Attachments: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . "


From the award-winning author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Landline comes a hilarious and heartfelt novel about love in the workplace.



Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail....

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Attachments: A Novel

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Overview

"Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you . . . "


From the award-winning author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and Landline comes a hilarious and heartfelt novel about love in the workplace.



Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.


Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.


When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.


By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.


What would he say . . . ?

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Editorial Reviews

-Chicago Tribune
"Perfectly mixing sweet romance with deliciously tart wit, Rowell's literary debut is a complete charmer."
-Claire Cook
"Fresh, fun, and charmingly quirky."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101476345
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/14/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 8,057
  • File size: 369 KB

Meet the Author

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell is the award-winning and bestselling author of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, Attachments, and Landline. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.
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CHAPTER 1

From: Jennifer Scribner-Snyder
To: Beth Fremont
Sent: Wed, 08/18/1999 9:06 AM
Subject: Where are you?

Would it kill you to get here before noon? I'm sitting here among the shards of my life as I know it, and you . . . if I know you, you just woke up. You're probably eating oatmeal and watching Sally Jessy Raphael. E-mail me when you get in, before you do anything else. Don't even read the comics.



[Beth to Jennifer] Okay, I'm putting you before the comics, but make it quick. I've got an ongoing argument with Derek about whether For Better or For Worse is set in Canada, and today might be the day they prove me right.

[Jennifer to Beth] I think I'm pregnant.

[Beth to Jennifer] What? Why do you think you're pregnant?

[Jennifer to Beth] I had three drinks last Saturday.

[Beth to Jennifer] I think we need to have a little talk about the birds and the bees. That's not exactly how it happens.

[Jennifer to Beth] Whenever I have too much to drink, I start to feel pregnant. I think it's because I never drink, and it would just figure that the one time I decide to loosen up, I get pregnant. Three hours of weakness, and now I'm going to spend the rest of my life wrestling with the special needs of a fetal alcoholic.

[Beth to Jennifer] I don't think they call them that.

[Jennifer to Beth] Its little eyes will be too far apart, and everyone will look at me in the grocery store and whisper, "Look at that horrible lush. She couldn't part with her Zima for nine months. It's tragic."

[Beth to Jennifer] You drink Zima?

[Jennifer to Beth] It's really quite refreshing.

[Beth to Jennifer] You're not pregnant.

[Jennifer to Beth] I am.

Normally, two days before my period, my face is broken out, and I get pre-cramps cramping. But my skin is as clear as a baby's bottom. And instead of cramps, I feel this strangeness in my womb region. Almost a presence.

[Beth to Jennifer] I dare you to call Ask-A-Nurse and tell them that you've got a presence in your womb region.

[Jennifer to Beth] Given: This is not my first pregnancy scare. I will acknowledge that thinking I'm pregnant is practically a part of my monthly premenstrual regimen. But I'm telling you, this is different. I feel different. It's like my body is telling me, "It has Begun."

I can't stop worrying about what happens next. First I get sick. And then I get fat. And then I die of an aneurysm in the delivery room.

[Beth to Jennifer] OR . . . and then you give birth to a beautiful child. (See how you've tricked me into playing along with your pregnancy fiction?)

[Jennifer to Beth] OR . . . and then I give birth to a beautiful child, whom I never see because he spends all his waking hours at the day-care center with some minimum-wage slave he thinks is his mother. Mitch and I try to eat dinner together after the baby's in bed, but we're both so tired all the time. I start to doze off while he tells me about his day; he's relieved because he wasn't up to talking anyway. He eats his sloppy joe in silence and thinks about the shapely new consumer-science teacher at the high school. She wears black pumps and nude panty hose and rayon skirts that shimmy up her thighs whenever she sits down.

[Beth to Jennifer] What does Mitch think? (About the Presence in your womb. Not the new consumer-science teacher.)

[Jennifer to Beth] He thinks I should take a pregnancy test.

[Beth to Jennifer] Good man. Perhaps a common-sensical kind of guy like Mitch would have been better off with that home ec teacher. (She'd never make sloppy joes for dinner.) But I guess he's stuck with you, especially now that there's a special-needs child on the way.

