Book Review: Rainbow Rowell’s Landline

June 2, 2014 4 out of 5, Contemporary Romance, review 0 ★★★★

Book Review: Rainbow Rowell’s LandlineTitle: Landline
Author: Rainbow Rowell
My Rating: four-stars
My Copy: ARC courtesy of St. Martin's Press
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Synopsis: Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides 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 to 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?

Rainbow Rowell’s Landline was just a delight to read! I’ve been in a strange reading funk and devoured this book in a few days. While I could have read it in one sitting, I decided to get lost and really enjoy it. This is my second Rowell book and it won’t be my last! I enjoyed Eleanor and Park and I’ve had some trepidation picking up Fangirl, but since reading Landline I know not to fear anything.

We have great character development. Georgie is a hardworking mother of two girls who dreams of having her own successful show. When a lifetime opportunity lands on her lap, she has to make the painful decision of work or her family. I liked really Georgie and believe any female reader will be able to associate with her in some format. I admit, I had difficultly warming up to Georgie’s husband, Neal. It wasn’t towards the final chapters that I sort of liked him, but I still have a few problems with him. In the end, I’m not exactly sure he deserves Georgie. Then there’s Seth, Georgie’s best friend and writing partner. I do believe Seth took Georgie for granted, but he realized and appreciated her talent. All he wanted was for her to be better and because Rowell lets us spend so much time with him, it was so easy to love him and not Neal. The real treat in Landline are Georgie’s girls! Oh, how I adored them! I loved the interactions they had with Georgie.

The narrative is just beautiful. I don’t know how Rowell does it, but if I can have a crush on an author’s writing style, then I have one on her! She has this ability to capture so much emotion in a book. It’s easy to reflect on your own choices and see them via her characters. I really liked how she slowly told the story of how Georgie met Neal and how ultimately Seth really is the third wheel in their relationship.

What I loved about Landline is the premise! While we’re given a few facts, as a reader we aren’t sure what to believe. I had my doubts as to where Rowell was going to take this and what she was going to do because there was only one outcome I could picture. Early on, I wasn’t sure if that’s the outcome I wanted, but as the story progresses, it was easy to imagine a different ending. I won’t go into a lot of details because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone! I’m so afraid I will. It was so much fun to see Landline take place in the 90’s and in the present because we get to see how much technology has changed and how it has impacted our current way of living. In some ways, maybe that’s why I adore Rowell so much is because I was a teen during the years she writes and it’s easy to get lost in nostalgia.

Overall, Rainrow Rowell’s Landline will be one of your favorite summer reads! If you’re looking to try a new author or are in a reading funk, I highly suggest Landline.

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