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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: 9780525951988
Branch Call Number: FICTION Row
Characteristics: 323 pages ; 24 cm


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May 15, 2017

It takes a while to get into but once you do it's ridiculously sweet.

Apr 13, 2017

A great book to read when you want to relax and escape and hang out with some good friends. Friends who happen to be characters, but Rainbow Rowell writes such good characters. It seems quaint to think about Y2K now, and 1999 in general, but that added to the sweet, nostalgic feel. Loved it.

Feb 28, 2017

The story starts slowly. It takes time before getting attached to the story. However, it worth pursuing the reading. I really like Rainbow Rowell's writing.

Feb 18, 2017

Just plain average.
Minor victories of guy losing weight, moving out of apartment, get a new job & meeting the girl at very end.
Too plodding to get interested. Skimmed book.
I'm more surprised two ladies didn't get disciplined for lost productivity by management.
Wouldn't be surprised conservative "Typewriter ribbon not in stock by 1992" minded newspaper where girls work gone bankrupt thanks to internet.

AL_LESLEY Nov 22, 2016

Rowell has amazing style.

Jul 05, 2016

This author has a real talent for telling a story with different viewpoints. I had previously read Eleanor and Park and absolutely loved it though obviously targeted to the young adult audience. Attachments is her first book and meant for adults. I enjoyed it tremendously. It has an interesting moral issue of privacy of email on company machines which gets short shrift (wonder if that is a generational thing?)

Mar 03, 2016

A quick read, one snowy afternoon was all it took. Yes, the set-up is a bit contrived, but once you get past that, the characters are strong and interesting. I found the author's treatment of the self-image Lincoln has of himself, versus the image others have of him, fascinating.

Jan 09, 2016

This was a quick read, read it in about 2 days. Funny dialogue between Beth & Jennifer. Yes it can feel a bit voyeuristic from Lincoln's stand point but not so much to make it cringe worthy. Over all I'd recommend if someone were looking for a quick light-hearted read.

Jan 04, 2016

While the ending is satisfying - the two protagonists end up falling in love - the premise is a bit creepy: An IT specialist mining through employees' e-mail communications to check for violations of netiquette only to find he is falling for one of the two women involved in a ceaseless exchange of messages - and because of his shift never actually gets to see her in person. Most companies would fire the IT guy. As another reviewer pointed out, if it was someone monitoring security cameras, what would security do? It does want me to read the writer's other efforts, but with caution.

Jan 03, 2016

I enjoyed this book a lot. This is the second book that I have read by Rainbow Rowell, the first being Eleanor and Park. I was really disappointed by Eleanor and Park, and this book has completely redeemed Rainbow Rowell. I noticed that after I finished Attachments, the next day I started reading another book. The new book wasn't really intriguing me yet, but I still had a strong urge in me to read. As soon as I would make my way towards my book, I would remember that I had finished reading Attachments. This made me really sad. Attachments is one of the few books that I have read that had a really good ending. But, I still wasn't ready to say goodbye to the characters. I wanted more of Lincoln who I totally fell in love with while I was reading. I did really like the idea for the story, but after I finished reading it, I realized something about Rainbow Rowell. I don't know if this applies to all of her books, but I can say that it is relevant for Eleanor and Park, and Attachments. Basically, the two books didn't have a plot. It was more of a book about a situation. For example in Attachments, Lincoln has a job to read people's emails. So in the book, you read the emails, and you read a bit about Lincolns life. But lets face it. Lincoln doesn't have what you would call an interesting life. He isn't the kind of person who reads emails by night and fights of firey dragons by day. His life is really mundane. That is the situation. Nevertheless, I did really like the characters and the situation, but I am hoping that in Rainbow Rowell's other books, will have more of a plot than just a situation.

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