If you have been following for any length of time, you will know that I have fallen hard for Rainbow Rowell this year. I absolutely devour her books. This is the third book from her I have read this year, and I loved it as much as I loved Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, despite it not being a young adult novel.
Rowell is a genius at writing swoon worthy guys. Guys who are sensitive and sweet, but still tough and “dude-ish”. She writes girls who are funny, strong, and likable. Her love stories are real. These things could happen to real people. I could actually fall in love with a guy like that (oh, wait…I did!).
I was hesitant with Attachments, because it wasn’t young adult, and it was her first novel. I didn’t want to read something that would tarnish this image I have of Rainbow. Luckily, that didn’t happen. I loved that the heroine, Beth, was a curvy, career woman. I loved how witty and sarcastic she was. I loved that Lincoln, as I already said, was swoon worthy. I loved that it was written in a series of e-mails between two best girl friends. I loved that it was set in the Y2K era (For you youngsters out there, that was when 1999 became 2000, and my mom hoarded canned goods because the Apocalypse was coming). I thought the pop culture references was a perfect touch. Who remembers AOL messenger, and Hotmail?
I just recommended this book to my sister who has four week hold baby at home. She needed a feel good book to read while breastfeeding. Even if you aren’t a hormonal mess, I would recommend it.