I will admit, I judge books by their covers. I have picked up many a book simply because I thought the cover was beautiful. I’ve also passed by many with covers that didn’t catch my eye. So when this book started circulating through the library I admit, I ignored it. The cover is bland and gives little hint to the story inside. Then a friend recommended it to me promising me I would love it and that it was funny. I agreed to put aside my first impression and read it, but still it sat in my to-be-read pile for a couple of months before I finally picked it up. Let me say, Jenn, you were right.

Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office email but they just don’t care. They send emails back and forth gossiping about their coworkers, personal lives, and behaving like best friends do. The emails are witty and highlight the ups and downs of their lives. Jennifer is married and having tremulous thoughts about whether she’s ready to have the children her husband desperately wants. Beth despairs over her longtime rocker boyfriend and his distant behaviors.

“Do you believe in love at first sight?” He made himself look at her face, at her wide-open eyes and earnest forehead. At her unbearably sweet mouth. “I don’t know,” he said. “Do you believe in love before that?”
attachmentsLincoln, a shy lonely guy that never really got over the break-up with his high school girlfriend, takes job in IT just in time for Y2K. His new job is to read emails that have been flagged for one reason or another and send out warnings. This makes him feel like a Peeping Tom but the more he reads of Beth and Jennifer’s conversations the more the feels like he knows them, likes them, and is completely captivated by them. By the time that realizes he’s falling in love with Beth it’s too late to introduce himself, what would he say, “Hi, I’m the guy that gets paid to read your emails and I think I’m in love with you”?

Ignore the cover and pick up the book because I told you how cute and funny it is (without being too sugary sweet). Those of us that remember Y2K will remember people stocking up on canned food and bottled water and will also enjoy the movie, song, and technology-such as it was in 1999- references.

I’m looking forward to Eleanor and Park which comes out next spring; even if I do think the cover art is lame.