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Review: Landline

Rainbow Rowell - Landline

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?

I’ve been putting off writing this book review for a while. Mainly because I have no idea what to say about it. I liked it a lot, and you should all read it, but finding the reasons for why? That’s a lot harder. Oh well, I’ll try.

Reasons to read Landline

  1. It has great characters, like Georgie McCool. Honestly, there’s such a variety of characters in this book and they’re all very interesting. I did connect more with Georgie’s sister (probably because she’s about my age) but I still loved Georgie. I’m not quite sure why I like Georgie so much but I did. See? I don’t know what my thoughts are!
  2. It’s basically a time travel book. Sure, nobody actually travels through time, but it’s essentially time travel. A magical phone that speaks to a guy from the past definitely counts as time travel in my mind.
  3. Flashbacks! They’re all really cute and adorable and I loved seeing how Georgie and Neal got together in the first place.
  4. Cath and Levi. Yes, that couple from Fangirl. They do turn up for a bit in this book and are really cute, so keep any eye out.

I’ll admit, this book wasn’t perfect (what book is?) and I do wish that there was more of present-Neal, because I wanted to get to know him as well. However, I did like the ending a lot and I definitely recommend the book to all fans of Rainbow Rowell.

4 thoughts on “Review: Landline”

    1. Yeah, they were the couple at the end. 🙂 I didn’t realise it at first, but it clicked towards the end.

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