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Attachments Paperback – 2 Feb 2012
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An original, quirky but enjoyable book with many likeable characters and a plot that keeps you guessing all the way through. (Carl Difford South Wales Argus)
Attachments is such a fantastic book! It's funny and heart-warming, and just a beautiful, beautiful read (ONCE UPON A BOOKCASE)
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Attachments is based in 1999 when the internet was beginning to come into the work place. I wasn't working at that time (I was at school) but I can remember the uproar it caused. It's funny, because now I don't know what we'd do without the internet! The plot surrounds a local newspaper, The Courier which is in the small town of Nebraska. Lincoln is recruited to stop any abuse and time wasting on the internet happening. Its his job to read the emails that the employees are sending and send warnings to those that are time-wasting. Lincoln starts to read email conversations between two female friends. He finds himself falling for one of the women. He starts to question the ethics of what he's doing. He is reading incredibly personal conversations but he just can't help himself as he is drawn deeper and deeper into their lives.
I was completely engrossed in the story. I have read that some readers felt the email conversations stilted the flow of the book, but I personally really enjoyed reading them. They did feel more like instant message conversations rather than emails, but they were still enjoyable and humorous.
I liked the main characters and I thought the love story was incredibly sweet. Attachments did feel a tad slow in places, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.
My own experiences probably added to my enjoyment and understanding of Attachments. I met my now husband on an internet forum way back in 1997, when meeting people online was still a bit weird. Rainbow Rowell transported me back to that excitement, the constant checking of my inbox to see if there was a new email waiting. I found myself totally relating to Lincoln, reliving the overwhelming 'feels' I had way back then.
Rainbow Rowell taps into her characters insecurities, quirks and obsessions, giving readers an almost alarming insight into their true selves. There are very few authors who manage to touch me as much as she does. Without giving too much away there was one part of the novel that had me in tears, revealed in a way that physically made my heart ache for the characters involved.
Overall, I loved Attachments. The characters are real and believable, the plot unique , the romance acutely painful and beautifully portrayed. A humorous and heartwarming read, I didn't want it to end.
The idea of telling the story through email was good but it did mean that it lacked detail and narrative.
The main man, Liam, sounds ok, but I wasn't sure what he looked like - was he muscly or overweight, it wasn't clear.
The ending was a bit disappointing and cheesy and deep in a way that seemed unrealistic.
Meet Lincoln, he is 29, single, still lives at home with his mum and plays Dungeons and Dragons at the weekend. Oh yes and he works in I.T! We get this stereotype image of him as a bit of a nerd/geek and with this we get a picture of him in our mind. This however could not be further from the truth if we tried. Lincoln actually is tall dark and handsome! He is deeply unhappy, he cannot see any point in his job and really does not enjoy snooping through peoples emails. He does however like Beth and Jennifer and although he knows they are breaking the rules, he has no intention of shopping them up to the boss. What harm are they doing? They also seem really nice girls.
Over time Lincoln gets drawn in, in the women's emails and he decides that actually he really likes Beth, she has a boyfriend and that's never going to change, but if it did he wonders how he would be able to be with her after knowing so much through those emails.
A lot of this book is written through Beth and Jennifer's emails, personally I love books like this, I have no idea why, but I always have. I have read some reviews mentioning that this was confusing. I must say that at the beginning I would agree with them, it was a little confusing. However when you get into the flow of the book I knew who's voice it was and could quite easily follow the book and enjoy it. By having it written in emails, I found the book a very quick read ant actually at times preferred the style of the emails to Lincolns voice. I felt that the women had a good connection and you almost felt you were one of their friends emailing too.
Beth was a brilliant character, she was witty, kind and it came across that she was a true friend to Jennifer.My love for Beth developed over the course of the story. I enjoyed her one liners in the novel and felt she kept the pace a lot of the time through the email exchanges.
Jennifer I loved and connected with right from the beginning more so than Beth. I felt at times that Jennifer was me in the book and I could really relate to her problems early on. I also became shocked by her story line as it felt a little tragic, which is something I have become familiar with in the way Rainbow Rowell writes. She writes about real things, not everything is a fairy tale, however the emotions you feel can make you feel like that. Jennifer I personally felt was a very good developed character and I loved her.
Right, Lincoln, hmm my opinion of him changed so much through the story. I felt really sorry for him to begin with - I saw this nerd, with no friends and no life. As his character began to develop I saw a softer side to him and then an obsessive one, which personally I thought he could do anything. Who knows what someone would do who is obsessed! Finally my opinion of him changed again towards the end and I am so glad it did. I am also glad Rainbow Rowell chose the ending she did for his character. I was really pleased with the outcome.
Other secondary characters were just as important in the story such as Lincoln's mum. These characters were also real and I could feel the emotion from them too.
I loved the development of the story and although it may not be everyone's cup of tea down to the format it is written in I think you should give it a chance. I enjoyed this book so much I practically read it in a day. I am fast becoming a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell, she is able to write really funny books with some fantastic one liners while still covering real, sometimes a little depressing topics.
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