Genre: Adult/Contemporary Fiction
Review in a word: Sweet
Opening line: “Would it kill you to get here before noon?”
Lincoln is hired at a newspaper as an “Internet Security Officer”—meaning he gets to read everyone’s emails. Beth and Jennifer’s conversations get flagged all the time, but they’re just so darn funny, Lincoln neglects to give them warnings. Instead, he gets wrapped up in their lives, beginning to care for them and know them intimately. And then Beth & Jennifer start talking about a mysterious cute coworker in the building…and Lincoln realizes it’s him. Now that he knows there’s interest, he wants to meet them (especially Beth). But obviously, as his feelings grow, the question of how to meet gets harder and harder to accomplish without looking like a stalker.
Unlike the first two Rowell books I read, this was definitely not YA. I don’t think I’d recommend that my 15-year-old sister read it, although I’d give her the other two in a heartbeat. The narrative switches between Lincoln’s POV and Beth & Jennifer’s emails, which was kind of fun to read. And Beth & Jennifer are very funny. I kept thinking, “Yep—that’s exactly how women talk.”
Recommend? If you like Rainbow Rowell’s other books, I have no doubt you’ll like this one. But if you’re not sure, I wouldn’t start with this one. I suggest starting with Fangirl.
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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
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