Publisher: Plume | Pages: 323
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
“Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you …”
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now – reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers – not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained – and captivated – by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.
Ok, I’ll admit it. I have never read a Rainbow Rowell book. Crazy, right?
I’ve only ever heard good things about her books and I figured it was about time that I picked one up. One of my best friends read this book last summer while we were at my cottage and she was constantly giggling and explaining to me that it was such a funny and enjoyable read.
Since I had a friend who enjoyed the book, I figured it was a good place to start since I knew that she and I have very similar tastes in books. The only thing that I was a bit skeptical about was the premise. I’m not going to lie, it sounded a bit cheesy. I mean, a guy reading e-mails and then falls in love with one of them? It just seemed a little cheesy for my liking.
After reading the book, I would say that a seemingly cheesy storyline turned out to be a really enjoyable, hilarious read. It definitely took me a little bit to get into it. While some book characters instantly grab you, it took me some time to understand Beth, Jennifer and Lincoln. But it didn’t take me long to love Beth and Jennifer’s characters. Not only were they both so relatable, but they were also the quintessential example of how best friends are with one another. They’re blunt honesty with one another, their quirky humour and the inclusion of incredible pop culture references made them such likeable characters.
Lincoln was such a super cute character and while he seemed secluded and guarded, I loved his internal battle with reading other people’s e-mails; especially when he quickly fell for Beth. However, I really enjoyed Rowell’s premise that Lincoln fell in love with Beth because of who she was and not the way she looked. Our society places such a huge pressure on physical looks and quite often we forget about the importance of who a person is. Rowell was able to contrast Lincoln’s love for Beth’s personality with that of Beth being attracted to Lincoln physically. It portrayed the distinct divide between the way people are in society (attracted to personality vs. attracted to physical attributes) while also showing that what is inside of a person can be just as attractive as what is on the outside.
I also LOVED the setting of the Y2K era. It was such a unique setting and is not one that I’ve come across before. I think Rowell did a great job of showcasing individuals (such as Greg) who were busy preparing and freaking out about the potential problems that could occur and those such as Lincoln who followed protocol, but were also super skeptical.
I would highly recommend this for anyone who is wanting a lighthearted, funny and witty read. I can only assume that Rainbow Rowell fans would love this book and I can’t wait to pick up more of her books. Younger readers should be warned that there is some use of profanities, as it is a book geared towards adults. However, the use of profanities is largely linked to a specific character who is a bit rough around the edges, and I think the use of language was used in a proper context.
Let me know what you thought about the book – I’ll be more than happy to chat with you!
“October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!”
“Every woman wants a man who’ll fall in love with her soul as well as her body.”
About the Author:
Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults. Sometimes she writes about teenagers. But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.
When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.
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