June 4, 2014

summer reads 2014: attachments by rainbow rowell

I finished my first Summer Read last weekend. Huzzah! I've been on a fairly major reading dry-spell the past couple of months, so it was nice to get back in the ol' reading saddle (i.e. my bed) and enjoy a book.

Enjoy might be putting it lightly.

I devoured this read.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell was everything I wanted it to be. I try to go into most books without high expectations, but after all of the praise I'd seen for this story in my Goodreads and Facebook news feeds, I couldn't help but want it to be everything. And it was.

Set at a fictional newspaper in Omaha during Y2K mania, Attachments tells the story of Lincoln O'Neill, a young man still trying to figure out how to be an adult after coasting through life. Still living with his doting mother after a stint as a professional student, he embodies the idea of "arrested development."

He takes a job at the newspaper as a nighttime digital security guard/tech guy. It's his job to read through flagged emails that might contain crude remarks, pornography or any other no-no. While he feels creepy about invading people's privacy, it's a job -- and a decent paying one -- and without any other ideas of what to do with his life, he figures why not?

Completely single after having his heart ripped out of his chest during his freshman year of college, he finds himself falling for one of the women who consistently ends up sending emails that end up in the problem folder. As she and her friend tackle relationship and family issues, Lincoln falls deeper and deeper.

This book was beyond adorable. I instantly bonded with Lincoln and found myself relating to him. I'm about the same age as him, and even though I have a good job, supportive family and a few friends I still find myself wondering what the heck I'm doing with my life. And I'm sure I'm not alone. That's the beauty of a book like this. Unless you are the most put-together person in the world (and I'll call bullshit on that), everyone has felt this way at one point in time or another.

On top of that, Lincoln was beautifully adorkable, and I've found myself daydreaming about him in the days since I finished this story.

The best part of this book? It was so wonderful, it inspired me to want to be a better writer. It's been a while since I read a book that motivated me to hone my storytelling skills, so thank you for that.

I have two more Rainbow Rowell books sitting on my nightstand courtesy of the Lincoln Public Libraries (thanks, boos), and I'm pretty excited to give them a read during my vacation next week.

(Yes, I'm going on vacation next week. Can I get another 'huzzah'?)

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1 comment:

  1. Loved this book, too, and totally agree with you about it being an inspiration for writers of the genre.