Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail. But the women still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period.
When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he’d be sifting through other people’s inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help but be entertained-and captivated- by their stories.
But by the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you.” After a series of close encounters and missed connections, Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart . . . even if he can’t see exactly where it’s leading him.
Written with whip-smart precision and charm, Attachments is a strikingly clever and deeply romantic debut about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Even if it’s someone you’ve never met. (Source: Goodreads)
This book is life. Not very exciting, but at the root of it there is a lot of living going on. Most adults would have no problem finding a connection with Beth, Jennifer and Lincoln. I bet most of us engage in some version of inappropriate use of technology at work, whether it is personal emails, checking out Amazon deals, etc. Nothing shady. Just taking care of life and having a sense of comradeship with the co-workers. How many of you worry about the company filter and whether you’re getting dinged, but do it anyway saying “at least it isn’t porn?”
The conversations between Beth and Jennifer range from the mundane to the serious. From work to the personal. Having kids, spouse indifference, growing apart yet still in love. Fantasies. Work & career. Their banter is like commercial breaks in Lincoln’s life. They are smart, funny, sarcastic and kind. And all of this feels more like living than anything in his life. They are completely connectable. You KNOW these people.
All the characters experience growth. They work through figuring out who they are and what they want. They weed through what is comfortable, easy and what others in their life saddle them with. In the end, they challenge us to demand more from life what we deserve and to not settle. Even people with baggage and neurosis can find love and happiness.
LAURA HAMILTON was great. I believe that she helped me get caught up in Beth & Jennifer’s world sooner than I may have through just the written word. She accentuated their sass and their laughable lines. Though the book is really from Lincoln’s POV a female narrator may seem odd, but it works. Without dual narration, I don’t think many males could have pulled off the girls. Lauren’s males were spot on. Lincoln had the pauses and sensitivity in his voice that complimented his character of contemplative and kind. All his buddies were appropriately geeky. You could totally picture the cast of The Big Bang Theory as they played D&D.
Attachments, not baggage, provide the spice of life.