Thursday, Aug 13, 2015
Let's face it, light-hearted love stories are not my go-to genre. Were it not for the well-crafted recipe of humorous dialogue, characters with quirky faults, and attention to vulnerable emotions, this love-at-first-sight story, would simply be fluff. But it's not. Instead it's the decadent ganach filling the inside of our storytelling pastry that literary so-so fluff only wishes it could be.
Rainbow Rowell is a master at creating an underdog you can't help but root for. Lincoln finds himself in a lonely job monitoring company emails and unexpectedly falls for a woman whose messages keep getting caught in the filter. It's fairly one-sided and at points could be considered creepy, but somehow it's just so darn charming. He's the sweet, insecure guy that you hope gets the girl, and as improbable as the scenario seems to be, you go along with his tale because you want to indulge on ganach and forget about the vegetables of reality for a while. That guilty-pleasure indulgence is exactly what you get from Attachments.
Food metaphors aside, this book is well worth a read for anyone interested in a light love story. As usual I recommend the audiobook. I listened in the car, and it was a lovely distraction from the frustrating traffic building up during road construction. In fact, when I got out of the car it left me smiling, and who couldn't use a little of that?