Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Dutton, 2011. (Published April 14)
[Source: Publisher @ ALA Midwinter Meeting]
Lincoln is an internet security officer for a newspaper. It’s his job to make sure the employees aren’t misusing their email accounts. Beth and Jennifer are always misusing their email accounts by corresponding back and forth about their personal lives. A few of their emails trigger the filter, and Lincoln is hooked. Even though he knows it’s wrong, he keeps reading their emails and finds himself falling in love with Beth, a woman he’s never laid eyes on. How do you introduce yourself to the woman you love when you’ve been snooping in her email?
Attachments is clever. For most of the novel, the reader only knows Beth and Jennifer through their emails -- just like Lincoln. You find yourself attached to these characters despite never meeting them directly -- just like Lincoln. Eventually and inevitably, the reader and Lincoln do get to meet these women “face-to-face.” Attachments is also a funny and sweet story. If you are looking for something light-hearted with a little romance, this debut novel is a good choice.
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