Attachments – Book review

Attachments is my second Rainbow Rowell book and the first one was Fangirl. I didn’t like Fangirl as much as I wanted to, but the hype for this book was totally lost on me. 😦

 

I had since avoided Rainbow Rowell, but decided to take a chance with this book. I’m glad I did 🙂

Book blurb

“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . “8909152

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 plot is set in 1999 when computers and Internet and Y2K were a new thing when it comes to publishing houses and newspapers. Beth Fremont and her friend Jennifer Scribner-Snyder are working for a newspaper as film critic and copy editor respectively. This is the dawn of internet and email security and their newspaper is the last one to join the world wide web and so they have security concerns about their employees surfing net, playing online or sending personal emails. So they hire someone for internet security and that someone is Lincoln O’Neill who has forever been a student, moved back to his childhood home to live with his mother after a bad breakup. Lincoln gets to read all emails flagged by the security system and Beth and Jen’s emails back to back in a day flag enough alerts that he starts reading them.

Slowly, Lincoln gets to know them through their email and eventually falls for one of them. But he can’t go and talk to her because he is guilty of reading their day to day conversations. He doesn’t even know who the girl is, but falls for her wit and sense and is caught in a compromising situation where he has to reveal his identity if he wants to talk to her.

This is so beautifully written, that i forgive Rowell for Fangirl 😛

I love the emails between Beth and Jennifer. But most of all i loved Lincoln’s mom. She just stole my heart ❤ For someone who is being criticized throughout the book to be insensitive or possessive, she turns out to be more deep and considerate.

“You were this little kitten, and you cried if i set you down even for a second. I dont know how i managed to ever take a shower or make dinner. I dont think i did. I was afraid to hold you too close to the stove..Why do you think I can remember that,” she asked, “when you can’t? Why does nature do that to us? Those were the most important years of my life, and you can’t even remember them. You can’t understand why it is so hard for me to hand you off to someone else.”

There’s so much to talk about Lincoln too..How much he is affected by his breakup and the loneliness he is subjected to. So the breach of privacy is like his personal sunshine to him and he cant just stop himself because he needs it. It sorta becomes a little fun when Beth is crushing on the cute guy in office who is actually Lincoln himself.

There are moments when you can’t believe something wonderful is happening. And there are moments when your entire consciousness is filled with absolutely something wonderful that is happening.

Do give this book a try. My rating is 5/5 because i was not bored, i loved the flow and loved Lincoln’s mom 😉

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Mid year book round up

Just like that, time passed away and we are in Mid June.. 😕

I’m supposed to be in newly married bliss *cough* and I’m not sure how six months have gone by in this year. I blame my work 😐😐  So I took up a reading challenge and though not in a marathon I’m still managing to read few books here n there. I’m unable to do separate reviews on each of them – blame my office – so here’s all of them in a nutshell.

1. Those pricey Thakur Girls

This book by my favourite-st author was lying around untouched for more than a year in my bookshelf. I picked it up finally and wondered why I hadn’t read it before. There’s always something lively about Anuja Chauhan and this book was all that – summery, funny and good. I was dreaming about amaltas flowers for the first few days after I read it. I had to search in Instagram for them and once I saw what it was , I started dreaming about BJ’s house.

I read and re-read Dylan’s letter to Deb *dreamy-eyes* . This is such a oh-so-casual-funny-fluffy read that you should not ignore. I came across on the internet that there was a Tv series that’s based on the book. To say I was disappointed wouldn’t suffice. I was expecting a movie 😦 Just like I’ve been expecting Zoya Factor for years now 😛

              Those Pricey Thakur Girls

2. To All the Boys I loved before – Jenny Han

Yes, I went back to being a teen and chose this book to read. I didn’t regret reading it but it did look like the targeted audience was 11-14 years. 😛 So I naturally got irritated at some point but then decided to continue, and loved way the main character Lara Jean sort of evolved throughout the book. More like a coming-of-age novel. Lara Jean writes letters to all the boys who she had a crush on, however small the period might be. She doesn’t send them but saves up in her little box. I kinda did this back then. Not love letters, but letters when I was angry… I scribble hard and crush the paper later in an attempt to forget whatever made me mad. So That’s what Lara Jean does here to forget about the boy or the reason why she liked him – until all the letters get sent out to the concerned person.

What follows next is confrontations, quarrels and ofcourse Love. Peter Kavinsky!! mmmmmm… Ok..moving on… 😉

When someone’s been gone for a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands and then you’re just clutching air and grit. Because by the time, you finally see each other you’re catching up only on all the big things, because its too much bother to tell about the little things. But the little things are what make up life.

This was my favorite one from the book and the one which made me think for a long time. People in a long distance relationship would totally understand it.

3. P.S. I still love you – Jenny Han

Jenny Han left us all hanging with the first book in the series (I’m not sure if its a trilogy) and what was it with the Sample of the second book.. Oh my God, I was waiting for almost a month to know how Peter reacted to Lara Jean’s letter. (Ok, teenager-mode ON!!) When the book was released in May 2015, I couldnt wait.. I read in every free time I could get – office, shuttle, bed… There was something about a game which I didnt understand at all, but then the book was good. There was one more crush of Lara Jean’s past in this book but all hail Peter/Lara Jean fans..

Both the books were little too young for me but at times Jenny Han’s lines were just plain rocking, I say. Two of my favorites –

You haven’t brought me down. Just the opposite. You’ve brought me out. You gave me my first love story, Peter. Please just don’t let it be over yet.

You must read the entire letter!!

There’s a Korean word my grandma taught me. It’s called Jung. Its the connection between two people that can’t be severed, even when love turns to hate. You still have those old feelings for them, you cant ever completely shake them loose off you; you will always have tenderness in your heart for them.

And the relationship between the Song sisters..it just made me yearn for something like that.

4. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

I was a bit skeptical about reading this one. But all the rush from reading Jenny Han pushed me into this. I cannot say I fully enjoyed it. Back when I was in school, Harry Potter was just getting popular and I couldnt understand why all the excitement. I did read the book, but back then I was into thrillers and bloodthirsty novels that Fantasy was out of my league. So that’s exactly I felt once again when I read this book. Cather is an anonymous Fan-fiction writer. She is insecure and dependent on her twin sister Wren who is just the opposite of her in every way. (Catherine – Cath + Wren, see? ) She ADORES her male protagonist and this sort of felt like the HP rage back in school. The book consists of her life in one track and the fan-fiction included in excerpts. Which I totally ignored. Didnt make me go Awww but maybe I’m just getting old.

I started reading Shadow Throne but its not done yet. I’m also reading What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen – my go-to author – in parallel in iBooks.  I’m not even sure I will be able to complete the challenge.. Ughhh!!