I've been seeing rave reviews of Rainbow Rowell's latest book, Eleanor + Park, popping up all over the blogosphere, and I'm super excited to read that one. My library, however, seems to be rather slow in processing the newly acquired titles, and the book has been "on order" for quite some time. I've seen other bloggers state that Attachments was equally wonderful; however, my library only had an e-copy, so I thought I'd wait and try out Eleanor + Park first. BUT THEN, I discovered e-reading and decided to borrow my very first e-book from the library!
Success. Success in so many, many ways. First of all, downloading the e-book from the library was so simple. I just had to install an app on my iPad, and then all it took was the click of a button. The coolest part is that, every time I load up the app, it tells me right on the main page how many days I have left before my book expires. (The loan period is 21 days). It was a nice reminder each time I started reading that I only had X number of days left. And when the loan period's up? The book RETURNS ITSELF. No late fines! How cool is that?
And onto the story. I'd only just started the story before deciding that Rainbow Rowell is one of my new favourite writers. I think I'll add her to my auto-buy list. I found myself unable to put this book down, and devoured the entire thing in just a few days. In fact, I'd committed to reading The Girl of Fire & Thorns with Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books, but I fell behind in my reading because I just couldn't stop reading Attachments until the story was done.
Attachments has a dual narration. Some chapters are told in e-mail form, as two women (Beth and Jennifer) e-mail back and forth at work. The other chapters are told from Lincoln's point of view in a standard third-person narrative. Lincoln is the IT person at the newspaper where Beth and Jennifer work, and his job is to monitor company e-mails and computer usage. Although he should be reporting the women for spending their work days engrossed in e-mailing each other about the personal details of their lives, instead he finds himself falling in love. What follows is a light-hearted (but at times quite serious) look at what it means to fall in love with someone for who that person really is inside, not just on the outside.
Attachments is a phenomenal book, and one of my favourite reads so far this year. I'm even more excited now for Eleanor + Park (and contemplating a drive out the adminstrative centre for the library, to see if I can help stick a barcode on or something to speed the process along). I've also requested a review copy of Fangirl on Netgalley, and I think that this is the first book that I will be really, really, really disappointed about if my review request is denied.
So add Attachments to your TBR list, fellow readers, if you haven't already experienced the wonder that is Rainbow Rowell. And, if you're going to be participating in Books With Cass' Summer of Standalones, this would be a great read!