I like this book so much I am actually angry with myself. I’m angry that I didn’t read it years ago. I’m angry that I read it now. I’m angry that Malin is probably going to pass me on the Leaderboard because I liked Attachments so much I’m not going to be able to read other books for a while. I have three other reviews half written and I don’t know if I’m going to be able to finish them because none of them are this book, and that makes me mad. I’m angry because the main characters are creepy stalkers and I love them so much.
I have read a short novella by Rainbow Rowell before, but it didn’t grab me. I knew I needed to read something else by her. Too many Cannonballers have sung her praises for too many years for me to think I wouldn’t love her. I bought Attachments quite some time ago, but I resisted reading it. The premise didn’t really appeal. I hate joy.
Lincoln gets a job in IT security at a newspaper, which means he reads emails that have been flagged by a program. He’s at a lonely and lost point in his life. He starts reading the email exchanges between Beth and Jennifer. Because he enjoys their emails, he doesn’t send them a warning that they are violating company policy. It gets weirder when Beth starts talking about The Cute Guy. Lincoln and Beth start stalking each other. It is every bit as uncomfortable as it sounds, and they know it. We get to know Beth through her emails and Lincoln through his life. They both need to do some growing up before they are ready.
I was so glad that Lincoln quit and there was time apart before he and Beth connect. I was happy that they were aware of the weirdness of the non-relationship part of their relationship.