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From the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fangirl , Carry On , and Landline comes a hilarious and heartfelt novel about an office romance that blossoms one email at a time...

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. He can't help being entertained, and captivated, by their stories. But by the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself. What would he even say...?
Publisher: 2011.
ISBN: 9781101476345
Branch Call Number: eBook overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: Overdrive, Inc

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LPL_PolliK Sep 06, 2016

Sweet, nerdy love.

LPL_KimberlyL Oct 28, 2015

This book is meant for those who are in love with romantic comedies! I was strongly reminded of Nora Ephron while reading "Attachments" (especially "You've Got Mail" and maybe a hint of "Sleepless in Seattle"). So if you're a fan of boy meets girl/girl meets boy in t... Read More »

This book inspires dial-up tones and the steady click of keyboards, just like in "You've Got Mail." Fans of Nora Ephron's charming style of story-telling will fall head-over-heels for this lovely book written by Rainbow Rowell.

Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors emails, but the women still message each other about their lives, relationships, office gossip, etc. Lincoln, the Internet security officer, can't bring himself to crack down on the women as he starts falling for Beth through their captivating stories.

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JCLBeckyC Mar 23, 2019

This is a fantastic love story for sapiosexuals, pop culture geeks, and underdog lovers. In this homage to the written word, a man falls in love with a woman after reading her witty and wonderful emails, before he even knows what she looks like. If you're better at writing than talking, or if you've found luck in online dating because you're better at communicating via text/IM/email than IRL, you'll feel validated by this unconventional love story.

Nov 17, 2018

What I liked:
+ chick lit with male POV character
+ positive portrayal of geek culture
+ Rowell's ability to create suspense and keep me reading
+ nostalgia for the late 1990's/early 2000's

What I disliked:
- the creepy/stalker-ish quality of the so-called romance
- the abrupt ending

May 13, 2018

It’s just before Y2K (remember that non-event?) and Lincoln is an IT guy in his late 20s whose job is to monitor the email at the newspaper where he works. Lincoln falls in love with the newspaper’s movie reviewer by reading her frequent email exchanges with another co-worker. If you experienced the years 1999-2000 as an adult, you will appreciate how well this story evokes that time. Reading this was so enjoyable that I started taking the bus to work instead of walking, just to gain a few extra minutes with the book each day. This is Rowell’s first novel. Her more recent ones, including Eleanor & Park, and Fangirl, are even better.

SPPL_Anna Mar 12, 2018

I love Rowell's writing style and her characters are just so imminently interesting. I wanted to be friends with them all immediately. Plus it has so many laugh out loud moments!

LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

I loved the style that Rowell uses to tell this story. Great read.

ArapahoeTiegan Aug 17, 2017

The Internet has finally come to The Courier offices and Y2K is looming. The Courier's higher ups are worried about allowing their staff access to e-mail and the internet, but they couldn't delay it any longer. So, they've hired Lincoln to manage a software that flags e-mails with certain words within them. He is then supposed to send warnings and file the offences. But once he starts to receive Beth and Jennifer's e-mails in his box, he just can't bring himself to flag their e-mails. He finds these women very entertaining, smart, and witty. Then he finds himself falling for Beth - without even knowing what she looks like and knowing that she has a boyfriend. He can't introduce himself - "Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mails...," but he also can't stop reading their e-mails, even having decided he is never going to report Beth and Jennifer, which means he really doesn't need to keep reading their personal exchanges. Then, he discovers Beth has a crush on him - she's tells Jennifer that she's seen him around the offices, but she doesn't actually know who he is and he still doesn't know what she looks like..

May 15, 2017

It takes a while to get into but once you do it's ridiculously sweet.

Apr 13, 2017

A great book to read when you want to relax and escape and hang out with some good friends. Friends who happen to be characters, but Rainbow Rowell writes such good characters. It seems quaint to think about Y2K now, and 1999 in general, but that added to the sweet, nostalgic feel. Loved it.

Feb 28, 2017

The story starts slowly. It takes time before getting attached to the story. However, it worth pursuing the reading. I really like Rainbow Rowell's writing.

Feb 18, 2017

Just plain average.
Minor victories of guy losing weight, moving out of apartment, get a new job & meeting the girl at very end.
Too plodding to get interested. Skimmed book.
I'm more surprised two ladies didn't get disciplined for lost productivity by management.
Wouldn't be surprised conservative "Typewriter ribbon not in stock by 1992" minded newspaper where girls work gone bankrupt thanks to internet.

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