Publication Date: April 14th, 2011
Genre: Adult Contemporary
Format: Kindle eBook
Pages: 327 pages
Buy It: Amazon
“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you …”
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say …?
This is the story of Lincoln, who fell in love with Beth while he was reading her emails. Now while that does sound a bit creepy, it was his job to begin with. Lincoln works for a newspaper in the IT department. His job is to read through a folder of flagged emails and send warnings to the employees about using their work emails for personal things. Now while reading the first emails between Beth and Jennifer he is amused, and as they continue to get flagged, he continues to read them. At first when he realizes he will never give them warnings he feels a sense of invasion and swears that he needs to stop reading them. But he doesn’t. And then there’s Beth who falls for “her cute guy” in the office, who happens to be Lincoln. This story is filled with amazing characters and cute scenarios, and funny dialogue.
As with every other Rainbow Rowell book that I have read, I absolutely adored this book. The premise itself is fantastic, but I had heard so many great things about this book that I had to pick it up. (Let’s face it, I’d pick up any book written by Rainbow Rowell.) I think the thing that I like the most about Rainbow’s books are that all of her characters are so likable and real. Her characters think and feel just like us, and it’s an amazing thing to experience that through a novel. Lincoln’s character development throughout this novel is phenomenal. He goes from being a guy who can’t let go of the past, who is shy, and afraid to go after what he wants to someone who knows what he needs to do and what he wants.
The emails between friends Beth and Jennifer are really funny and I enjoyed learning about their characters through that format. You would think that by just reading emails between two characters you wouldn’t learn much about them, but you’re wrong. Rainbow Rowell definitely pulled this off, and I loved every minute of it. Now while I think the situations and the events that take place in this novel (and all of Rainbow’s other novels) are great, it’s definitely the characters that make the story (if I hadn’t made that clear yet), even the secondary characters.
Overall, I cannot recommend this book enough; or anything by Rainbow Rowell. I’m serious, if you have not picked one of her books up, you need to. Whether it be Attachments or one of her other novels, pick one up. Rainbow has easily became my favorite author and she hasn’t disappointed me yet. I can’t tell you which of her books is the best because I think it’s something that has to be decided on a personal level. I think how much you love a certain book of hers deeply depends on how much you relate to the characters in that particular story.