Place(s) Traveled to: Omaha, Nebraska
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.