“”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 . . . ?”

-Taken from Goodreads (

I’d like to thank NetGalley and Penguin Group for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This was a light and entertaining read, which I thought was better than Fangirl (I have not read Eleanor and Park, so I can’t make any comparisons). This was also a book that got me thinking about privacy in the work environment and misuse of company e-mail addresses.

At first, what Lincoln did, wasn’t really bothersome. It was his job, after all. But when he starts reading Jennifer and Beth’s email exchange for his own distraction rather than to monitor their content, then it got a bit creepy, in my opinion. While I felt it was wrong of Lincoln to do that, I also thought it wrong of both Jennifer and Beth to use their company e-mails to exchange messages that were absolutely private. I mean, one thing is to set up a lunch with coworkers; another is to discuss their love lives and private fears and dreams using their company e-mails.

I also thought that the ending was a bit rushed. Lincoln and Beth only actually meet at the end of the book and the whole stalker-ish situation was solved too easily in my opinion. The two of them acted wrongly, in my opinion, but I would hold a grudge for a little while anyway.

Rating: 3 out of 5


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