Book: Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Date Published: July 8th, 3014
Date Started: July 31st, 2014
Date Finished: August 2nd, 2014
Other Books Reviewed: Fangirl, Eleanor and Park
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?
So to be quite honest, I don’t know if I would have ever read this book if it weren’t for Rainbow Rowell being the author. This is a story about a woman named Georgie whose marriage is in trouble, and when her husband leaves for Christmas with the kids, Georgie is unsure if they’ll come back. However, she discovers a “magic” phone in her old bedroom that lets her talk to her husband from the past, before they were married. This could be her last shot at saving her marriage. This story alone wouldn’t have normally interested me, as I’m not into marriage saving stories. And believe me, I think there are tons of them out there. But considering the fact that I loved Rainbow Rowell’s other two books, Fangirl and Eleanor & Park, I decided to give this one a shot.
I’m going to put this out there, don’t go into this book expecting a story like Eleanor & Park. Its not a story where you watch two characters fall in love for the first time, but rather two characters remembering why they fell in love in the first place.
I read this story as a contemporary, minus the fact of the magic phone. Its not like theres a grand explanation needed for the magic phone in order for the story to work. It just works, and thats what makes Rowell’s writing fantastic. Georgie thinks she’s going out of her mind, and I feel like that would be a normal emotion to go through. Theres some real honesty in this book, when you’ve gone through the monotony of things, and you start to take things for granted because you just dive in and give yourself to your job. Things can start to slip away really fast, and I’m sure there are a lot of people who can relate to this, no matter your age. This book is definitely for adults, but its not like there are adult themes to be avoided, like sexual themes or anything. I just believe that this book would be more relatable if you’re in your mid twenties, thirties, forties, you get the idea.
This wasn’t my favorite Rainbow Rowell book, that title belongs to Fangirl. But it was nice to kind of read something outside of the YA genre for once. I think this book is for those who like to read about the real complexities of everyday lives and how things can slip out of your hands real quickly.