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Publisher's Note:

"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . " From the award-winning author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Landline comes a hilarious and heartfelt novel about love in the workplace. 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 themse…

Attachments: A Novel

by Rainbow Rowell

Overall Book Review:

Have you ever read a book and summed it up with the word “cute”? This book was the epitome of cute. I saw a close resemblance in it to other authors who write fiction books with a hint of romance–Jane Green and Emily Giffin came to mind. However, Rainbow Rowell does have a unique style. She knows how to make a character come alive off the pages, which not everyone can do. I started to care about the people I was reading about.

The way this book is written is interesting. One chapter is an email sent between two female co-workers, and in the next chapter it is a first-hand account of a young man who just got a new job that requires him to catch any suspicious activity going on in emails at a newsroom. This went on for the entirety of the book–going back and forth between male and female points of view. Amusingly, this particular male email monitor doesn’t feel bad at all about taking a peek (or two…or three) at some private emails between friends. At first it’s just something to help make the endless hours of the night go by, but soon enough it becomes somewhat of an obsession.

I don’t know that men would enjoy this book much, but women will surely fall for the gossipy emails and bit of romance. This is a quick, fun read that I found hard to put down. Whether you are already a fan or just picking up one of Rainbow Rowell’s books for the first time, Attachments is a book that is an easy read, and may even appeal to a mature teen.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  2 religious exclamations; 3 mild obscenities; 3 scatological words; 3 anatomical terms; 15 F-Word derivatives

Violence/Gore:  None

Sex/Nudity:  Adults kiss several times; sex is referred to several times; sex is implied several times with no detail; porn is mentioned/referenced with no detail; adults touch, hold hands.

Mature Subject Matter:

Ethics, computer hacking.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Adults smoke; adults drink; drug use is briefly referred to with no detail.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.