Book Review | Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Published: July 8th, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Source: Purchased
From the inside flap: 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: This was my third Rainbow Rowell book and I have to say I was a little disappointed in it. There is so much hype behind her books that I kind of expect amazingness. This just fell short of that. Maybe because the characters in the book were married and older than I was so I couldn’t relate to them. Or maybe I just wasn’t too thrilled with the characters in general. In my opinion, the issues that the pair were having were juvenile. It seemed like a high school relationship with children added to the mix.
What I did enjoy was how the story was told. You’d get snippets of their past mixed in with the present. I also found the concept of the “time travel” landline very interesting and original.
Rowell’s writing though is amazing and easy to read as always. I just wasn’t feeling this one. I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who’s a fan of her writing and hasn’t picked this one up yet.
Rating: 3/5 stars!
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