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  • Author(s): Rowell, Rainbow
  • Language:
    English
  • Publication Information:
    New York : Dutton, 2011.
  • Publication Date:
    2011
  • Physical Description:
    323 p. ; 24 cm.
  • Publication Type:
    Book
  • Document Type:
    Fiction
  • Subject Terms:
  • Additional Information
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Gossiping and sharing their personal secrets on e-mail in spite of their company's online monitoring practices, Beth and Jennifer unwittingly amuse Internet security officer Lincoln, who unexpectedly falls for Beth while reading their correspondence.
    • ISBN:
      9780525951988 : HRD
      0525951989 : HRD
    • Accession Number:
      2010036696
    • Accession Number:
      fay.328588

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2011 March #1

At the dawn of Y2K, Lincoln has a job at a newspaper, monitoring company e-mail to make sure no one is sending inappropriate messages. When he comes across the e-mails between Beth and Jennifer, he's hooked and slowly falls in love with Beth. Unfortunately, Beth lives with a gorgeous but emotionally distant musician, and Lincoln has his own love-life difficulties. To recover from his first love, he moved back to his mother's and the job he hates. Epistolary novels are challenged when it comes to creating willing suspension of disbelief. It's hard to believe that two women working on deadlines who see each other daily would exchange lengthy e-mails. Another obstacle is Lincoln himself, for in making him a worthy romantic lead, Rowell has created the perfect man, whose difficulties are hard to fathom. The setting of 1999–2000 helps, though. That slightly distant world before Twitter and Facebook, when not everyone had e-mail, is removed enough to willfully suspend disbelief to spend time with these sweet characters. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2011 February #2

As an Internet security officer at a newspaper, Lincoln reads emails sent among his coworkers and administers warnings about proper content. Although he hates this part of his job, Lincoln is instantly captivated by the exchanges between best friends Beth and Jennifer; instead of giving them a warning, he continues to read Jennifer's news about her husband and Beth's revelations about her boyfriend. Lincoln soon finds himself falling in love with Beth, even though they have never met. But the deeper he falls, the more keenly aware Lincoln becomes of his precarious position. He begins to realize that he may not have a chance with the woman whose privacy he has so grossly invaded. VERDICT Set at the turn of the 21st century, this debut novel by a newspaper columnist includes convincing details about the attitude toward computer use in the workplace and brushes over anxieties associated with Y2K. Chick-lit fans may enjoy the engaging dialog and likable characters, but this reviewer was disappointed at the slow unfolding of the romantic elements; the few brief encounters were not enough to result in the full-blown relationship that develops in the span of a few pages at the novel's end.—Natasha Grant, New York

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PW Reviews 2011 January #3

In sweet, silly, and incredibly long digital missives, best newsroom pals Beth and Jennifer trade gossip over their romances—Beth with her marriage-phobic boyfriend, Chris, and Jennifer with her baby-mania-stricken husband, Mitch. What they don't know is that the newly hired computer guy, Lincoln, an Internet security officer charged with weeding out all things unnecessary or pornographic, is reading their messages. But lonely Lincoln lets the gals slide on their inappropriate office mail and gets hooked on their soapy dalliances, falling head over heels for the unlucky-in-love Beth. Debut novelist and real-life newspaper columnist Rowell has the smarts for this You've Got Mail–like tale of missed connections, but what doesn't work so well is the firewall between the traditional narrative reserved for Lincoln's emergence from shy guy to Beth's guy, and heroines who are confined to the e-epistolary format. Despite the structural problems, there's enough heart and humor to save these likable characters from the recycle bin. (Apr.)

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