Book Review – Attachments



Attachments, by Rainbow Rowell.

So I’m a bit of a Rainbow Rowell fan.  I absolutely adored Eleanor and Park, one of my best Young Adult books of all time.

For this reason alone, I thought I’d dip into a bit more of her writing, and having already read Fangirl, Attachments seemed a good choice. I finished it a few days ago, and it worries me to say that I am not remembering it too well.  I guess it can’t be as good as Eleanor and Park then!

Attachments is the story of a man who still lives with his Mum (or Mom!), works in IT on nightshift, and generally speaking, does not have much of a life.  Guess what…the story is about how he gets a life!  Thank goodness it is not too clichéd, easy, or script like.

One of the main plot lines (no spoiler here), is that part of his job is to monitor company emails, and he gets quite caught up in the correspondence by two female employees.

Ethically, he knows this is not okay, but he can’t help himself…and then the question of “do you look in people’s bathroom cupboards” is raised.

It is an enjoyable read, a little slow at times but easy enough to dip in and out of.  A lighter read, and it makes you laugh at all the stressing around Y2K.

3.5 stars for me.

Check out Attachments and give it a read.


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7 thoughts on “Book Review – Attachments”

  1. Wow (she admits, blushing a bit) I’d never heard of this author. What a fun sounding story! And I’m afraid a little too plausible too! Inter-office romantics beware 😉


    1. Rainbow Rowell is an amazing author… if you head over to my blog you will see that I rabbit on about Eleanor and Park all the time… such a great book and I reviewed fangirl earlier in the year. Great author worth getting to know. The best part about not having heard of her is now you have 🙂

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      1. Ah, point made 🙂 I need to take my head out of the old dusty classics occasionally that I’ve read previously via Cliff Notes in High School, and now feel old and cheated for having never really read them. Remember that thing teachers used to say “By cheating, you’re only cheating yourself!” Dang it…I hate when adults are right!

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  2. Like you, I just couldn’t help myself. I wanted to experience other works from Rowell after reading Eleanor & Park, which I still adore.

    I appreciate the approach Rowell takes to realistic fiction. She favors reversing typical gender roles and taking time to get to know characters (rather than being plot-driven). Still, I agree with you that Eleanor & Park has more of a raw, consuming energy. The love and friendship in that book makes more sense and feels more real, to me. Nothing seems rushed.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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