Attachments 46-50: Cute has never been your problem

This section is full of hilarious Beth and Jennifer conversations—tiny Emilie, dated baby names, and the ill-fated tea party shower. They have so much rage about tiny girls. I love Jennifer trying to think of short ladies—Rhea Perlman, Mary Lou Retton, Thumbelina they’re all perfect. I also appreciate they’re assertion that everyone know Emily is spelled with a “y.” Pointlessly confusing indeed. And the baby names. Of course Mitch likes Cody. It’s such a 90s name. “It works for everything” (174) might be the worst rationale ever for selecting a baby name. And Dakota is just as bad.

I think a tea party shower sounds like the greatest. Tri-Delts are clearly the worst. As Beth says, “They thought nothing of refusing my tea, spurning my sandwiches, and flirting with my boyfriend” (179). It’s bad enough that they flirt with Chris, but don’t refuse the hostesses refreshments! It’s moment like these where it’s easy to see Chris’s appeal—he’s good in a crisis and makes Beth feel better when all of the Tri-Delts leave—if only that were the norm.

Knowing that Beth feels jealous when she sees him talking to Emilie motivates Lincoln, but reading the emails is still weighing on his conscious. Lincoln desperately tries to think of a way he could get close to Beth without telling her, but he can’t. Thank goodness Lincoln finally tells someone! Christine’s response is diplomatic. She thinks Lincoln falling in love without ever seeing Beth is romantic, but she acknowledges that Lincoln has to tell Beth and be prepared that she might walk away.

Other Things

  • I hope Jennifer has more invested in the baby than the Chinese buffet.
  • Thanks ladies, my middle name is Dawn.
  • “Our kids will get scholarships!” (167) What an excellent way to justify a Star Wars memorabilia habit.

A Recommendation

If you love the idea of reading other people’s email conversations, you’ll love Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale. When Jess and Rachel graduate from Brown, they vow to stay in touch and be brutally honest with each other about their lives. The book follows them from New York to Paris and Beijing to Melbourne, through passionate relationships and ones that never quite start, and into terrible post-grad jobs and beyond.

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