Attachments (Book Review)

I have always loved watching romantic comedy movies, it didn’t take long for my husband to figure out that the way to this girl’s heart is a quiet night at home with her feet up watching a rom-com! So when I read the synopsis for Attachments I was intrigued and eager to dive back into the romance genre.

Lincoln is still struggling to deal with a break-up that happened years before with his high school girlfriend. He’s not happy with the way his life has progressed, but also not really sure what he can do to change its direction either. Living at home with his quite controlling mother and not venturing out much socially past his Dungeons & Dragons weekly meet-up, his sister consistently encourages him to make changes and get his life back on track.


A big part of the problem in Lincoln’s life is his job – in addition to the fact that he works late nights he is in charge of checking the staff’s emails to ensure everyone is abiding by the rules. Reading other people’s emails leaves him feeling a bit uncomfortable, especially when he stumbles upon a regular correspondence between two friends in the office. Drawn to their friendly banter, he can’t help but notice how caring and funny Beth is. But Beth has a boyfriend, and the more he gets to know her through her email exchanges with her friend Jennifer the more aware Lincoln becomes about how strange it would be to meet her now.

That all changes, however, when Beth starts to write about Lincoln to Jennifer.  As it turns out she has started to notice him too, and soon her discussions with Jennifer about him begin to bring his confidence back. Although still shy he now begins to take more time with his appearance, he starts to widen his circle of friends and enjoy his life a little bit more. But with both Lincoln and Beth both guilty of secretly stalking the other, albeit in different ways, will they ever have the courage to introduce themselves to each other? Or is this love destined to fizzle out before it even starts?

Attachments is a wonderful love story about the joy of friendship and how it’s never too late to find the one. I enjoyed how unconventional it was and seeing the story unfold for Lincoln, through the first-person narrator perspective, and Beth, through her email interactions with Jennifer that he reads.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is available from bookstores and online retailers for a recommended retail price of R215.

Thanks to Jonathan Ball Publishers for sharing this book with me.

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