Number of Pages: 323
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Release Date: April 14, 2011
” “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 . . . ?”
After reading Rainbow Rowell’s novel Eleanor & Park I knew that I would have to read this one. I absolutely loved the fact that half of it was written normally, while the other half was composed of emails sent back and forth between Beth and Jennifer. It was really clever to have Lincoln react to the email that was in the previous chapter, because it gives the reader the sense that Lincoln is reading the email at the same time that you are. The effect is really cool and makes the book a lot more engaging and entertaining to read.
I loved Lincoln. He was kind and smart and quirky and funny and just overall adorable (well, I can’t actually see him, but if he was actually alive in real life I bet that he would be totally cute). My heart practically split in two when I learned what his previous girlfriend, Sam, had done to him. I literally gasped while reading that part and I made myself go back and reread it to make sure that I understood it correctly. I was like OH NO YOU DID NOT JUST DO THAT TO ADORABLE LINCOLN. But she had, and for that reason I strongly disliked her for the rest of the novel. Beth and Jennifer were funny and quirky as well, and I felt like I could relate to them a lot. Their fears, worries, hopes and dreams were ones that I think many young women have, and it was nice to see that I wasn’t alone. And their witty emails were absolutely hilarious and though-provoking and extremely entertaining all at the same time. AND THE ENDING. THE ENDING WAS SO GOOD. 🙂
Rainbow Rowell is an awesome writer. Her descriptions of average, everyday things make them seem magical and extraordinary. She makes you really feel for the characters as if they were real people or even your close friends. She forces you to think about your own life as you read, and you constantly find yourself wondering what you would do if you were in the shoes of the character in question.
Overall, I loved this book, but it just can’t compare to the flawlessness of Eleanor & Park. It seemed like it was lacking something extra that would bump it up to the next level. But still, it was an excellent book and well worth the read.
My Rating: :0) :0) :0) :0) 4 out of 5 smileys
Would I recommend it to a friend?: Absolutely!