Review: ‘Landline’ by Rainbow Rowell

I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Landline’ by Rainbow RowellLandline by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 8th 2014
Genres: Adult, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Love & Romance
Pages: 310
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
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?

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Georgie is a writer for a popular tv show. When she has to work over the holiday season, her husband and daughters take residence in his family’s home in Omaha, leaving Georgie home to work with her co-worker and best friend. Through a magical phone that appears to hold the secrets to the past, she discovers which is more important to her, her work or her family.

Landline is an interesting book to say the least. I was gripped by Rainbow’s writing this time around and I wanted to know if Georgie would choose her work or her family. This problem is relevant in our modern day and age where working mothers struggle to do both. I like the fact that she’s the breadwinner in this case. I don’t like the fact that she had to apologize for wanting to pursue her dream and go after it. Who says that you have to devote all your time to one thing over the other? It’s always best to balance both aspects so no one loses. This is what Georgie struggles through. Landline is also a book about marriage. What it takes to stay there, what it takes to want to stay in a relationship etc. I thought it was wonderfully written. I loved seeing Georgie and Neal fall in love. What I didn’t fully understand was the phone. How in the world did it work? Was it just her imagination? I passed it off as her trying to comprehend her situation. And more importantly, that she missed her husband so much that she ended up talking to him through a phone that connected to the past.

Overall, I would recommend this one for its beautiful writing and touching moments, it’s another one to add to your Rowell collection. Also, that cover..I LOVE it.

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I love you more than I hate everything else.
Nobody’s lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It’s something you make happen—because you love each other.
Wasn’t that the point of life? To find someone to share it with?





  1. kstreeter2

    November 17, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    I just finished Landline and I’m so happy to see you enjoyed it too!

  2. Ashley

    November 10, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    I really liked Landline. Everything Rainbow Rowell writes makes me extremely emotional, and this was no exception. Being married, it was easy to be affected by the troubles Georgie and Neal are experiencing. I also liked that they, as in real life, both had a hand in making those problems. Both were unlikeable at times. It was very real.

    I am always nervous going into a new Rowell, since they are all so different. Each time, I’ve been worried for no reason. She always comes through for me.

  3. Jaime Lynn

    October 24, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    I have only read Eleanor and Park so far, but that was enough for me to know that I want to read whatever else this amazing author writes!!

  4. Megan McDade

    October 24, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    I havent read any Rainbow Rowell books before. Landline sounds like am interesting read. I want to try and read more contempoaries in 2015 so I will be adding this to my list.

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