Blurb from Goodreads
By day, two young women spend their hours emailing each other, discussing every aspect of their lives. By night, Lincoln, a lonely IT guy, spends his hours reading every exchange. Soon Lincoln is drawn into their lives, and finds himself falling for one of them. Lincoln decides it’s time to muster the courage to follow his heart.
Yet I have to admit that I enjoyed it more than I expect. It’s hilarious! I love reading Beth and Jennifer’s emails. They feel real, as real as when my bestfriend and I emailing each other. They talk about anything and nothing. The story feels more mature than both Eleanor & Park and Fangirl as the characters are older than both in Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, but somehow it’s much lighter and funnier than both of them. And just like in Fangirl, in a way I can relate to the characters with my own life. Hence it so easy connects to the story.
I think the setting, 1999, is perfect for the story. It’s where the internet was still relatively new. Thus, Lincoln job sounds important, though he doesn’t feel that way. The internet itself was important but not enough to take over people’s life, just like nowadays. Most people still read newspaper, rather than e-newspaper. People still read The Curier, a newspaper where Beth and Jennifer work. And the Y2K issue was quite big at the time. I didn’t know much about it but I remember that it was such a big issue I read and saw it made headline so many times, especially at the end of 1999. So I couldn’t agree more with Jennifer and Beth about it.
As for the characters, I always love Rowell characters. I think she has a thing for nerd/geek characters which I love since I have a special place in my heart for nerd/geek characters. I really enjoyed reading Lincoln’s POV. I can see his geekiness. But I also have to say that I didn’t quite like him at the beginning of the story. He seems too clingy for me. I think it was necessary for his character, though. And that way I can see that he is a shy-awkward guy. But it was so easy to like Beth from the first line she was introduced. I think her emails helps me a lot to love her. I kinda wished she has her POV too. So I can see more about what she thinks of Lincoln and other characters.
So you see, without a doubt I really liked this book. However I couldn’t round it up to 4 star rating because I didn’t quite like the ending. I feel Beth and Lincoln ending is a bit in a rush. I don’t know…I think I need them to talk more or knowing each other more before it finally finish. And also I don’t believe in fall in love at first sight or love before love at first sight, so there! As much as I think their story is sweet and cute, I can’t get my mind to believe it 🙂