Landline by Rainbow Rowell

The Details

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Published: July 8th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
My Rating: 4 Stars

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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?

My Review

I don’t read a lot of “adult” books, by that I mean, non-YA fiction. But I loved the two Rainbow Rowell books I’ve read and this one had an interesting premise, so I tried it on for size, and it fit.

There’s a joke that all adult contemporary books about straight couples are about getting a divorce and this one starts to go that way, which I found quite funny because I have a weird sense of humor.

I genuinely enjoyed this book, I loved the different plots, Georgie and Seth trying to write their show, Heather and pizza delivery person, the past, the phone calls. I loved how they all connected like real-life connects. Everything we do has some consequence in the future. Who we were fifteen years ago is a person we need to remember, because they’re a big part of the person we are now. We may not be the same person with the same beliefs, because humans grow and evolve as we get older, but it’s important to remember ourselves at 15 and 21 and 27. They had goals and dreams too, sometimes it’s great to remember them.

I loved the whole idea of having a landline to the perfect moment, the exact moment you need to fix right now. I like the idea of being able to reach back and remember why exactly you fell in love with someone because sometimes you forget because life gets in the way.

I thought this was a beautiful story. The writing was fantastic, as we’ve come to expect from Rowell. This book was funny in parts and serious when it needed to be. For me, it wasn’t a tear-jerking experience, but I can see how someone reading this book could get there.

Landline is a great novel, and I highly recommend it.

Until next time Internet,


One thought on “Landline by Rainbow Rowell

  1. I loved this book too! I guess I don’t read that much adult contemporary, because I found the divorce-y plotline refreshing. So many books are about falling in love, and there just aren’t that many about how much work it is to stay in love.


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