Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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After reading some great and awesome, but heavy books, I found it was time to read some lighter books.  So, who did I decide to turn to?  None other than Rainbow Rowell!  I read Fangirl last year and absolutely fell in love with her characters and her writing so I thought and decided she was definitely what I needed as to not fall into the dreaded reading slump.  I wanted something short and sweet so I decided to give her short story, Kindred Spirits, a shot and it definitely didn’t disappoint!  It was definitely the pick me up I needed and something that I could totally relate to.  It’s about Elena who is a Star Wars mega-fan and if you were to break her heart open Star Wars would spill out!  So, when she hears that there’s going to be a new movie (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) she gets super excited and pumped and decides she’s going to go to the movie theater early and wait in line for a few days in order to bond and meet fellow fans that love Star Wars just as much as she does.  She’s expecting there to be tons of people there like at all the previous movie midnight releases, so she’s surprised when her mom drops her off that there are only two other people already waiting in line!  It’s a short story about waiting and believing, but mostly waiting.

I really enjoyed jumping into this, it was cutesy and fun and just what I needed at the time.  I could definitely relate to this, not only because I am a Star Wars fan, as well, but because both Elena and I are only children and grew up having over protective parents, I am part of many fandoms and know what it’s like to go to events and want to meet and fangirl with other fans over something we all love, and we’ve all been there before deciding to wait in lines for a new movie release, midnight book release/signings, video game(s), concerts, sporting events, or anything really!  We’ve all been there at some point in our lives.  As soon as I finished reading this I wanted to read it again and again, it was just that good and left me feeling all warm and cozy inside (even though the story takes place during the winter in Montana, brrrr!!!).  Also, even though this was a short and sweet read and I was pleased with this ending, this definitely could’ve been expanded into a full novel.  Even though I was very happy with this ending I really wanted and NEEDED MORE!!  That’s why I immediately had to jump into something else of hers. …

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I decided to read her other book, Attachments!  I’ve wanted to read Attachments for awhile now and I’m glad that I finally did make the time to read it.  Like all of her other books (from my experience reading a few and from what I’ve heard about the others from other people) this was a cute and fun read and it went by really fast.

It’s about Lincoln O’Neill who is hired as a newspaper’s “Internet Security Officer” right before the whole Y2K fear thing back in 1999.  When he applied he was expecting to be building firewalls and crushing hackers but he’s surprised and disappointed to find out that he’s expected to read other people’s work e-mails and report anyone that breaks the rules and who tell dirty jokes or anyone writing messages to each other that aren’t work related.  So, when Lincoln comes across Beth Fremont’s and Jennifer Scribner-Synder’s hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their lives, he knows he should turn them in.  Buuuut … he can’t help but be entertained and captivated by their stories.  By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, he feels it’s way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say … ?

“Hi, I’m the guy that reads your e-mail, and also, I love you …” 

This was a really good book and highly enjoyable and relatable.  I definitely related to Lincoln’s home life still living with his mom and how she was constantly worried that he wasn’t eating enough so she was constantly making him food both at home and leftovers to bring to work, which my mom totally does to me!  ALL.  THE.  TIME.  At times, I did think this book was a bit weird, like when Lincoln felt guilty and conflicted when wanting to approach and talk to Beth and confess to her when officially/first officially meeting each other.  He felt the need to tell her that he was the guy they hired to read and report about people abusing workplace e-mails right away.  I mean, I guess it would’ve been weird and slightly creepy if he wasn’t upfront about it right away, but still…if I were Beth I would’ve gotten over it pretty fast or it would’ve become a joke in our relationship.  Also, that was his job, that’s what he was hired to do.  ANNNND when she saw him both inside at work and outside of work she kind of “stalked” him, so guess what?  They were kind of even.  But regardless this was a relatable and hilarious read and I would recommend it to anyone!  This was Rainbow Rowell’s first published novel, but I don’t think it got as much buzz as much as Eleanor and Park did.  I was surprised to learn from the blurb at the end about Rainbow that she too, just like the main characters in this book, worked in a newsroom for a newspaper!  I’m sure she channeled some of her experiences into this novel!

The only other books that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet by Rainbow are Eleanor and Park and Landline which I have both as e-books and Carry On but I don’t have a copy of that yet.  Which I can’t wait to read because I’ve heard such great things about them and I know they’ll fill a void once I do get around to them!

What do you think, have you read any of Rainbow Rowell’s books yet?  If you have which one(s) are your favorites?  Any favorite characters or favorite funny/cutesy moments?  Let me know your thoughts in comments and let’s discuss!

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