What I’d Pay: $8
To sum it up: As part of computer security, Lincoln reads emails flagged as inappropriate and slowly falls for a girl in the office through the process.
This is a really adorable romantic comedy.
It was an extremely quick read that only took me a couple hours, so it get’s a slightly lower rating because of that. I really liked the main character of Lincoln. He is an awkward, geeky guy who has no luck with girls, but he is also extremely smart, kind, and totally lovable. He doesn’t know what to do with his life and as a result has multiple degrees but no career, and after moving home to save some money he gets a pretty terrible job working computer security at a small newspaper company. Since the setting is late 1999, the computer techs are concerned about Y2K and don’t have the best email monitoring system. So, his job is to read through the office emails flagged as inappropriate and hand out warnings. He doesn’t really know anyone in the office since he works the night shift, but two coworkers in the office constantly get their emails to each other flagged and as he reads them he begins to feel like he knows them. The chapters alternate between the email exchanges between the two friends and Lincoln’s story. Reading their emails really puts you in Lincoln’s shoes and I definitely understood how he felt that he knew them, since I felt that way too. I really liked seeing Lincoln progress throughout the book – he gets motivated to take charge of his life and change the things he doesn’t like about himself. Ultimately, this is a romantic comedy that ends the way you want it to, but the story is just lovely.
Bottomline: This is a cute romantic comedy that is a fast read. I would definitely recommend this to someone looking for something fun to read that just makes you smile. Got this ebook from the LA library after a very long wait.