“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 . . . ?
Another strange book, beautifully written by Rainbow Rowell. After reading so much fast fiction, it is not as easy to go back to reading worthy fiction. The words are not as easy to skip, this type of books requires a lot more attention, but in the end it is all worth it. These are the books you truly learn something from.
The topic of the book is slightly controversial. In am still on the fence about it. I dislike the idea of someone going through my correspondence but if it is my work or school email address I can understand why the practice is needed. The idea behind this practice is to prevent crime such as abuse of power or blackmailing, but it is still a bit creepy to have someone run through all your written words.
Most of the people I discussed this book with hated Lincoln because of the things he does, but to be honest, I do not. You cannot blame someone for doing their job. for making an honest living, because at the end of the day that is what he does. His job, much to our dismay, is legal.
If I were to sum up Lincoln in a few words, I would call him an amazing book boyfriend. This is what I enjoy most in Rainbow’s books. The characters are incredibly real, with real life problems. You know how often I changed my mind about what I am going to do with the rest of my life, for the record, until college I always knew what I wanted to do, but life had other plans. I understand why he is so confused and undecided. It is funny how the right person, at the right time can help us learn more about ourselves and see what is important and what is not. Those silly emails that Lincoln had to read day by day did that for him. They changed his life, they gave him a purpose as strange as that may sound. He thought he had a boring job, but instead that job gave his life meaning.
I am not saying anything else. My role here is not to ruin a good book, but introduce you to a whole new story, a new universe that will fascinate you, that you will love.
Go pick up a copy and enjoy!
From me: 4.5/5