One of my favorite books is Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Attachments has everything I love: a realistic best friendship, 90s nostalgia, and a protagonist described as a D&D nerd who happens to look like Harrison Ford/Jason Bateman (swoon.)
In Attachments, Beth and Jennifer carry on conversations through their work email which totally reminds me of how I talk to my own best friend (HI LAURA!) The protagonist, Lincoln, falls in love with Beth after reading their emails as part of his internet security job.
Here’s one of my favorite snippets of their conversations:
From: Beth Fremont
To: Jennifer Scribner-Snyder
Sent: Thurs, 10/14/1999 11:09 AM
Subject: October, at last!
Beth to Jennifer: Callooh! Callay!
Jennifer to Beth: At last? October is half over. And what’s in October anyway?
Beth to Jennifer: Not “what’s in.” What is. October. My favorite month. Which, by the way, has only half begun.
Some find it melancholy. “October,” Bono sings, “and the trees are stripped bare…”
Not I. There’s a chill in the air that lifts my heart and makes my hair stand on end. Every moment feels meant for me. In October, I’m the star of my own movie—I hear the soundtrack in my head (right now, it’s “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”)—and I have faith in my own rising action.
I was born in February, but I come alive in October.
Jennifer to Beth: You’re a nut.
Beth to Jennifer: A hazelnut. A filbert.
October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins.
O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!
Jennifer to Beth: I do love tiny candy bars.
Beth to Jennifer: Merry October!
Jennifer to Beth: All right, Merry October! Why not?
Eleanor and Park was the first Rainbow Rowell book I fell in love with, but Attachments is definitely my favorite of all.