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22 May

Attachments

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Reviewed by Lulu Hamdan

It’s 1999. The hype of the Y2K bug is in the air, and lonely Lincoln O’Neil reluctantly accepts a night-shift job as an internet security officer of a newsroom company to make sure employees are using the internet for work purposes only.

Monitoring emails, Lincoln comes across a daily exchange between work besties Jennifer and Beth, who are aware of the company policy yet rebelliously chat online about their romances, baby fevers, and break-ups. Lincoln doesn’t flag the emails, but can’t fight the temptation of reading them either, finding himself falling in love with one of them before even meeting her.

This book is laugh-out-loud funny and warm at heart. You grow to love the main characters in a way that few books can accomplish. It’s an absolute treat to read on the beach, one which I finished in two sittings on a comfy beach lounger.

Sara Hamdan