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Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell


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?

Title: Landline
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: BEA
Format: ARC
Series: No 
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Landline is a story of love and decisions. Just because you made a decision to be with someone years ago, does that mean you'd choose them again? The story was interesting from the start, when I first heard of it. The idea of a "time-travelling" phone caught my attention immediately. Then from the first word Rainbow's writing had me hooked.

Georgie has just gotten word that there is a producer interested in putting her TV show on the air, but the only problem is he wants the first few scripts written before the new year. With Christmas just around the corner Georgie makes the decision to stay at home for Christmas while her husband and two daughters visit her mother-in-law. She thinks it won't be such a huge deal, but as calls to her husband continually go unanswered she wonders if she has made a huge mistake. 

Then, after deciding to sleep at her mothers house, unable to face the emptiness of her own home, she calls her husband from an her old landline phone in her room. What she soon realizes is that she is calling her husband, just not in the current time. Instead she is speaking to her husband before they got married, shortly after a huge fight they had when they were still inly dating. Georgie soon realizes this and doesn't know what to make of it. She remembers that this was the week she had thought they were broken up, only to have Neal turn up at her house on Christmas morning. Is the whole point of these calls to make sure he doesn't turn up and propose? She knows he isn't happy in their current life, is she supposed to make sure it never happens? Or make sure it does?

I loved this story from start to finish! Anybody who has read a Rainbow Rowell novel in the past will know just how incredible a storyteller she is. She writes the most life-life characters I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Each character is completely fleshed out and real. You will understand their struggles completely and be rooting alongside them for the most everyday tasks. 

At the start I wasn't a fan of Neal's at all. I was hoping Georgie would choose her best friend instead. Neal wasn't someone I could get behind. But over the course of the story I found myself completely understanding why Georgie had ended up with Neal. I fell in love with him in the flashbacks right alongside Georgie. 

I would pretty much recommend this book to anyone, whether you're a fan of adult or YA, the storytelling and writing is too good to miss! 


Have you had the pleasure of reading Landline yet? Are you dying to get your hands on it? Let me know in the comments below! 


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