In Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Posted June 17, 2014 by Kim in 5 Stars, In Review / 5 Comments

In Review

Rainbow Rowell

Expected publication date: July 8, 2014
St. Martins Press, Print ARC, 308 pages
Genre: Adult, Contemporary

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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?


FINAL_5 stars

Landline is the type of book I wouldn’t generally pick up. Books about married people with children (and drama) aren’t really my thing. I find it difficult to relate to what the characters are going through and that keeps me from fully connecting with them. Despite all this, Landline landed a (very) high spot on my must read list – so much so that I waited in line for over an hour and a half at BEA to get an ARC. “Why?” you might ask. This book has two things going for it those other books don’t: 1) it’s written by Rainbow Rowell and 2) magic. phone.

What I loved most about this book was that it was so unique and entirely Rainbow. I can’t imagine one other author who could pull off the story she did in Landline in the way she did it. I don’t think anyone else could. The concept was brilliant and executed flawlessly. I was completely enraptured in all the moments of Georgie’s life – past and present. It’s easy to become complacent in any relationship and not give it the time and energy necessary for it to flourish. Georgie has learned this the hard way. As she evaluated her relationship with Neal and what she ultimately wanted out of life, I fell in love with both characters. I rooted for them and smiled through sweet moments and shed (more than) a few tears in the tougher times. They weren’t perfect, but they were so very right together.

Landline had all the amazing things I’ve come to expect from Rainbow’s Books. The characters were amazing and complicated, the dialogue incredible. There was a ton of humor and heart and a whole damn boatload of feels and emotions. And did I mention a magic phone? It’s something that could be really cheesy if handled in the wrong way, but instead comes off absolutely brilliantly.

Rainbow’s writing is always so beautiful and poignant and Landline is no exception. My reviews of her books are usually riddled with quotes, but I had a tougher time with this one because I read it in paperback and I refused to defile it with highlights. But trust me when I say there are a lot of beautiful words in this book.

I was a giant ball of emotions while reading this book. As with Rainbow’s other books, there were moments that had me laughing and others that made me just about cry my face off. Though she’s handling the tough reality of a relationship that is in trouble, she does it in a way that was never too angsty or painful. There were a ton of really special moments that made me feel SO MUCH but I can’t tell you because I don’t want to ruin anything for you.

This is a book I’ll reread over and over again. There’s not one single thing I would have changed about it and I can’t recommend it highly enough. So many giant fuzzy pink hearts (and yellow phones) for this one. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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5 responses to “In Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

  1. Yay – I love your review! I can’t even tell you how excited I am to read this one and your review just makes me even more excited. Bring on the feels!!

  2. This book has been on my wishlist since I heard about it but it sounds like I need to move it WAY up the list. I tend to avoid books about troubled marriages with children because I identify TOO much. I see how how easy it is to make slight missteps or no steps at all and end up just where the fictional couple is. This sounds like it was handled really really well. Can’t wait to read it! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Great review!!! I LOVE RR, and I had no doubts that this book would be a 5 star, but it’s nice to see it confirmed through your lovely review! I can’t wait for this one!!!

  4. Ahhh! I’m so jealous you’ve already read this! I loved your review. I don’t ever have quotes cause I’m usually too busy reading to do anything else. I can’t wait to see how Rainbow handle magic in her books.