Beth Fremont and her best friend, Jennifer, have an unusual way of sharing their personal lives with each other. They communicate via their work email accounts. Yes, they know their emails are being monitored, but they still do it. Lincoln O’Neill has a dream to be the company's "internet security officer." For now, though he is the person in charge of monitoring the company’s emails. He knows he needs to report Beth and Jennifer's misuse of the email, but is amused by their everyday chatter and before he knows it, he has fallen for Beth. There's only one problem: he has no way to introduce himself.
BTSYA / Teen Reader (16):
Attachments is an interesting, light read and a great addition to the chick-lit genre. The highlight is Beth and Jennifer’s emails, which are insanely funny and entertaining to read. The book cuts between a traditional novel and the coworkers' emails. Typed out as actual emails is a unique little touch. The plot itself is nothing too out of the ordinary, but it is interesting enough to keep you wanting to see how it ends. I think the book manages to do what it sets out to do with its romance plot. While I never expected something to the intensity of a fantasy or action novel, I was a little disappointed with some things.
Even though it is a light read, it has some major problems, even for its genre. The first and biggest weakness are the characters, specifically Lincoln. The emails give readers a good sense of Beth’s personality, but not Lincoln, whom we see most in the traditional sections of the novel. He is a weak protagonist for a romance story. There is nothing special that I’ll remember in a few months, save some of his questionable actions. The way Lincoln is portrayed makes this plot more like a horror than a romance. Something about a grown man stalking a woman’s emails and then proceeding to intrude on physical aspects of her life is unsettling, to say the least. In 2011, when the book was first published, it may have been passable. In today’s climate, I don’t think this plot or some of the more jarring lines of dialogue would be something many would come to find romantic or cute.
Overall, Attachments is an okay romance book with a few red flags. It is one of Rainbow Rowell's weaker pieces of fiction. I highly recommend reading one of her other works before this one. In terms of audience, I would recommend this book for a young adult audience due to some of the language and the more mature setting. I would not recommend this book as a gift as there are many greater chick-lit options out there.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Readers who like Rainbow Rowell or stories that unfold via letters (in this case email) will find this story funny and a bit scary, too.
The main characters are employed young adults. A male protagonist whose job it is to monitor workplace misuse of computers, falls for someone who is misusing emails. As his interest in her grows, his behavior could be viewed as stalking.
This is an adult novel about two young adults who are starting their careers at a company and using company email to communicate their personal lives.
This is a story to read for relaxation. It raises some interesting questions about workplace behavior (for Lincoln, Beth, and Jennifer) that could spark some interesting discussions, particularly with teens who are seeking jobs and considering careers.
15 and Up
15 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 19
Skip. There are other ChickLit romances out there.
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