Author: Rainbow Rowell
Summary: It’s 1999 and for the staff of one newspaper office, the internet is still a novelty. By day, two young women, Beth and Jennifer, spend their hours emailing each other, discussing in hilarious detail every aspect of their lives, from love troubles to family dramas. And by night, Lincoln, a shy, lonely IT guy spends his hours reading every exchange.
“I want someone whose heart is big enough to hold me.”
So this is the third book that I’ve read by the Author Rainbow Rowell, I rather enjoyed her other two books and when I saw that she’d written an adult romance I was excited to read it, however after reading it I’m not sure how I feel about this one.
Firstly, I don’t think this feels like an adult romance, the writing style makes it seem more YA although there are some parts of the story that feel more adult but overall I feel like you could class this as YA. although I did like the way it was written, I like Rowells writing style and thats no different with this book.
For me the best part of this book was the emails between Beth and Jennifer, I just really loved their storyline and their friendship, honestly feel like I would’ve liked this book more if it was just focused on them. they with had really interesting stories to tell and I wish we could’ve seen more of that. Instead however we get to learn more about Lincoln, a man that is reading their private emails and “falling in love” with Beth. The book makes us feel like we should sympathise with his character, but I just can’t, what he’s doing is wrong and even though he knows that he still continues to do it. To me Lincoln seems obsessive over Beth to a point where its unhealthy. although I did like the fact we somewhat got to see Lincoln mature throughout the book and I did like the scenes where he played Dungeons and dragons with his friends.
Let’s talk about the ending which almost brought this book down to a 2/2.5 for me. Basically, everything works out perfectly, Beth and Lincoln see each other at the cinema and she immediately goes over to him and kisses him after learning he read her emails…. okay, sure. This just felt so unrealistic to me, the two of them had only said one word to each other up until this point and she just kisses him, even after learning that he’d been reading her emails for months. They did sort of address that later on but Lincoln still receives no consequences for his actions, in the end everything worked out perfectly and for some reason that just didn’t sit well with me.
I know a lot of people like this book and I kind of do to, I gave it 3 stars purely because I loved the Beth and Jennifer emails so much. However, would I read this book again? No. will I recommend this book to people? No. I just think there are better adult romances out there. Also this will be the last Rainbow Rowell book read/review due to everything that is happening right now.