SYNOPSIS: "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 . . . ?
GENRE: Romance, Contemporary (1999)
RATING: ★★★☆☆ / 3 adorably quick stars.
REVIEW: This book was a very quick read and unlike any of the previous Rainbow Rowell books that I've read, partially because it's aimed at an older audience (which, let's not get into it, I am...older that is...not that old! Gosh, don't start getting grey haired ideas...wait, what was I talking about?). This book takes place in 1999 (okay, I'll crack, I was in high school then and remember the whole Y2K thing. If you're too young to know what that is, look it up you young whippersnapper!) Wow, this is already a weird review.
So around the time when businesses were truly realizing the looming digital age, computers where still exciting and new, and everyone was just starting to understand how much time could be wasted on them (if you're reading this review, you're probably supposed to be doing something else right now, but the power of the computer has sucked you in right?). My point is that Rainbow Rowell captured that transitional period perfectly in this book! And she did it with her customary heart and humor.
Lincoln's job is to read people's work emails and make sure they're actually working and being appropriate. It's boring, which suits him fine until, of course, it no longer does. Let's just say he has emotional issues he has to work through. It's cute, it's sad, it's all of us at one point or another. BUT, Lincoln get sucked into the conversations emailed between Beth and her coworker Jennifer. The only way in which we get to know Beth is through these emails, the rest of the book is told from Lincoln's point of view. It was incredibly interesting to have a romantic novel told this way. Lincoln is our hero and even though we get to know Beth the same way he does, we don't connect with Beth in the normal way. It's definitely different.
Dungeons & Dragons...I was never a D&D person. Never played, never watched someone play, but I did know people in high school who did. This book hit me with a blast of nostalgia, some little, some big. So even though Lincoln and his friends played a game that never interested me, it was still a fantastic 1999 moment (do people still play D&D, has it evolved at all? Just as popular or not at all? I'm gonna need to do some research).
I will say, that with some creepy music, this book could easily be a little stalkery (let's just pretend that's a word). I mean, he's essentially spying on her. But of course Rainbow Rowell makes everything adorable and I suppose that's the big take-away from this book. It's perfectly adorable. Not my favorite of her books but still a fun read.