Attachments

Season’s Greetings!

I realize that it has been a long while since I have written on this blog. I have no excuses, but I would like to put an end to this hiatus because I enjoy blogging and writing my thoughts on books. The book I will talk about to recommence Lit Bitch Books is Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. I previously did a review for Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, which you can look at here. I actually finished this book in the summer. The reason that I am writing about it at this particular point in time is that I am procrastinating doing a different task for school which I find intimidating.

I shall begin with a spoiler-free summary:

In this book, a man named Lincoln is hired to look over emails in an office and make sure everyone is following the rules and doing their job or whatever. There are two women in the office, Beth and Jennifer, who do not give a shit about the rules, and chat about their personal lives throughout the day on their work emails. The book takes place in 1999, and I was born in 1997 so idk what other modes of communication would have been available where they could have been sneakier. There are chapters in the book that are entirely comprised of Beth and Jennifer’s emails and the other chapters are narratives that follow Lincoln. Although Beth and Jennifer, being bad bitches, are clearly not following their company’s email policies, Lincoln does not report them because he finds their emails entertaining. He continues to guiltily and creepily peruse many of their emails, and eventually starts to fall for one of the women. Meanwhile, he is still getting over his high-school ex from several years ago, and honestly, I’ve been there, buddy.

Overall, I thought that this was a pretty cute little story. I had trouble picturing the main character; I initially pictured Lincoln as looking similar to that one skinny red-head from Black Mirror, “Be Right Back”:

This is the one

However, Beth eventually describes him:

He’s very, very tall. And strong-looking. Like the kind of guy you feel standing next to you before you actually see him, because he’s blocking so much ambient light…Manly. Kind of square. Harrison-Fordish. The kind of guy you can picture negotiating for hostages and also jumping away from an explosion (77-78).

I found this surprising since his personality was kind of nerdy. I guess that speaks more to my own prejudices than anything else, and I suppose that there was no way that Lincoln was going to describe himself as ‘manly’ or ‘strong,’ but maybe a more formal visual description for Lincoln would have been helpful for me earlier in the book, at least in regards to his size.

Rainbow Rowell did an especially good job in this book depicting emotions. At the time I was reading this book, I was going through a break-up (my partner and I also got back together while I was still reading this book), so it was a bit close to home when Sam breaks up with Lincoln. Rowell describes the feeling:

Once, when Lincoln was playing croquet with his sister, she’d accidentally cracked him in the temple with a mallet. In the moment before he fell to the ground, he’d thought to himself, I might die now. This might be it. That’s how he felt when Sam told him she was in love with Marlon (135).

I think this passage is really powerful, but the whole chapter was kind of gut-wrenchingly realistic.

The side characters were a lot of fun, especially Doris and Christine. I was also at a point where I was praying a lot when I was reading this book, which was a new thing for me. At one point Christine said she prayed for things as simple as a good-night’s sleep. This resonated with me because when I was going through a break-up, I was finding joy in small simple things and just trying to find small things, such as a good-night’s sleep, to be thankful for.

I read Attachments at a time when it resonated more with me than it would have at other times in my life. The characters seemed realistic and likable, even the exes of the book’s two love-interests. The likability is something that keeps those characters real because people can be flawed but still generally good. I generally like most of the people in my life even though everyone in my life is flawed in some way. The email chapters were also quite refreshing. Overall, this is a chill book, despite some of the heavier moments that occasionally occur.

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