Fangirls, I’ve read four of Rowell’s books before, and I enjoyed all of them. This book was definitely aimed at an older audience (which is fine by me; I’m not really the Young Adult target audience, even if I enjoy those books). It’s based in 1999, with the worry of Y2K very present. But that’s not the main focus.
Attachments is about an IT guy, and how weird his job is. Sure, Lincoln has to fix computers and printers, but it’s also his job to read emails. Since it’s set in the earlier days of the Internet, the newspaper he works for is worried that people are spending time in the office gambling, watching porn, or sending personal emails instead of work related ones.
Lincoln checks the flagged messages and users daily, and starts to notice that two women pop up pretty often in his cache. They’re sending personal messages about their lives on work time. But he never sends them a warning, nor does he tell his boss. He just keeps reading them.
The people in the office (even these two women) are aware that someone is reading their emails, but they don’t know who. So Lincoln works at night so he won’t get close with anyone. But he still falls for one of the personal-email-sending-women. But how could he tell her that he’s just been reading her emails?
It goes on further than that, of course, but I think it’s well worth the read if you’re up for it. It surprises me how weird I didn’t feel about Lincoln at the end of the book. His job is weird, and I don’t think I would want someone to fall in love with me because of my emails. I can see the romantic side of it; he never saw her so he fell in love with her personality, blah blah blah, but I still feel uncomfortable.
I think it’s a rad book. Every other chapter is Lincoln’s thoughts, and the opposite chapters are email conversations between the ladies. It was also fun to read about when the Internet was a far smaller place, and get an actual look at people freaking out over Y2K (I was still pretty young, and I don’t think we had a computer at home yet). All in all, it’s a fun, quick read. I read it in a day, and I think that’s a good way to read it.
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