He knew why he wanted to kiss her. Because she was beautiful. And before that, because she was kind. And before that, because she was smart and funny. Because she was exactly the right kind of smart and funny. Because he could imagine taking a long trip with her without ever getting bored. Because whenever he saw something new and interesting, or new and ridiculous, he always wondered what she'd have to say about it--how many stars she'd give it and why.
- Lincoln, “Attachments”, by Rainbow Rowell
This is the kind of book people tell you to pretend you don’t read. Cute, romantic, easy-to-read books are always “guilty pleasures”. But those jerks can stick it where the sun doesn’t shine. I LOVED this book. I crammed it into a stationary bike ride and a late night, and it was over far too soon.
Maybe it’s because Rainbow Rowell’s characters are just so darn messy, or because they’re all so awkward, or because they remind me of my friends. I saw a Goodreads reviewer say she hated the characters – poor kid must not have read the same book as me. How can you not love characters as real as these?
Anyways, on to why this book is FANTASTICAL:
- It’s a romance lead by 29-year-old Lincoln, who just finished his master’s degree and had to move back in with his mom. If Lincoln were real, I would marry him. This is not a joke. He stops to help strangers fix their car tires. He shares his dinner with little old ladies. And when he has a chance to meet his crush…he runs away. <3
- It’s set around Y2K, but the social interactions (a.k.a awkward, introverted people trying to go out into the “normal” world with “normal” people) are totally on par for today.
- The email exchanges between the leading lady and her best friend are so accurate for female best friends it’s creepy. I’m serious. It felt like reading the text conversations my bestie and I have during the day.
- Rowell’s style is just plain fun. You get to sit back and enjoy the story without trudging through rants about love or growing up or learning to adult. The book is about all of these things, but they present themes, not a thesis.
If any part of you loves a good story and wonderful characters, you should read this book.
Amusing tidbit: At a recent author talk, Rowell said that Lincoln would totally be cast as Chris Pratt (the Parks and Rec version). Now Michelle keeps seeing Lincoln in the IT department...with raptors lurking in the shadows.