As a lifelong fan of idealistic Jane Austen novels and hysterical Dudley Moore movies, I must admit I have a soft spot for romantic comedies – For me this genre is the best of both worlds: humour and love. The latest Rom-Com I devoured was Rainbow Rowell’s quirky adult fiction novel Attachments. It was so funny and charming, I actually stayed up late reading it and got up early to find out what would happen next.
Set in 1999, Attachments is about an IT nerd in his late twenties named Lincoln O’Neill, who gets a job at a local newspaper after finally deciding to no longer be a ”professional student.” Lincoln’s job is awful though – He has to work alone at night and his only task is to read other staff members’ emails to make sure they are complying with the newspaper’s policy not to send non-work related messages. Despite knowing the rules, Editor Jennifer Scribner-Snyder and Entertainment Reporter Beth Fremont send each other lengthy and hilarious emails about everything from bad boyfriends to pregnancy attempts. Lincoln cannot bring himself to report Beth and Jennifer to his boss and tells himself he will stop reading their emails altogether, even though they are captivating. However, the latter is not as easily as it sounds and Lincoln finds himself developing a crush on Beth – A girl he has never even met. Will Lincoln ever be able to introduce himself to Beth and if he does, can she forgive him for eavesdropping?
If you enjoy Attachments, try Rowell’s Young Adult fiction books Fangirl and Eleanor & Park. I couldn’t put down either – Rainbow’s got the goods! Also visit her website! For more rom-com recommendations, check out this column I wrote.