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- Publisher : Dutton (14 April 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0525951989
- ISBN-13 : 978-0525951988
- Item Weight : 522 g
- Dimensions : 15.88 x 3.18 x 23.5 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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At first, Lincoln reads the work emails as a fun distraction from his boring job. But slowly, he starts to fall for one of the girls. Now all he has to do is go introduce himself …as the guy who’s been reading her e-mails.
Interesting premise, right? And a really fun book too. That’s why it was hard to rate. I had problems with it, but I also really like it. There were many good things. The writing, as expected from Rainbow Rowell, was great, with the right amount of emotion and humour. The format of the book was great too. I was so upset when the e-mails finally stopped.
I liked all the characters and getting to know them. Lincoln, for example; even though I knew what he was doing was wrong, I couldn’t not like him. He was such a cute, likable and relatable character. So were both Beth and Jennifer. I adored their conversations. They were funny and completely trivial at times. Other times they were meaningful and sweet. Beth and Jennifer’s relationship with each other was precious. We don’t get to see female friendships like this, often.
I also liked getting to know Lincoln’s mom and his sister. They were entertaining. Though I’m surprised Lincoln hasn’t going crazy with the two of them constantly being pushy and trying to shove their opinions down his throat.
Honestly, the only drawback of this book, for me, was the romance. And that’s why it was a book I found hard to rate. Because while I want to say that it was just one thing and, therefore, not a big deal; it was a big deal.
This a contemporary romance novel. Saying it’s okay for the romantic aspect to be lacking is like coming from watching a horror movie and going, “It was a great movie but it wasn’t scary.” It’s the key aspect. And the reason it didn’t work was because I didn’t see it. I didn’t see Lincoln falling for Beth. Yeah, he said she was kind and funny and stuff, but those are such general things. I just couldn’t feel it with them. I could see him liking her, but love? Yeah, I didn’t buy that.
Another thing, that also comes under romance, was the ending. I didn’t like it. And it’s not that I didn’t like where they were in the end, I just dislike how they got there. It felt wrong because it came out of nowhere. The series of events was all wrong and very rushed. I kind of wrote an alternate ending for it in my head. An ending I like better. They still end up where they do, but in a different way. No offence to anyone who likes the original ending, but it didn’t work for me.
And that’s all I have to say about the book. I do recommend it because it was a very enjoyable read. But I think it’ll work better for romantics and, while I read a lot of romance novels, I would definitely not consider me a romantic.
Lincoln and Beth were likeable characters. Lincoln's circle of friends turned out to be nice and supportive. Lincoln's mom was very nicely written and I liked her interactions with Lincoln. And how reading Beth and Jennifer's conversation influenced Lincoln's thinking and daily life.
"Do you find Tom Cruise attractive?" came out of nowhere and had me laughing so badly :D Rainbow writes all her characters with so much emotion and love that you can't help but root for them. This was my 4th book by her and I was reminded a lot as to why she is such a good writer. This book was set around the 2000's when the Y2K was going to happen and people made a big deal about it. So if you know anything about that, then it'll be fine. There weren't a lot of other references to pop culture to make you feel out of place. Overall, this was a short, calming read that can be easily read in a short span of time (i.e., binge-read in a day :) ).
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I read the blurb of this when it came out and thought it sounded interesting.
What I personally found was that I struggled like hell to finish it. I admit I skimmed the last 2 chapters but I felt I had read enough.
I found this book to be creepy, the guy was really weird to do what he did. It’s out of the ‘norm’ anyway.
It’s based in 1999 internet was kinda new.
So in offices it was a boom to get work done but these two friends zjennifer and Beth would email each other back n forth. Some pretty personal emails too.
Lincoln is the IT guy who helps with the running of the computers. So he can basically access most things, and guess what, he access those emails. Based on the emails alone he falls in love.
It was funny in places, I became amused by the whole concept. So that’s why I’ve upped it to 3 stars.
The characters are so relatable and human, and with each turn of the page I fell in love with them a little more. We follow them through embarassing, heartbreaking, and incredibly funny moments in their lives; enchanced greatly by Rowell's distinctive stye.
This will forever be one of my favourite books, I would recommend it to any of you.
Lincoln was such a unique character. Soft and sensitive, deeply emotional and flawed. But in the end it all works out like it should. If you want a book to stop and start, or a chapter a night kind of book, then this is perfect, however after chapter 40 it starts to grip you and you suddenly realise how invested in the characters you are and you’re desperate to know more!
Rainbow Rowell has truly captured a unique love story designed to slowly and softly sweep you up and never let you go
Lincoln's life is far from perfect, the only girl he ever loved left him in college/uni, he lives at home with his mum and spends his nights sitting in an office reading other people's emails. It's not exactly hard work or challenging. Finding ways to pass the time is about as hard as it gets.
Then he finds an email conversation between Jennifer and Beth, it's been flagged up as they are discussing things that aren't to do with work, but for some reason Lincoln doesn't report them, instead he ends up reading their conversations and even looking forward to the next time he will see one. But by the time he realises that he is falling in love with Beth it's too late - he can't confess he has broken her privacy and trust before he even met her. It would make him look like a total creep.
I wasn't sure about this book to start, it seemed a bit slow and i wasn't sure where it was going, Lincoln seemed rather pathetic and whiny which irritated me a bit. I can't stand people that moan about their lives but do nothing to change it, but as the book progresses and you learn more about his past and see him adapt and become a new person I found myself reading more and more in the hope he would get a happy ending.
I also really enjoyed reading the girls email conversations - I can see why Lincoln was intrigued. They were witty and funny but also sometimes really meaningful and made you feel for the characters.
Rainbow tackled what is actually quite a sensitive subject here and presented it very well. I loved how well the storyline flows and develops and how the characters are so relateable.
It's not my favourite by her, but it is definitely a very good read and I would definitely call myself a fan. I look forward to seeing more from her, eagerly awaiting the next book!
There was something very realistic about the whole thing. These were people you could imagine knowing, or being. They weren't clichés, walking tragedies, or virginal beauties. It was lovely to see the bond of friendship between Beth and Jennifer. (I adored Jennifer!) And I adored Lincoln and his relationship with his Mom, and the way he was such a geek but was also self possessed and real and caring.
The whole thing was so touching, I'm truly going to miss these characters. It was so real I almost felt like as uncomfortable as Lincoln peering into their lives from the outside. The only thing I would say against this book was that I felt Beth's character struggled to stand out from Jennifer's. I needed to know and like Beth a little more I think. Jennifer just made me laugh so much, and want to hug her, that I wasn't always paying attention to the attractions of the love interest! Lincolns story was so almost tragic though I just wanted for him whatever he wanted. I was urging him along all the way as he made his own life, finding his own place in the world, so that when his chance came, he claimed it!
I can't say it enough, I love these characters like they were my best friends and I'm going to be thinking about them even after I've completed dozens more book reviews. Just like I still can't get Eleanor and Park out of my heart.