THE SUNDAY REVIEW: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


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Yes, it’s another Rainbow Rowell novel – what can I say? I was on a bit of a Kindle binge.

Attachments was Rowell’s first novel, and – thinking as a former query-sending writer – I can immediately see why her agent snapped it up. It has a really intriguing, salable premise. The main character, Lincoln, is a computer security guy who screens company e-mails. He gets to know Beth – the main female character – through the (private) e-mails she exchanges with her friend Jennifer. And then – spoiler alert! – there is love and feelings and things.

In terms of writing, Attachments is perhaps a little less impressive then Eleanor & Park (hence the 3/5). Some of the transitions between Beth and Lincoln’s chapters were a little clunky, and it read a bit slow at times. It also takes place in 1999/2000, which I think is an inherently un-romantic time (dial-up internet, ICQ, five-pound cell phones…it was like the awkward preteen years of modern technology).

And yet, overall, I did quite enjoy it – I may have even liked it a little more than Eleanor & Park. Maybe it’s because the characters are older, I’m not really sure. Either way, it was light and fun, and I would have no qualms recommending it to anyone looking for a decent Sunday-morning read.

xo Elizabeth

Next week: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis