Who’s reading your email, and what do they think of you?
These are questions discussed in Rainbow Rowell’s novel Attachments. Lincoln works the night shift as an “internet security officer” for a newspaper. In his official capacity, his job is to read everyone’s correspondence and write a report if it violates company policy. While the rest of the world is sleeping, Lincoln wades through tasteless jokes and forbidden web traffic. It’s lonely work, but as a 28-year old Dungeons & Dragons aficionado who lives at home with his mom, Lincoln is used to loneliness.
And then he starts reading Beth and Jennifer’s emails to each other. Even though they both work at the paper, Beth and Jennifer’s exchanges are pretty much exclusively non-work-related, full of inappropriate details about their personal lives and stories that make Lincoln laugh out loud. He knows he should report them, but he can’t stop reading. And, soon, he finds himself falling in love with one of them. But how could he ever even introduce himself now that he’s been reading all her secrets for this long?
Attachments is a romantic read with a sharp wit and a big heart. Even if you don’t usually go for love stories, I recommend giving this one a go. Fair warning, though: you might never look at your email the same way again.