Lincoln has finally finished school after several degrees and moved back in with his mother. He has a job he hates at the local newspaper. He works nights in the IT office monitoring the email filter and making sure no one is sending things through company email that they shouldn’t. He doesn’t have much of a social life and spends his Saturday nights playing Dungeons and Dragons. He becomes enchanted by the emails between Beth and Jennifer as they chat about their lives, their loves and everything else. He is soon in love with Beth even though he has never met her or even seen her.
I absolutely loved Rainbow Rowell’s other books Eleanor & Park and Fangirl so when I saw she had another book I immediately picked it up to read it. My first indication that it was something different should have been that it was an adult romance book. This book definitely lacks the charm and intensity of her teen books. I did really enjoy the snappy emails between Jennifer and Beth. I thought those parts of the book really elevated the story. Lincoln’s story was a bit different. There wasn’t a lot there that really drew me in. And I thought he was pretty much a stalker for the majority of the book. Not in a horrible way, but a stalker none-the-less. Then we have the ending…oh the horrible ending. So Lincoln and Beth have never met, but they are somehow in love. So of course the first time they do meet they spend the entire time making out during a movie and suddenly love has bloomed, romance is in the air, and everything is wonderful. Really?? Never mind the fact that he invaded her privacy for months and stalked her and never mind the fact that she kind of stalked him as well. Once they meet all is forgotten and forgiven and coupledom ensues. I found it a bit ridiculous which is why I so seldom read adult books and very rarely romance. I will definitely stick with Rowell’s teen books in the future.