“Every woman wants a man who’ll fall in love with her soul as well as her body.”
Number of Pages: 323.
Perspective: First/Third Alternating.
Let’s go back to an office building right before the new millennium. Internet security was blooming. Beth and Jennifer’s stories are told through work emails. Lincoln, the new internet security officer, reads company emails to check for threats and inappropriate content. But he doesn’t expect to find love reading the women’s conversations. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I’ve been reading a lot of thriller, horror, suspense, and down-right depressing books lately. This one was a nice change of pace. However, this is my least favorite Rainbow Rowell book. I felt so much more connected to the characters in her other books.
I picked up this book because I am writing a novel using letters. So I wanted to see how some other authors have formatted that. When you compose most of a book in written communication, it can leave the reader feeling like something is missing. That is because you lose out of setting and actions in favor of a type of monologue/dialogue. I think Rowell handled that challenge well by offering a third person point of view outside of the emails.
I was a little disappointed with the ending. I think it took way too long to get where we ended up. It almost feels like it needs a sequel to really give you the full story.
With all that said, it was an entertaining read, and I enjoyed being thrown back into the late 90s. [And I’m creeped out by who might read my emails now.] It is definitely worth a read. If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
“I want someone whose heart is big enough to hold me.”