Landline by Rainbow Rowell Review

Landline Book Cover Landline
Rainbow Rowell
Adult Fiction
St. Martin's Press
July 8, 2014
Paper
320
Library

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside the point.

Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn't expect him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts...

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Review (10)

I might have a small Rainbow Rowell addiction. After reading ‘Fangirl’ and ‘Carry on’, I knew I would enjoy this book. A friend of mine also loved it, and she hasn’t recommended a bad book yet. I was a bit excited because this is an adult fiction instead of the young adult novels of hers I have read in the past. Not that I don’t enjoy YA, but I haven’t read an adult novel in a while. As most my followers know, I don’t read blurbs of big publishers or authors I enjoy. So, I had no idea what I was getting into. This review will contain a spoiler that is in the blurb of the book. So if you don’t like reading blurbs, don’t read this review.

Marriage is tough. It isn’t a secret. There are going to be crappy times and good times. Landline is another one of those books that remind you of this fact. You can’t ignore your spouse and expect them to feel loved. I felt for Georgie, I was verballing yelling at her to do what happens in the ending the whole time I was reading; which ruined the ending for myself.  Not that it made it any less of a read, but I hate that I called it in the first few chapters. I did enjoy the whole timey-wimey landline plot. That was new and I really enjoyed it.

I liked all the characters. Georgie reminded me of someone in my family. She is completely oblivious to what is happening to her relationships if she’s working or focused on something else. I can relate with Neal on how completely infuriating that can be. He was practically a saint and I was cheering for him the whole book. Georgie’s family was a hoot. Her sister needs her own book because I love her. The pizza driver romance was ADORABLE. I mean honestly, what is better than pizza and young love? (nothing)

In a whole, Landline is a good read – Personally, I enjoyed fangirl more as I think I can relate to those characters on a deeper level. I would recommend it, heck I would tell anyone to read Rowell. She is a fantastic author. I think this book would have been 5 stars had I not called the ending.

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