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  • Posted May 13, 2012

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    I loved, loved, loved this book! One of my all-time favorites. I

    I loved, loved, loved this book! One of my all-time favorites. It is a feel-good, love every minute of it type of book. It's about an IT guy that monitors email at a newspaper. There are two women that don't seem to care if their emails are flagged and in fact, push the boundaries to get their emails flagged. The book is funny, cute, sweet, and fun! I'm looking forward to more from this author, this was her first book. I'll be suggesting it to my book club this month.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    It starts off with Beth and Jennifer emailing each other. It sh

    It starts off with Beth and Jennifer emailing each other. It shows their emails, and then the next chapter, it's just Lincoln's story. What he's doing, how he's feeling, everything.
    I absolutely loved the story. It was so sweet and not at all like the really intense stories I've been reading. Lately all I've read are stories with huge conflicts and so many problems and murders and whatnot. It was so nice to read a good, old-fashioned love story. The book was so cute and I loved all of the characters. The characters, in a way, matured throughout the book. They learned and they got out of some situations where they weren't progressing. To not give out any spoilers (which is hard by the way!), I can't say much else, but I absolutely loved this book. It was like a breath of fresh air. Rowell is a great author—I can't wait to read more of her books!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Love this writer

    I just loved this writers sense of humor! The best line i ever read, "it was like working inside a headache" what an incredible gift for understanding what is truly funny to read great, great read!!! Cannot wait for her next bool

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Fantastic Read

    I don't think it is possible to describe the humor and absolute charm of this book. It is absolutely fab-tastic. At first Lincoln seems like an average guy who lives with his mom and isn't really motivated to do anything. Doesn't really sound like a character you could love but as the story continues we find that Lincoln is in a funk. He has multiple degrees and just doesn't know what he wants to do with his life. He also seems to suffer from low self-esteem. He is really really sweet. Jennifer and Beth are best friends and co-workers who get through their days by sending emails and chatting about their lives. They both have grand sense-of-humors and the exchanges are both meaningful and funny. Surprisingly Lincoln, Jennifer, and Beth's lives touch and it makes for a truly awesome and endearing story. Oh and did I mention funny? Very cute and funny.

    I loved loved this book! It felt so real and I was so invested in each of the characters. I don't typically prefer contemporary fiction because if you don't read it at the right time, the references seem to become dated. This one is set in 1999 during the Y2K business. I don't think it can ever become dated. I loved how Lincoln grew from the beginning to the end. There were many great side characters as well. Doris, the co-worker with whom he shares his lunch, is the sweetest thing ever. Lincoln's mom and sister were interesting and so realistic. What can I say, I really loved everything about this book. All the personalities were fantastic and the humor was amazing throughout. Oh and there are many references to old movies which I love.

    I recommend this to people who love good books :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Very entertaining - loved every page!!

    I picked this book up thinking I would just read the first few pages and move on to something else. After the first five minutes I couldn't put the book down! I ended up reading this entire novel on a Saturday afternoon. Several laugh-out-loud and heartfelt moments kept me reading on. I really related to the characters - they felt like real friend by the end of the story. GREAT read - I'm trying to get all my co-workers to read it, too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Laugh Out Loud Funny

    I absolutely loved this book. So sharp, so sweet, so funny. -------I don't count sheep, I self-loathe The pop culture references were just perfectly toned, slipped in with such talent that they completely worked to make me know these characters. I am so in love with Lincoln. The perfect sweet shy guy that we all know is out there but can never find. And Beth and Jennifer felt like friends, their email exchanged, though wittier that real live humans, is still the intimate chatting of great friends through little things and huge things. Rainbow Rowell kept me entertained and a little worried for poor sweet Lincoln, right up to the end. But it ended beautifully, perfectly. Attachments is wonderful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    Fantastic debut

    Attachments is Rainbow Rowell's debut novel - and what a great debut it is! I adored it!

    When the girl of his dreams broke Lincoln O'Neill's heart he retreated...into academia, moving back home with his mother and giving up socializing. He's even taken a night job with no contact with co workers. He's working at a newspaper (The Courier) as the Internet Security Officer. It isn't until he starts the job that Lincoln realizes he will be monitoring internal emails for inappropriate content.

    Jennifer and Beth also both work at the Courier. They're best friends and their internal email is often (well, mostly) of a personal nature. Which, of course, flags it for Lincoln. He should send them a warning, but he doesn't....he shouldn't keep reading their communications...but he does....He is fascinated by their lives and he finds himself falling in love with Beth.

    Rowell has created such a warm, sweet, lovable character in Lincoln. His intrinsic goodness and caring (he's pretty cute too) make him a perfect catch, but he just can't see it himself.

