Monday, August 13, 2012

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I'm still in a bit of a blog slump.  I'm cranking out the reviews, but I can't seem to come up with any non-review ideas.  Anying you guys are interested in hearing me rant or rave about?  In the meantime, I'll keep going with the review posts.

I've wanted to read this one since it was first published a little over a year ago.  It's about two besties who work together and spend a large portion of their days emailing each other about their personal lives and gossiping about coworkers.  The IT guy hired to monitor emails for inappropriate content starts reading their emails and winds up falling for one of them.  It's basically the most adorable premise ever.  And it just so happens to reflect my life completely, minus adorable IT guy. 

One of the negative reviews I read felt like it was very immature for two twenty-eight year old women who work in the same office to spent the day emailing each other instead of talking face to face.  Ummmmm, yeah - go ahead and throw me in the immature boat then because how else are you supposed to gossip during work hours?  I seriously don't know anyone who doesn't use email for gossip at work - seriously, you're going to meet face to face to discuss your boss's apparent PMS or a coworker's meltdown?  Also, some very important conversations can ONLY be conducted over email (Can we forgive Nathan Fillion for not posting his picture with twine for The Bloggess?  Answer: Yes.  But without email how could we send appropriate links for discussion?)  Basically this book was perfect for me because it IS me and Bestie.

Writing
I found it adorable.  Each chapter starts with emails sent back and forth between Beth and Jennifer, which was my favorite part.  I really felt like I could be reading emails written by me or Bestie.  Or me and Luke, who I also converse with throughout the day.  Seriously, how does anyone make it through a work day without receiving funny links and gifs?  Anyway, I loved all the characters, and I thought the developing relationship between Lincoln and Beth was precious.  It was hilarious and just so believable, especially the characters.  They felt like real people to me.

Entertainment Value
Again, I absolutely loved it.  I so strongly identified with it that there is no way I could NOT enjoy it.  It's witty and hilarious and just a total pleasure to read.  Because I totally believed the characters, I got completely lost in the story.  It's an easy and fast read and I couldn't put it down.  There is some bad language and off color humor, but not enough that I was bothered by it.  Again, it just made the characters feel even more real to me. 

Overall
I don't have enough good things to say about it.  I highly recommed giving it a try, even if you're not typically a lover of chick lit.  I think this one has appeal for a much wider audience than just the typical chick lit reader (although chick lit fans will also love it).  A big thanks to my friend Shivvy for sending me a copy!

2 comments:

  1. Enjoy your blog. Thanks for all the work you put into it. Esp. love the book reviews! I took your rec for Attachments and really liked it. I'm not a chick lit reader but this was funny and warm and sometimes wise. I'm recommending it to my friends.
    KD in SC

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    1. Thank you so much for the comment - it made my day! I'm so glad to hear that someone read and loved Attachments based on my recommendation. It's such a great (and fun) book! Hope you'll stick around and feel free to post any time!

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