Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

 Attachments: A Novel  
Reviewer: J

This book was so cute, but it was too dragged out and the ending fell a little flat.

The book’s written in a very interesting style. It’s a cutesy love story between coworkers Beth and Lincoln. It’s dual POV, with the chapters narrated by Beth are written in e-mails, and the chapters narrated by Lincoln are written in standard prose. The e-mail format took a little getting used to, but I actually preferred it to the prose chapters. Even though the e-mail format doesn’t give you a direct view into the character’s mind, surprisingly I felt closer to Beth than I did to Lincoln. I just didn’t connect with him.

I love Rainbow Rowell’s writing most of the time, but I felt like her voice didn’t really shine through in Attachments. If you’ve read any of Rowell’s work you’ve probably recognized her fluffy-romantic style. In fact, that was the main thing that made me fall in love with her previous novel Eleanor and Park.

Anyway, the two characters don’t even meet until the very end of the book, and then their relationship happens so fast and left me feeling a little betrayed. I mean, the author spent so much time building up to a barely-there climax. 

Rating: 3.5 stars

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