Friday, 25 April 2014
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Lincoln is a single twenty-something working in the IT department of a newspaper office just before Y2K. The problem is, he still lives with his Mum and his job is to read the emails of his fellow workers, reporting any inappropriate contact. The personal emails of two women in particular keep getting flagged up, day after day. The more Lincoln reads the conversations between Jennifer and Beth, the more he learns about Beth's relationship dilemma and Jennifer's decision about whether being a parent is for her, the more he can't bring himself to report them. In fact, he finds himself falling for Beth. But with no way to introduce himself without coming clean about his 'snooping', is there any hope for Lincoln and Beth?
I downloaded Attachments on to my kindle as I really enjoyed Rowell's Eleanor and Park, and was interested to read her adult fiction. And for the most part, Attachments met my expectations - it was a fun, quick read with well written characters that I ended up rooting for. I liked Lincoln because he wasn't perfect, and because I think his struggle to know what to do with himself after university is something that most people of my generation can relate to. Beth and Jennifer's email conversations really bought the book to life, and allowed Rowell to deal with some difficult issues with a light touch. In fact, the emails were my favourite part of the book, I thought both women were very well written and the dialogue between them felt true to life.
However, I didn't enjoy Attachments as much as I did Eleanor and Park. One reason was that it was annoying how often Lincoln was described as being perfect in the looks department. There's one too many sentences about how big and dreamy he was, and it became irritating. Beth too was apparently stunning and this was a bit of a shame since Rowell had gone to so much trouble to make their personalities flawed and real. Also, I found the end of the book overly sweet. I'm as big a fan of romance as the next person, but it was just too saccharine and this killed my enjoyment of the book a little. So Attachments was a fun, light read but it would have benefited from just a little more depth.
Source: Personal copy (kindle)
First Published: 2011
Score: 3 out of 5