Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Book Description:

Published: April 14, 2011

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“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 quite bring themselves to 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.

What would he say . . . ?

Review –

If I had been reading this as an e-book or hard back I would probably still be trying to get through it, but I had the audio version and listened to it in the car as I ran errands so I was able to get to the end.

I didn’t care for this book at all. I didn’t like that the emails were so long and mostly boring and I thought the character of Lincoln was creepy, not scary creepy, just on the edge of perversion creepy.

My daughter, an assistant professor at a university in Texas really likes this author so I sent her the audio book and I’m waiting to hear back from her as to how she liked it. I bet she’ll say it was great. Oh well, that’s why everyone is granted an opinion. 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Book  Description:

Published : September 10, 2013

A coming-of-age tale of fan fiction, family and first love.

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

or Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Review –

This is a heartwarming coming of age story about twins who go off to their first year of college. One is independent and out going while the other is shy,introverted and lost in being a writer of fan fiction.  The girl’s mother wanted to name her baby Catherine but when twins were born decided to use the name anyway and named one Cather and the other Wren. I thought that was a hoot. 

The characters are very well-developed and the dialogue is what really makes the book.  My favorite scenes are the ones between Cath and Levi because I believe he fell for her very early on and she never knew he was even interested in her in a romantic way. Once that fact was made known there are a couple of steamy make out scenes that are not over the top(after all it is a YA book). 

It’s a story about family ties, what makes them and what breaks them and about love. A fantastic read made even better because I had the audio version and the narrator did a bang up job.

I rated this book 5 stars *****

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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Book Description

Release date: February 26, 2013

Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”—John Green, The New York Times Book Review

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says. So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding, he says. You should be, she says, we’re 16. What about Romeo and Juliet? Shallow, confused, then dead. I love you, Park says. Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding, he says. You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.

Review –

This is love story of two mis-matched teens and it surprises everyone,even themselves.  It held my interest and I enjoyed it but a lot of people I know liked it a lot more than I did.  It is worth reading so if you like teen angst and young love, this will be right up your alley.