    "Lincoln wasn't inherently un-dateable. He'd gone on a date three years ago. A friend's sister had needed a date to a wedding. She'd danced all night with one of the groomsmen, who turned out to be her second cousin, while Lincoln ate exactly thirteen cream cheese mints."
    "My get-a-life window. I think I was supposed to figure all this stuff out between twenty-two and twenty-six, and now it's too late."
    The novel unfolds in alternating chapters - first from Beth and Jennifer and then from Lincoln.We get to know Jennifer and Beth, but in more of an arm's length way, as we only know of their lives through the emails. It was very easy to get caught up in Lincoln's quest to reclaim his life. It was impossible not to root for him. The supporting cast of characters were just as engaging. Lincoln's mom and her reluctance to let go of her son, his sister Eve and her determination to drag Lincoln out into the world and his loyal circle of Dungeon and Dragon playing friends. But of all the supporting characters I think I enjoyed Lincoln's interactions with Doris the snack lady the most. His kindness towards her was touching.

    Rowell has written a delightfully heartwarming story. Attachments is a clever, witty, warm story that will capture you completely. A fantastic first novel - I'll be watching for Rowell's second!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2014

    4 Stars This book took awhile to get going I first thought. Then

    4 Stars
    This book took awhile to get going I first thought. Then again, I had just received a pile of books from the library and my online ebooks were coming in from holds right and left. I think that was why I had trouble starting this book and getting into it. With that said, how freaking cute was this book?? It was adorable! I loved how two people can fall in love without even seeing what each other looked like or without saying a word. That definitely made the romantic in me swoon. I was a little worried "they" wouldn't get together but I knew Miss. Rowell wouldn't let me down. This is my first book from her and I will definitely be getting more books she's written. I loved how sweet Lincoln was with Doris and his mother. He actually cared about them and didn't just talk to them because he had to. Lincoln is a one of kind for sure, Sam doesn't know what she's missing! This book was very cute, I would've given 5 stars except for a little creepiness to their love story. Who would follow someone home after seeing them a couple of times? And who would be okay with dating someone who spied on you and your friends for what a year or so? So, a little creepiness but still very cute!!

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  • Posted May 5, 2014

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    I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin G

    I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

    3 Stars

    I was so excited to see Attachments available on Net Galley. I have wanted to read something by Rainbow Rowell for quite some time so I snatched this book up right away. I liked this book but I was not blown away by it. I admit that I am a bit let down because I was really hoping to be blown away.

    Lincoln takes a job at a newspaper and his job is to monitor employee emails. Beth and Jennifer are friends who also work at the same newspaper and like to email each other during the day. Their emails are constantly getting flagged so Lincoln ends up reading what they write to each other. Lincoln does not send them any kind of warning but continues to read what they write to each other. Lincoln starts falling for one of the women through the emails she writes to her friend.

    In this book we get to see Lincoln's life but we only see Beth and Jennifer through the emails. I wish that Beth and Lincoln would have met in person before they did in the book. They don't meet each other until the very end of the book and I guess I am just not patient enough to wait that long. Of course, to be fair the story would be pretty much over once they meet and fall in love. I just got tired of waiting for Lincoln to do something. Every time I have started a new job, I have taken the time to introduce myself to my co-workers. Couldn't he have done that at least so he would at least know what she looked like?

    Despite my impatience, I did like the writing. I believe that this is Rainbow Rowell's debut novel. I have definite plans to read other works by this author.

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  • Posted April 28, 2014

    The time just before Y2K is the perfect setting for Attachments-

    The time just before Y2K is the perfect setting for Attachments--any further into the 21st century and Lincoln would be just another creepy guy! Lincoln is hired by the last paper in the country (their words) to get computerized to monitor computer usage and emails, while readying the system for the possible crash when the calendar rolls over to 2000, He quickly latches onto emails between friends Beth and Jennifer and can't wait to check his Web folder every night for new interactions between them. The women's emails can get a bit long, but Lincoln's life plays out in real time. His move back home with his mom, and his relationships with his sister and various friends are almost enough to carry the whole book. Cute ending.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

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    There's something about Rainbow Rowell's writing that really doe

    There's something about Rainbow Rowell's writing that really does it for me. Granted, this is only the second book by her that I've read, but that's not the point. I love her writing... and her storytelling, her characters, and everything else.

    Everything about this book worked for me. Everything. The third-person narrative worked perfectly. It focuses on Lincoln and we learn about Beth and Jennifer solely through their emails. You would think you'd be presented with underdeveloped characters since you're only seeing them through their emails, but you're not. We're still treated to full, developed (and very interesting) characters. The writing was awesome and was exactly as I expected it to be. It was entertaining, fun, sweet, humorous, and dashed with a little bit of nerdiness. Props to Rainbow Rowell for having such a wonderful, well-rounded book.

