“If our foremothers could hear us, they would regret winning the sexual revolution.”
This book is just too adorable. Beth, movie reviewer:
“And period dramas should only star Colin Firth. (One-star upgrade for Colin Firth. Two stars for Colin Firth in a waistcoat.)”
and Jennifer (columnist of some variety):
“I knowingly got involved with a guy who plays the tuba. Finish the story.”
are bored at work and send one another spectacular email chains, totally flaunting their company’s policy about personal use of the email system. These brilliantly smart women brought joy into my day with their irreverent chatter. Meanwhile, Lincoln, lonely IT guy tasked with monitoring email and not much else…
“He spent the rest of the night archiving and compressing files, just to spite Greg. (Even though Greg would never notice that the work was done, let alone that it was done spitefully).”
monitors the emails, and likes them too much to issue the warning that he really should. I was less of a fan of Lincoln’s, but I suspect that is because he had less opportunity to be vivacious and pithy in writing.
There isn’t that much of a plot, but it’s not necessary because the writing is so funny and sweet. When I was in Denver, I visited the Tattered Cover bookstore and bought a little tin of Book Darts, mostly because I wanted a souvenir. I used so many of them in this book, there are stacks of funny quotes.
“I don’t know if I even believe in that anymore. The right guy. The perfect guy. The one. I’ve lost faith in ‘the’.
How do you feel about ‘a’ and ‘an’?
So you’re contemplating a life without articles?
And true love.”
It passed the “get home, march upstairs and finish reading the book, forgetting to eat dinner or look at the clock” test. It’s that charming.
“Why are you lying awake, thinking that you’re a terrible person?
To keep my mind occupied when I can’t sleep. Some people count sheep. I self-loathe.”
There are a few character trials, enough for drama and development, but in the best tradition of romcoms, everything turns out ok.
“If civilisation comes crashing down at midnight, the last thing I’d want is to be stuck in my apartment, living off bottled water and canned beans.”
It’s just lovely. Buy it.
Additional information:Copy borrowed from the library and sadly returned. Publisher: Orion, 323 pages (hardback) Order Attachmentsfrom Amazon* * this is an affiliate link – I will be paid a small percentage of your purchase price if you use this link, which goes towards give-aways and site hosting