wasn’t sure how they could ever get there. Obviously, they’re meant for each out, but how could they get past his invasion of her privacy?
I won’t spoil it, but I will say the book did have a satisfying resolution for this and did not pull its punches.
Oh, I just…I loved this book. Unreservedly, Whole-heartedly. When I finished I wanted to run down the street waving it in people’s faces saying “Read this! Read it!” Within a few minutes of finishing I was on FB and IM telling three different people they had to buy it.
And now I’m telling you: Try it. Read it. Love it. Ignore the price. This book is so good it is worth it.
I’m off now to glom Rainbow Rowell’s entire backlist. I have a feeling this is the beginning of a most beautiful author/reader relationship.
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