Welcome to Rainbow Wars! To celebrate the UK paperback publication of Landline, me and three other Rainbow fangirls are going to battle over our favourite Rainbow Rowell book! Today, I will be championing the amazing Attachments!
Attachments is the first of Rainbow’s novels. While it’s not her most popular, its the first in my heart. I’m going to attempt to list below the reasons why I love this book so much!
The email exchanges between Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder are at the heart of the novel. As much as the emails are witty and hilarious, they showed the best friendship between these two women. Deadlines, Tom Cruise, relationships, cute guys, children and strapless bras, whatever it is these two talk it out and support each other all the way.
Lincoln O’Neill is an ‘Internet Security Officer’ living with his mum and is trying to figure out what he’s good at. Beth is in a failing relationship and angsting over being a bridesmaid time and time again. Jennifer is trying to deal with her pregnancy and if she even wants a baby. Them figuring out if they missed their ‘get-a-life’ window. I loved reading about it, because I related so much to their adulting.
Lincoln is a lovely, lovely guy. He is reeling over the end of his first love. He plays Dungeons & Dragons. He hates going out. He doesn’t know how amazing he is. He ‘eavesdrops’ on Beth and Jennifer’s emails and starts to develop feelings for Beth. Basically, he’s sweet and wonderful and it was such a pleasure reading about him finding himself and his happiness.
You haven’t experienced feels like Attachments feels. Every time Beth mentions ‘My Cute Guy’. Every time Lincoln reads about himself in an email. Every time they almost cross paths, almost interact, almost meet each other. Your slow-burning realisation, mixed with their slow-burning realisation. It’s all so incredibly delightful and gives me those warm fuzzy feelings just thinking about it.
Here is a sample of some of my favourites:
“I’d know you in the dark,” he said. “From a thousand miles away. There’s nothing you could become that I haven’t already fallen in love with.”
“I pictured you,” he said. “I just didn’t know what you looked like.
“And then, when I did know what you looked like, you looked like the girl who was all those things. You looked like the girl I loved.”
“I couldn’t love anyone more than I do you, it would kill me. And I couldn’t love anyone less because it would always feel like less. Even if I loved some other girl, that’s all I would ever think about, the difference between loving her and loving you.”
“He knew why he wanted to kiss her. Because she was beautiful. And before that, because she was kind. And before that, because she was smart and funny. Because she was exactly the right kind of smart and funny. Because he could imagine taking a long trip with her without ever getting bored. Because whenever he saw something new and interesting, or new and ridiculous, he always wondered what she’d have to say about it–how many stars she’d give it and why.”
“There’s no air in space.”
You wait the whole book for it, and when it happens, it’s perfect.
That is just a quick glimpse into what makes Attachments such a wonderful read and my favourite of Rainbow’s books! If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. If you have and you love it as much as I do, don’t forget to tweet your support by using the hashtag #TeamAttachments!
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