Friday, April 13, 2012

Even Geeks Need Love, Too

"Attachments," by Rainbow Rowell, is a charming novel. It's innocent, and old-fashioned, and it's not cynical or sarcastic, just perfectly sweet. It's 1999, and we are introduced to Lincoln, who works at an IT Department of a local newspaper. he considers himself a geek, and spends his weekends playing Dungeons and Dragons with his friends. Part of his job is monitoring emails that get filtered because they are personal. So he starts reading an exchange of email between two employees, Beth and Jennifer, and something happens: he falls in love with Beth. He hasn't seen met her yet, he doesn't even know what she looks like, but he feels an instant connection to her. He falls in love with her soul. But he has been hurt in the past, so he has his guards up. Will he find space in his heart to fall in love again? I don't think there were any big surprises in the story, but its low-key unaffected tone is so adorable that you can't help but just relax as it unspools before your eyes. I liked it a lot, and read the last two-thirds of the book in one sitting. 


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