Hello!!!!! This is discussion post for the Attachments read-a-thon where hopefully most of you have read up to chapter 45. Firstly, profuse apologies for posting late (completely my fault i.e. Chantelle's fault), so if this has inconvenienced anyone, I'M REALLY SORRY! Secondly, as a reminder, roo-ah-rooo-ahhh, is the "Cute Guy Alarm" Beth makes up in chapter 19 but I'm going to use it and abuse it as the new Rainbow Rowell alarm :)
So! I really hope you're all enjoying Attachments so far, no hard feelings if it hasn't quite lived up to your expectations- I really want you to feel as if you can be honest in these discussions so please don't hold back.
My first question would have to be simply, how are you enjoying Attachments so far? What have your feelings been towards the book? Now that you're halfway, has there been a particular scene or quote that has stood out for you?
For me, a passage in Lincoln's POV really stood out: (end of chapter 20)
"Love. Purpose. Those are the things that you can’t plan for. Those are the things that just happen. And what if they don’t happen? Do you spend your whole life pining for them? Waiting to be happy?"
I think this struck a cord with me since I am 19 and I'm definitely at that stage where I'm wondering, when-where-how will these things happen for me? Will they happen? We see Lincoln frustrated with his lack of purpose in this first half, and just start to try and remedy that. He's at the gym, he's trying to be more social, he's making an active step towards getting things to 'happen' for himself.
The other issue, probably the main issue, about Lincoln's job is that it allows him to breach other people's privacy - and obviously he has been since he's learnt so much about the private lives of Beth and Jennifer. What do you think of Lincoln's job? Are you okay with it? What if you were Beth or Jennifer?
Personally, I think that Lincoln's job is necessary but I'd hate to have it myself. I guess using company computers you have to be aware that they are supposed to be for company purposes and there will probably be measures to ensure that that's enforced. It is a little naive of Beth and Jennifer to discuss personal topics so much and using flag words too. However, the extent of private details Lincoln knows about them is, I must admit, very invasive....
One of the top praises I'd have for Attachments is that it's very easy to relate to. So I was wondering, which characters or relationships have stood out for you? whether that be in positive or negative ways (or both). Which are you most eager to follow going into the second half? There are many characters in this novel, and many relationship dynamics to explore so to help you out, I've listed a few:
Jen & Beth: the girlfriends
Jen & Mitch: couple with disagreements relating to children
Beth & Chris: couple with disagreements relating to commitment
Lincoln & his mum: "mother-living" at 28 years old
Eve (Lincoln's sister) & her mum: disagreements about moving on
Lincoln & Sam: first love, dependency, cheating
Beth & Lincoln: innocent curiosity (not so innocent on Lincoln's behalf)
As much as I love Beth and Jen, it's Lincoln's (ex)relationship with Sam that had my attention for this first half. I'm a huge believer in first loves, but there was a toxic quality to it for Lincoln (following her across the county, his world and thoughts revolved around this girl who didn't feel the same) and the heart break of finding Sam cheating but STILL loving her that really got to me. I really want him to find love in the second half of this book, a true love that is mutual with a person who can give as much as he gives. (Beth Beth BETH! roo-ah-rooo-ahhh!