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Beth and Jennifer know their company monitors their office e-mail, but they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers at the newspaper and baring their personal lives like an open book. When Lincoln applied to be an Internet security officer, he hardly imagined he'd be sifting through other people's inboxes like some sort of electronic Peeping Tom. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can't bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can't help but be entertained and captivated by their stories. But by the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late for him to ever introduce himself.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2011
ISBN: 9780525951988
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 24 cm


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Lincoln is hired as an internet security officer, whose job is to weed through his coworkers’ email accounts and filter inappropriate content. Never did he imagine that he would start falling for Beth, one of the two best friends whose emails he’s been reading through and is totally entertained ... Read More »

A newspaper's new "internet security officer" learns that he is to monitor his co-workers emails, and finds himself pulled into the world of two friends, Beth and Jennifer. This is a happy book, and it won't take much time to read.

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Aug 07, 2019

A slow read in the beginning. But it was worth finishing! Very realistic in regards to the struggle of meeting new people and breaking out of your shell.

Jun 19, 2019

I like how the romance in this story is different than most other books. The way the two characters meet is unique but some people may see it as being "stalker-ish". I don't believe that is what Rowell meant for it to be, so I look past that and say that Lincoln is a great character and the way he develops along with the story is something worth reading the entire book for. The way they meet is slightly abrupt but I think the super sweet and cute ending kind of makes up for it.

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.

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.

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