Attachments – Rainbow Rowell

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This is undoubtedly one of the sweetest books I have ever read. Set in the 90’s it was like a flash back to the time of Levi jeans and matching denim jackets. I grew up in the 90’s so even before it was my choice my mum had me trending the Levi’s, light up shoes and the tartan, so it was fun and reminiscent to read a book set back in a time when I have some great memories.

All the characters in Attachments are loveable and relatable, we all have that best friend that tells you everything, who you have been through thick and thin with and who is there for you at the drop of a hat. I genuinely loved reading the relationship between Jennifer and Beth because it made me look at the relationship with my best friend and appreciate having her there.
Lincoln’s character was equally enjoyable and at the same time I felt bad for his situation, he had his heart crushed and he longed for that special relationship with the one person you love and who loves you back, who’s not just a partner but a best friend. I felt sorry for him because although he was living, it was more like he was surviving and had lost touch with life. I loved watching his character grow in confidence, come out of the dark and develop more with independence as the plot continued.

The office setting of this plot emphasised the time period as the internet was a relatively new invention in the workplace. I quite like the juxtaposition of modern technology with the conventional print newspaper. The art of Journalism and newspapers has been around for hundreds of years and I suppose the use of computer technology and the internet sped up the process of news and deadlines so it was interesting to read the transition in the background of the plot.

I enjoyed the layout of the book, we only read about Beth and Jennifer’s conversations through email, there are next to know descriptions of both women from others point of view, we barely know what they look like yet we know their personalities. This is the same for Lincoln as we only know about his appearance from Beth as attractive, tall and broad. The layout was interesting as it jumps back and forth between the views of Lincoln, Beth and Jennifer but from different angles. In a way this increased the pace of the book and kept me addicted as the flow and direction was constantly changing making the plot more exciting.

I would definitely recommend this book to any fans of Rainbow Rowell, anyone looking for something a bit different that still has an engaging plot and a romantic twist. I gave Attachments a 4 out of 5 on goodreads and it has reaffirmed my love of Rainbow Rowell’s work.

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