Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

8909152Attachments by Rainbow Rowell


“‘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 . . . ?”

Jen’s Review

<<Jennifer to Beth>> You are a complicated woman.

<<Beth to Jennifer>> No. Doy.

<<Jen to Reader>> Oh my gosh! I just read an AMAZING book!!!

<<Reader to Jen>> Yeah? What?

<<Jen to Reader>> Attachments by Rainbow Rowell! I couldn’t put it down. It. Was. So. Ahhh-dicting. Seriously, Rowell is officially one of my favorite authors.

<<Reader to Jen>> Wow, really? Why?

<<Jen to Reader>> Well, besides writing good stories, she knows how to write fabulous characters. She makes them feel so real, so relevant, so relatable. I swear, my life is a Rainbow Rowell novel. It’s like she knows me. The problems her characters face, the thoughts they have, the fears they deal with–all me! It’s creepy, but in a cool, “whoa” way, ya know?

Oh, and don’t even get me started on the guy in this book, Lincoln!…siiiigh

<<Reader to Jen>> Spill!!!

<<Jen to Reader>> I don’t know. He’s just so darn cute! Sweet and endearing and polite. I just wanted to wrap him up, take him home, and keep him forever. I mean it, he’s the kind of guy you wanna meet and fall in love with in real life…Where are you Lincoln??? Where, where, where…

<<Reader to Jen>> Um, you do know you sound a little crazy now, right?

<<Jen to Reader>> …yes.

<<Reader to Jen>> Okay, good. Just checking. So Attachments is really good?

<<Jen to Reader>> YES!

<<Reader to Jen>> Better than Fangirl and Eleanor & Park?

<<Jen to Reader>> Well, I wouldn’t say “better”, per se. Just different. In my opinion, Attachments was lighter and more fun as a whole. But, don’t get me wrong, it still had its dramatic, epiphany-filled moments. They just didn’t seem as intense or prominent as the other two novels.

<<Reader to Jen>> Okay, so I guess that means you’d definitely recommend it?

<<Jen to Reader>> Duh!

<<Reader to Jen>> Okay, okay! Sheesh.

<<Jen to Reader>> Sorry! I get pushy when I find a book that I love, and I LOVED Attachments. Let’s just say as you near the end, you’ll start to feel anxious and sad, because you won’t want it to end.

b9d10050302e88e870291e52c4ada5bf<<Reader to Jen>> Fine, fine. I’m heading to the bookstore now.

<<Jen to Reader>> Good! Trust me, you won’t regret it!

“I think I missed my window,” he said.
“What window?”
“My get-a-life window. I think I was supposed to figure all this stuff out somewhere between twenty-two and twenty-six, and now it’s too late.

Jen’s Rating 

5 Star

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Book Review: Bold by Andrew Landis and Julia Swift

18220396Bold by Julia Swift & Andrew Landis


“Sasha, a shy, 15-year-old girl who hides from the world, almost dies in a car crash and vows that if she survives, she will be bold and live life to the fullest. Her newfound courage is tested when she meets Will, who just moved to her Air Force desert town after his journalist father’s disappearance. Will is fascinated by Sasha’s brush with and secret knowledge of death.
Sasha and Will push each other to take chances and break out of their sheltered suburban world. But will they discover there is a difference between being bold and being stupid before they put themselves, or someone else, in danger?”

Jen’s Review

I received a personal request to review Bold from its authors, Andrew Landis and Julia Swift. After reading the synopsis, I was eager to get my hands on this young adult contemporary romance. It had If I Stay meets Fangirl written all over it. Unfortunately, Bold didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

Let me start off by assuring you the writing of Bold was solid, the message was awesome, and the general plot was interesting. There were times throughout the story I could totally relate to Sasha and feel her determination to stop being shy and start being bold. I also enjoyed the format of jumping back and forth between Will and Sasha’s POV (this particular format is always fun if done right). Really, if I’d seen this story play out on screen, it may have worked (and I’m sure it would have with Landis and Swift in charge, two writers who’ve proven themselves in the screenwriting world with gigs on shows like Smallville and The Book of Daniel).

However, as a book, Bold just didn’t get there. There were a few issues that held it back.

  • Scene skipping. In almost every chapter, there’d be moments when we’d jump from A to Z without explanation. Conversations, actions, and thoughts were abruptly cut off or abbreviated. Ex: Sasha is being manhandled by a big bad criminal. His hands are gripping her arms. Then, suddenly, she’s running out the back door for freedom…How’d she get away from him? Knee him? Punch him? Scream bloody murder? I couldn’t help but wonder if this issue was due to the authors’ background in screenwriting, where things must be implied and heavily condensed.
  •  Love story. Was this a love story? Sasha and Will hardly spent any time together, and when they did, I didn’t feel anything between them. To be honest, I felt a lot more simmering between her and another boy, Ricky. When you put two people together and use words like “intense”, it automatically adds heat between them…and that word was used a few times between Sasha and Ricky (Ricky, not Will). The only connection Will and Sasha seemed to have was their thirst for self-discovery.
  • Trying too hard. I love books with messages. And I loved the message in Bold. However, I didn’t love the way that message was delivered. I don’t want to use it, but “cliché” is the only word I can think of to describe most of the lines and scenes. (ex: “Then go now. Show me what you can do, what you can be. Or better yet, show yourself.”)
  • The cover. Are these two individuals supposed to be 15-year old Will and Sasha (or Will and Sasha 15 years in the future)?

As I said before, I think Bold had some wonderful things about it. But, unfortunately, it had some problems too. And in a young adult market that’s raising the standard for excellence day-by-day, I’m not sure if it’ll be able to hold up.

Jen’s Rating

2 Star

To read more about Bold, click here.