I’m DNF-ing this book.
At page 179/357. At 50%.
This book is not bad by all means. The writing is fine. But damn… it’s. just. too. damn. slow. (in my opinion)
SYNOPSIS: “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you…”
Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.
Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill can’t believe this is his job now- reading other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be “internet security officer,” he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.
When Lincoln comes across Beth’s and Jennifer’s messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can’t help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.
By the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late to introduce himself.
What would he say . . . ?
I love the premise. I like the idea of love before first sight. I like the idea that someone is reading their emails but not flagging them out. I like learning about Beth and Jennifer from their emails. At 50%, I tell you, I’m already very invested in the characters. I really like Beth and Jennifer. I adore their email exchange. I kinda like Lincoln too. I like Sam (Lincoln’s ex GF who dumped him), I like how dislikable she was. I like Lincoln’s relationship with the mum too. I like a lot of characters. They’re all realistic. And I’m so invested in their character and their stories that I’m very upset that nothing seems to be happening for a long time. Especially with Lincoln. It’s the same old routine. Lincoln goes to work every night and reads the email and we learn more about Beth and Jennifer. Then Lincoln goes home and we learn his life story in his POV. And repeat.
And it’s getting creepy and awfully tiring now.
Lincoln does take some action about his like for one of the girls. But it’s still not the kind of actions that would make things exciting like he goes to her office table after her work hours. Maybe it reflects his relatively quiet and shy nature. But seriously.. he has nothing to lose in taking more action. He won’t even be jeopardising himself if he does a little bit more. Why on earth aren’t you coming into the office when she’s still there? 50% in AND HE HASN’T EVEN SEEN BETH OR JENNIFER. Are you kidding me? Really? No matter how shy and quiet you are.. you’re going to want to see what they look like. I know this because I’m shy and quiet AND I DEFINITELY WANT TO SEE MY EYECANDIES. And c’mon you’re the IT guy, can’t find some pictures? Hoh. I’m not an IT guy, and I can find that shit out in milliseconds.
And I guess the story tells me Lincoln is putting off finding out how they look like cause he feels like it’s not work ethics. Sure. And since the girl he likes (beth) already has a boyfriend, he thinks he shouldn’t find out more about her either. So I guess, he’s trying to stop himself from liking her. But seriously, I can’t. I don’t know, the reason doesn’t convince me because he so obviously likes her. You’re going to her boyfriend’s show to see what he looks like. You’re obviously interested. But look at you not doing anything else. It’s just very tiring to read about Lincoln who does a lot of nothing. I can’t root for him. I mean I can. When there was a scene where Beth was email-ing Jennifer about a cute guy she saw, and it turned out to be Lincoln, I was like YES FINALLY GREAT.
But nothing much happened after that. Like Lincoln was happy too and it did affect him. But not much. Sure, he joined a gym and stuff. But what’s the freaking use?! When you don’t even want to find out what Beth looks like. All you do is just go back to reading emails and not taking control. Ugh. So tiring. So boring. So bland. So angrifying. DO SOMETHING LINCOLN. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? WHY?!
I DNF it anyway so I don’t know what happens. Maybe he does go find out what she looks like. I don’t care anymore. But I went to the end just to see what happens… Guess what, he drops her an email saying he’s been reading her emails and that he likes her at page 334. AT PAGE 334 OUT OF 357. Kill me now.
Really? I really couldn’t be bothered about what happens between pages 179 to 334. I’m not bothered about what happens after either. Like if he had confessed face to face, I would be a little interested. But through an email? WHERE’S THE CHARACTER ARC IMPROVEMENT? HE’S STILL HIDING BEHIND A COMPUTER AT PAGE 334?! You mean it happens in the last 20 odd pages?? Roll my eyes. I’m very annoyed because I really like the premise, I really like the characters. But ugh I don’t know.
I’m going to read something else.
I’ll only recommend this book for someone looking for a slow read.