Release Date: July 8, 2014
Read by: Rebecca Lowman
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Bought
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?
Rainbow Rowell could make the phone book funny and compelling. Seriously, I’ve adored every one of her books. She swept me off my feet with Attachments. It was a warm fuzzy, slow burn story. Landline isn’t so happy but it was just as compelling.
Landline throws you into the middle of an unhappy marriage. Just like in real life there’s many, many things that lead Georgie and Neal to this point in their lives. Relationships are complicated and Rainbow Rowell captures that flawlessly. I think anyone who’s been in a relationship can relate to Georgie and Neal. I really liked that Georgie wasn’t some innocent heartbroken wife. She wasn’t a completely likeable character in the beginning, but it was easy to warm up to her once you started to understand what got them to this point.
The magic phone aspect could’ve been strange in another authors hands, but I think it was done wonderfully. I really enjoyed the conversations. The flashbacks added a warm fuzzy feeling of first love. I loved seeing how Georgie and Neal fell for each other. Those scenes are what made me like them and root for them.
Landline was a really entertaining read. I listened to it on audio and the performance by Rebecca Lowman was superb. I certainly recommend this for any fans of Rainbow Rowell’s YA books.