    I definitely recommend checking out Attachments or anything else by Rainbow Rowell. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

    You can check out all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.

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  • Posted March 10, 2014

          Lincoln is good at school, but not much else. Depressed an

          Lincoln is good at school, but not much else. Depressed and living with his mom after attending college for almost a decade, he begins working a night time shift at a company where he does pretty much nothing. Taking place in 1999, his job is in computer security . He is to read employee emails  and make sure everyone is on task and not doing anything personal during work hours.
         During these random email checks, Lincoln virtually meets Beth. Through Beth’s messages to her friend Jennifer, Linc feels as if he knows this newspaper writer and begins to look forward to their daily correspondences. Never having actually met, Linc slowly falls in love with Beth’s words and actions, all through her electronic communication. Facing her personal bests and worsts, Lincoln begins to realize his own strengths as he rises out of his depression and into his life.
          Adorable, sweet, and heartbreaking are the top thoughts that kept running through my  head as I was reading Attachments. My first Rainbow Rowell book and I was astounded by how clever she dealt with the characters. You never actually meet two of the main characters until the last few pages yet you know them almost as well as you know Lincoln, whose head most of hte story is told. 
         Lincoln is a highly clever character. Telling his tale of his long lost love through his late night evenings at work, you can’t help but have your heart break as he talks of his first love. Told through anecdotes, Lincoln seems to be living on the fringes since his heart break. Pushed to be more adventurous by his mother and sister, he finds comfort in reading the emails between the two women.
         Beth, our love interest and mystery lady, we only meet through her correspondence. Living with an impossible man, but clinging to her love like an old sweatshirt, she finds herself in an almost impossible situation. Sweet and kindhearted, I loved Beth’s confidence and caring attitude. Lincoln falls in love with her  the only way he knows her...her words, which I may love most of all.
         A thoroughly enjoyable read, Rainbow Rowell shines in Attachments. Gorgeously written and entertaining, the characters shine through this simple tale told by emails. Lincoln and Beth’s story show just how much we reveal of ourselves through unintended avenues. 

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  • Posted February 10, 2014

    Lincoln has moved back home after being away at school for years

    Lincoln has moved back home after being away at school for years. He is happy to be back in his home town, but doesn't know what to do with himself. He gets a job at a local newspaper and is in charge of night IT calls, manning the help desk, and reading company emails as the "internet security officer". He knows his job is a joke, but he doesn't know what to do since his horrible break-up with his girlfriend, like 10 years ago.




    Beth and Jennifer are friends that work at the newspaper and often send each other emails back and forth throughout the work day, which is a no-no at work, but they never seem to get caught so they go about their business talking as girlfriends do about their love lives, families, work and anything else that comes to mind. So why are they never caught? Well Lincoln has grown fond of their conversations and looks forward to reading their conversations each day at work. He begins to fall for Beth, the hopeless romantic in a hopelessly not romantic relationship that is going nowhere. Can Lincoln be that man for her? But how does he go about introducing himself without sounding like a creeper of their emails?




    A sweet story about finding love in all the wrong places and never knowing that the object of your affection is in love with you as well. Funny and so true to life and love. Well written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2013

    Favorite Book of 2013

    Loved everything about this book but the best was the bantering back and forth between the 2 best friends via email. Laugh outloud funny.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    Beautiful

    Rainbow Rowell has done it again another fantastic piece. Read it now

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    "You've Got Mail" meets "When Harry Meets Sally"

    This novel reminded me of some of my favorite romantic comedies of the 90's. It was like a delicious serving of "You've Got Mail" meets "When Harry Meets Sally". As Lincoln falls in love with Beth and begind to care about her friend Jennifer...you too will fall in love with Lincoln and the story. You begin to get attached to "Attachments".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Great read. Really liked all the story lines.

    Great read. Really liked all the story lines.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Too much fun

    This book was fantastic. The characters were engaging and three-dimensional, the email exchanges felt very true to me, and the story very much captures what it means to be a young adult, finding your way. Bonus, it's set in the same area where I live, which never happens! I adored it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Great read

    A great read. Loved it almost as much as Eleanor & Park. Looking forward to more from this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Must read

    I just adored this book. It is such a fun, inspired, engaging, layered, witty and well-written read.

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