Rowell, Rainbow

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail, but they still spend all day sending each other messages baring their personal lives like an open book. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can't bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can't help but be entertained and captivated by their stories. But by the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late for him to ever introduce himself.

Publisher: New York :, Dutton,, [2011], ©2011
ISBN: 0525951989
Branch Call Number: FICTION Row
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 10, 2015

An unlikely, epistolary-sorta romance blossoms when an IT guy spies on a movie reviewer's email.

Nov 22, 2014

Warm and witty romance that reads very easily.

Nov 12, 2014
  • bandblair rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Not her strongest, but still cute and well-written.

Oct 29, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_SarahW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved this throwback to the late 1990s. I don't know if I ever did emails back and forth as much as these 2 friends, but I love the premise. Great love before sight story and wonderful characters.

Oct 08, 2014
  • RPLtheresa rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Lincoln is hired to read staff emails flagged as inappropriate at the local newspaper. At first it seems to be the perfect job: he works mostly alone, the job is pretty easy, and at times amusing. However, when Lincoln starts to look forward to reading emails between coworkers Beth and Jennifer he starts to question his behaviour - especially once he finds himself falling in love with Beth. Funny and sweet, I couldn't put this book down! Rainbow Rowell has also written Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Landline.

Sep 25, 2014
  • multcolib_darceem rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book made me put down the other 5 books I was supposed to be reading to read this instead. Rowell is a master of painfully honest and funny-smart dialogue.

Sep 06, 2014
  • Persassy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ah, nothing like a love story between two stalkers. Just what a fangirl needs.

Aug 18, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Rainbow Rowell is quickly becoming on of my favorite authors. She knows just the right way to make her characters believable. Enjoyed this book!

Jul 20, 2014

"Lincoln's job is to monitor the email communications between co-workers at the newspaper he works for; Beth and Jennifer are best friends who, despite the newspaper's email policy, spend much of their time chatting and confiding via email. While reading their correspondence, Lincoln unexpectedly gets hooked on their daily dramas and falls for Beth. Set in 1999-2000, when email was still relatively new, this leisurely paced novel offers both charm and humour. Fans should keep an eye out for author Rainbow Rowell's latest, Landline, published this month!" Fiction A to Z July 2014 newsletter

Jul 18, 2014

Lincoln O’Neil works as an internet security officer, thinking he’d be able to do exciting tasks to ensure the security of the company’s he works for. In reality, O’Neil monitors the work emails of the employees within the company; a very unenjoyable job at first glance. While doing this dreary task, Lincoln comes across the emails being sent between Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder. Lincoln is supposed to report emails that are not work related, but he finds that he is drawn to the conversations between the two women – especially Beth’s messages.

The name “attachments” acts as a double meaning, the first of which implies the fact that most of the novel revolves around emailing and Lincoln is, in a sense, “attached” in the emails between the two women without their knowledge. The second of which represents the growing attachment between Lincoln towards Beth, although she does not know it yet. It is far too late when Lincoln realizes that he is falling for Beth without technically meeting her, thus he has become just an attachment in the emails.

This novel, taking place right before the new millennium, has the ability of capturing the attention of readers. This is due to the somewhat strange reality of how a person can fall in love without even meeting in real life. This concept relates to the still unsettling prospect of online dating in our time. Meeting online, whether through email or online video games, has become a new way of getting to know a person without having to rely on appearances and physicality for a connection between each other. The growing attachment of Lincoln to Beth, even without meeting, takes in a hilarious yet sweetly romantic aspect that truly is able to keep readers enticed while watching this clever and witty love story unravel.

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