There are plenty of stories about love at first sight, but Attachments (Dutton, Apr.) is a heartfelt tale about friendship, trust, and falling for someone before you meet them. Set in 1999, Rainbow Rowell's novel follows co-workers Beth and Jennifer, who on company time share personal information electronically. Little do they know that Lincoln, hired to monitor company e-mail, is following their correspondence and falling for Beth's irrepressible personality. Beth and Jennifer have a strong friendship based on humor and honesty, and their exchanges are spot-on recreations of the sort of e-mails I'm guilty of sending to friends. (Dear employer, if you're reading this, please don't fire me.) A realistic amount of angst and heartbreak provides serious moments among the lightheartedness. Lincoln, the introverted and conflicted hero, is the real center of the novel—a unique, believable, less-than-perfect "nice guy" who manages to stay on the right side of the line between sweet and disturbing, even as curiosity gets the better of him.