Author: Rainbow Rowell
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 . . . ?
I have never had so much fun reading email. Beth and Jennifer have the most entertaining conversations – told in the quick witted, fast paced, quirky sense of humor we’ve come to expect from Rainbow Rowell. Though I believe this was her first novel.
That being said, most of the story is told in Lincoln’s POV, which is not nearly as entertaining. Sure, he’s quirky and sensitive, and you want to root for him to end up with Beth (Jennifer is married from page 1) he just pales in comparison to the girls. Which I guess is part of the point. I can see why Lincoln continues to read emails he’s not supposed to, how he could fall so hard based on only emails.
But I think it took me as long as it did to read this book because what I really wanted to read wasn’t the majority of the book. I honestly think Rainbow Rowell could have done a kick ass job telling just Beth’s story through her emails with Jennifer. That I’d devour.
It didn’t help that the ending came a little too easy. It’s fluffy, cutesy, and in the infamous style of Rowell’s HEA, but after reading Fangirl and falling in love with that ending, I couldn’t go along with this one.