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Friday, May 31, 2013

Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Posted by Irish in Review8 Comments

Title: Attachments (Goodreads)
Publisher: Dutton

Source: Library
Publication Date: 14 April 2011
Series or Standalone: Standalone
ISBN: 0525951989
Format: Ebook
Pages: 323

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Place(s) Traveled to: Omaha, Nebraska


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
First Line: Would if kill you to get here before noon?

After blitzing through Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park (my review) and Fangirl I knew that I had to get my hands on her debut novel, Attachments. Luckily for me my library had an ebook of it available for immediate download so I was able to dive right in. Attachments differs from her other books as its told in two different formats. There is Lincoln’s POV which is more like your standard narrative and then you learn about Beth via emails that she writes to a friend and co-worker. We get to see these emails as its part of Lincoln’s job to monitor the email of the newspaper where they all work.

I enjoyed Attachments but I didn’t like it as much as I did Rowell’s other books. I enjoyed watching Lincoln fall for a girl he had never met via her email though at the same time it was a little creepy. I also felt that we never really got to know Beth as we only saw a small part of her via her correspondence. When the paths of the two characters finally cross their romance just sort of happens and its too quick. It never felt real and then the book was done. We never get to see them as a couple or even get any real scenes of them getting together.

The whole story was this big buildup to Lincoln and Beth meeting….as a reader you are cheering for them wanting them to get together. So when it happens and its rushed, well, I was disappointed. I remember closing the book and asking myself, that’s it? And it was and I was just sat there and went huh…I wanted more.

Maybe if I’d read Attachments before Rowell’s other books I might have been happier with how events played out. But as it was I know the sort of deep and meaningful connections that she can write and I just wanted to experience more of that here. Maybe if Beth’s POV wasn’t entirely in emails I might have been able to connect with her character more as I did with Lincoln. There always seemed to be a disconnect with her and as a result she was a very surfacy character.

I did enjoy Attachments my heart ached at times for Lincoln and my wanting him to find a true connection with Beth. As with Rowell’s other books I read this one in a single sitting and the time just flew by. Unlike her other books I may not re-read this one but I am glad to have read it. If you are a fan of Rowell then you should look into picking this one up if you haven’t done so already. Then be sure to move on to Eleanor & Park and then pre-order Fangirl. Rainbow Rowell is on my autobuy, autoread, auto-recommend list and she should be on yours as well. You won’t regret it reading any of these stories.

8 Responses to “Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell”

  1. wordlily.com

    I read this when it first came out and really enjoyed it (haven’t read her others yet, unfortunately). BTW, it’s set in Omaha … I saw you didn’t have a city specified on your list.

    • Irish

      Thanks! I wasn’t sure where it was set and so left it blank but will fix that now. =)

      You also need to read her other books. So…so…good.

  2. Irene Jennings

    The thing I like best about this novel is that it doesn’t require a murder, sex, crisis or conspiracy to hold your attention. It’s a sweet and witty story – not sappy sweet though. It’s a romantic comedy about falling in love with a person for who they are – before you even know them.I am so glad to have won this book from Goodreads!

    Irene Jennings (Washington Personal Injury Lawyer)

  3. molliekatie

    I actually really enjoyed Beth’s reaction to finding out that Lincoln had been reading her e-mails and that’s what made him so attracted to her…she found it creepy and told him to go away. WOW! In rom-coms, that never happens!! I’m glad they got together in the end, but more so glad that Beth reacted like a normal, sane human being to Lincoln’s revelation and immediately ran in the opposite direction. I think that level of un-reality is why I have such a hard time enjoying romance novels in general. This was the first straight-up ‘romance’ novel that I’ve read and loved…no murder mystery as the main driving plot element.

  4. molliekatie

    “Attachments” was the first straight-up ‘romance’ novel that I’ve ever read and really LOVED…no murder or another type of mystery as the driving plot point. And I think what sold me on it was the ending, in that Beth finds the fact that Lincoln was reading her e-mails and that was how he fell in love with her, to be a really creepy thing. And she runs away, like a smart girl. If this were a rom-com movie, I doubt she’d have reacted that way. Of course, they did get together in the end…and I was rooting for them, because Rainbow Rowell writes such lovely, sympathetic (even when they’re being rather creep-tastic) characters. This book is what got me hooked on her writing what feels like ages ago now.

  5. Sara Gathro

    romance novels are my weakness. i fell in love with this one based on the cover. a novel based around e-mails called ‘attachments’ with a paper-clip twisted into a heart? adorable. i don’t like to admit it, but good cover art goes a long way to getting me to pick up a book. i can’t make any comparisons to ‘eleanor & park’ yet though, because my sister hasn’t let me borrow her copy yet, she’s re-read it at least 3 times though, so i’m taking that as an endorsement.

  6. Elizabeth Gathro

    I’ve read both of Rainbow Rowell’s books and I have to say that your criticism of ATTACHMENTS, we don’t get to see enough scenes of Lincoln and Beth together as a couple, only makes sense after reading how well Rainbow Rowell writes witty banter in ELEANOR & PARK. Although to your other point, I didn’t think that Beth’s character was *supposed* to be as fully developed as Lincoln’s was to the reader. I appreciated that this was a romance novel written primarily from a man’s perspective…and yet there was no sex!! I understand your frustration of wanting to know Beth more, because the snippets of e-mail make Lincoln want to know her more…and we have to be on his team to make it through to the end of the book! But I don’t think of that as a deficit. Although I would totally read a 600-page version of ATTACHMENTS with all of Beth’s actions fully available to the reader, plus all the witty Lincoln/Beth date banter! Maybe Rainbow Rowell will write a sequel for us?! As long as she’s writing, she’ll definitely be at the top of my family’s auto-buy, auto-read, and auto-recommend list. Our only fights are over who gets to read FANGIRL first when it arrives in the fall.

  7. Elizabeth Gathro

    I’ve read both of Rainbow Rowell’s books and I have to say that your criticism of ATTACHMENTS, we don’t get to see enough scenes of Lincoln and Beth together as a couple, only makes sense after reading how well Rainbow Rowell writes witty banter in ELEANOR & PARK. Although to your other point, I didn’t think that Beth’s character was *supposed* to be as fully developed as Lincoln’s was to the reader. I appreciated that this was a romance novel written primarily from a man’s perspective…and yet there was no sex!! I understand your frustration of wanting to know Beth more, because the snippets of e-mail make Lincoln want to know her more…and we have to be on his team to make it through to the end of the book! But I don’t think of that as a deficit. Although I would totally read a 600-page version of ATTACHMENTS with all of Beth’s actions fully available to the reader, plus all the witty Lincoln/Beth date banter! Maybe Rainbow Rowell will write a sequel for us?! As long as she’s writing, she’ll definitely be at the top of my family’s auto-buy, auto-read, and auto-recommend list. Our only fights are over who gets to read FANGIRL first when it arrives in the fall.