My Favourite Book: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell



As a huge bookworm it feels mean to pick an overall favourite but this book hands down has everything I look for in a good read.

Although Rainbow Rowell is known mainly for her other two books, Fangirl and Eleanor and Park, this one is my favourite and unlike the other two, a book I will read again and again and again.

Attachments follows Lincoln O’Neil, an IT guy whose job is to monitor emails late at night for a newspaper company. As a man who still lives with his mother, his lack of confidence and self-belief makes us judge him. But others see him very differently to how we do.

Those “others” being Beth Fermont, a review writer for the newspaper. Beth and her best friend Jennifer have been sent constant reminders about the personal emails they send each other at work, but don’t really seem to care. They carry on sending hilarious emails discussing every aspect of their personal life, and Lincoln is the lucky guy who gets to read it.

There is just one problem. Lincoln is meant to report any personal messages, but when he comes across Beth and Jennifer’s he can’t help but be entertained by them, and before he knows it, he starts falling for one of them.

But what is he meant to say? “I think I love you because I read your emails.”

The reason I love this book, besides the author having such an amazing first name, is how unique the idea is. I have read many young adult and adult romantic comedies, but they always tend to be a little bit predictable, or very cliché. This novel contains a few slightly predictable parts but is still a completely unique idea overall.

As Rainbow Rowell’s first novel, she really did set the bar. It is written from Lincoln’s perspective in the third person; but it also includes email formats for the conversations between Beth and Jennifer.

Attachments is an adult novel but is still something I think young adult readers would really enjoy! The conversations between Beth and Jennifer are laugh out loud funny and actually reminded me of some of the conversations I would have with some of my friends.

I would place this novel under the new adult, romantic comedy section but it also has a sub-genre of a “coming of age” story. Even though Lincoln is in his mid-twenties it shows how he progresses in life and moving out of his childhood bedroom at his mother’s house.

From personal knowledge, I know there are a lot of young adults in their twenties and even into their thirties who are still living with their parents. Not because they can’t afford to move out, but because it is easier not too.  Lincoln is an example of how easy it can be to stick at the same old routine, and this makes him highly relatable.

I highly recommend this book to anybody looking for a feel good, quick, funny read.

Other books by this author I loved: Fangirl and Landline– her latest novel.

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