Monday, July 2, 2012

by Rainbow Rowell

Sometimes you just need a quick summer read and this one was perfect! A man named Lincoln takes a night job doing internet security and reviewing flagged emails. After seeing quite a few between two friends, Jennifer and Beth, he begins to feel like he knows them but he isn’t sure how he would ever introduce himself. That’s not a great summary, but trust me it’s better than it sounds. I didn’t want to put it down.

The chapters rotate back and forth between Lincoln’s life and email exchanges between Jennifer and Beth. This style helped the story move forward quickly. I really liked that it’s not a regular romantic comedy/chick lit kind of book. It’s all from the guy’s point of view. We only saw what Jennifer and Beth were thinking through their emails. Lincoln may have been romantically interested in Beth, but I loved that Jennifer’s story mattered too. She wasn’t just a throw away character.

The author did a great job building up the supporting characters. The two leads are obviously important, but their other relationships: Lincoln’s with his mother, friends and Doris were all essential to the story. His back story was really good too. It showed how unhealthy relationship can really skew your world view. It was really more about figuring out who you are as a person, with or without love in your life, than it was just about finding love and that fixing everything else.
The perfect summer read. Pick up a copy if you’re in the mood for something sweet and light.
“‘I pictured a girl who was that alive… A girl who never got tired of her favorite movies,’ he said softly. ‘Who saved dresses like ticket stubs. Who could get high on the weather… I pictured a girl who made every moment, everything she touched, and everyone around her feel lighter and sweeter.’”

I saw this one recommended by Wallace at Unputdownables and reviewed at Giraffe Days


Anonymous said...

I completely agree! I read this one last year and really enjoyed it.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Heather - It's a fun one for summer.

annieb said...

You have done it again, Melissa. I just ordered this book! So many books, so little time, yada yada. The list grows longer every day. Certainly glad I am retired.

Kat @ NoPageLeftBehind said...

I totally agree with your review! It's a perfect summertime romance - with a twist! Glad you liked this one too :)

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

annieb - I kept seeing it pop up on other people's sites and I couldn't resist either!

Kat - Sometimes it's hard to find books that are both fun and intelligently written. This was a good blend of the two.

Jenners said...

I agree … it is an ideal summer read.