Finally, I finished this book!
I’m the type of reader to read a book either a) in one day, or b) spread out like crazy (like, over the course of months crazy).
This book took me around two months start to finish. But, I had sort of bought it as one of those “keep in the car” types of books, so you know. But I revisited it yesterday and read the entire second half of the book in two hours. Maybe that will make up for it. I don’t know.
Anyways, on with the review.
“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 . . . ?
Genre: Young Adult
Year of Publication: 201
How I Came Across It: After reading Eleanor and Park and Fangirl, I realized that I was totally becoming a fan of Rainbow Rowell, so when I saw this in the bargain area (what a great book! Sad that it had resorted to the bargain bin), I just had to grab it. And so I did. I hadn’t read about this book beforehand, though. I just knew it was out because the reviews for it were on the back on Eleanor and Park.
Impression of FTP: “Ah, this reminds me of the books I used to read when I was in middle school, with the whole email setup of a book. Oh wait, what’s the second chapter? Who’s Lincoln? What?”
It made me want to keep reading, that’s for sure.
The Good: I like Beth, I like Jennifer. There’s something refreshing about Jennifer’s character, especially. I like how the two had obviously very different personalities. I also liked how the dialogue read. Very distinct for (mostly) every character. The setting was great, too, and I liked reading a story that mostly took place at a newspaper office building.
The Bad: The story is not very original. Well, some aspects are new to me, like the idea of eavesdropping on other people’s conversations. I appreciated the angle, though, of a man whose job is to read flagged messages and not some weird creep (well, it does get a little creepy at one point, but I’m willing to let that go). Not to say that it was a bad story, however, just sort of predictable.
And, I am so tired of reading about the “handsome geek” type of guy. I know, I know, that’s bad, but Lincoln was just that. An almost thirty year old who lives with his mom, plays Dungeons and Dragons, constantly thinking about an ex that left him nearly a decade before… You get it.
The Ugly: I get the whole thing with Eva and her mom (trying to not spoil anything here), but I feel like the dislike was a bit forced? A little dramatic? I don’t know. And, there were times in the story where I swore Sam and Eva were the same person. They have very similar personalities… I’m not a huge fan of that. But, overall, there wasn’t anything that was too ugly.
How’s the Ending?: Alright, so the ending is everything you expect. Well, the end of the ending, anyways. One part threw me for a loop, and almost made me doubt myself. Almost.
But then everything was smooth sailing again. Even though I think that it was a bit out of Beth’s character to do the thing she did at the movies, but it was still good.
Overall Grade: B. It was entertaining, but not my favorite by RR. However, I am very, very excited to read Landlines!