Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Release Date: April 14, 2011
I don’t remember when I first heard about this book, but I remember the premise intrigued me. The story centers around Lincoln, a man in his late 20s who is hired to monitor employee emails at the newspaper. He finds himself reading emails between two women, Beth and Jennifer. He finds himself drawn to their conversations and begins to fall in “love at first read” with Beth. He struggles with the moral issues of reading the emails between Beth and Jennifer, but also wonders how to approach Beth.
I found this book absolutely adorable. It also resonated with me, because I am at a similar place in my life as the characters. They are all in their late 20s and struggling with issues like independence, family and relationships. I am also in my late 20s and struggling with some of the same problems. Especially Lincoln. I loved the character of Lincoln. I saw myself in this character. Lincoln struggles with becoming an adult, and taking charge of his life. I also liked the characters of Beth and Jennifer, but I think Lincoln really encompasses being in your 20s and feeling directionless. I think many other 20-somethings would also be able to relate to his character.
As for the plot, I found it pretty believable. Though I was amazed how articulate Beth and Jennifer were in emails, though it is 1999 in the book, so I guess people still considered emails like letters.
I think Rowell did an amazing job with the characterization and I look forward to reading her other books.