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 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 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?
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Number of Pages: 310
*This is an adult title
Reviewed by Ellie, age 17
Oh my. Oh my oh my oh my. This book has got to be the most beautifully romantic (but not cheesy or disturbing) book I’ve read in a while-possibly ever. Landline by Rainbow Rowell is exceptional, possibly without flaws. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it was that good.
The plot for this little novel is, on the surface, deceptively simple. Georgie is your typical working woman on the cusp of fame and fortune, her TV pilot about to be picked up by a major corporation. The only snag is that she has to work through (and on) Christmas while her husband Neal and children fly out to Omaha to celebrate with Neal’s family. Georgie chooses to stay back in California to finish the pilot, causing the rift that has been growing between her and Neal to widen to dangerous proportions. As Georgie becomes more and more aware of the problems in her marriage and life, she takes solace in her childhood bedroom-and the yellow landline telephone that magically is able to call back into the past, letting her talk to Neal as she knew him when they first started dating.
Oh, reader. This book is beautiful. Equal parts heartbreaking, funny, romantic, and terrifying, Landline explores the dynamics of romantic relationships and how they fail, succeed, and thrive. If you love romance that doesn’t involve dystopian universes or vampires, pick up this book right now. If you aren’t into all that lovey-dovey action, fear not: Landline dips its toes into family relationships, friendship, work, and magic. There is literally something here for each and every reader.
My favorite parts of this book are too numerous to count, so here are just a few: Georgie is a utterly fascinating and captivating character, flawed and beautiful and talented and completely clueless. I found myself deeply invested in her life: what would she do? How would she end up? The secondary characters-Neal, Georgie’s children, Seth the best friend/co-worker of Georgie-are just as intriguing and fun to read about.
Another part of the book that I loved was the setup of the novel: the story is told from Georgie’s point of view, shifting from past to present seamlessly. I never found myself distracted by a skip in the storytelling or inconsistencies.
Of course, I should discuss what I disliked about the book…but have nothing to say. Carry on.
So, if this review hasn’t convinced you to pick up a copy of Landline, hopefully this will: go read Landline. It will make you cry in the best way possible.
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Ellie, age 17