Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Title: Landline
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Length: 308 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Classification: Adult, Contemporary, Chick-Lit
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Source: ARC (Won from GoodReads First-Reads. Thank you St. Martin's Press and GoodReads!)
Read: May 2014
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?

***I received an ARC of this book from a giveaway that was part of GoodReads First-Reads. This does not change the way I view this book.***

This was my first Rainbow Rowell book, and I just love her writing. I can’t believe I haven’t read any of her other books before this. I love it so much, I am anxious to read more of her books. (And for her to publish more!)

I really enjoyed reading Landline. In fact I read it in one day. I could not put it down. The story and characters really appealed to me and I was hooked.

The Story:

I really feel that I was able to empathize with both Georgie and Neal's issues. 
I really connected with the story. I am not exactly Georgie. But I definitely could see (and feel) her point of view. And I was really able to connect with Neal and how he was feeling in the book. And I just LOVE books that make me feel an emotional connection with. One that makes me think about my life in relation to the story. I felt that this story (for the most part) was very realistic.
Maybe not “talking” to someone in the past, but I definitely think that the book relates well to real life.
And there were several parts of the story that made me stop and think about my own life.
Even though I know that using a phone to talk with someone in the past isn't real, I really liked those parts of the story too. They were interesting and I loved when it would happen.
I really loved the flashbacks, when Georgie was remembering what happened in the past. I loved seeing their relationship develop and unfold. I think it was my favorite part of the story.
I love the references that Rowell has throughout the story. They make me laugh and smile.
There were also parts that brought tears to my eyes.

The Characters:

I think that the characters were very well developed. Each character was likable but also had their flaws, which made them feel real. I liked that I was able to emotionally connect to both Georgie and Neal and care about what would happen to them and their marriage.
I liked and enjoyed the other relationships in the story. Including Georgie's friendship with Seth (the guy that is not only a friend, but they work together) and her developing relationship with her sister. I really enjoyed the parts with her family. They were interesting characters as well.

My Recommendation:

I love the story. I love the characters. So I highly recommend this one. Especially if you like other Rainbow Rowell books. I found it to be intriguing, funny, serious, and entertaining. 

My Rating:


  1. I highly, highly recommend Fangirl! It's my favorite Rainbow Rowell book. Her writing is just so fantastic and easy to sink into, and then of course connecting with her characters is a breeze. I dare you not to fall in love with Levi. :)

    I haven't picked up Landline yet simply because it's not the type of book I like to read, but I probably will since it's RR. :P

    Great review!

    1. I definitely want to read Fangirl soon. I have now moved to the top of my "Want to Buy" list. My small local library doesn't have any of her books.
      I totally agree, I love her writing.
      I hope you do enjoy it! At least if you don't connect well with the story, you will get to enjoy her wonderful writing style. But I do hope you like the story as well!
      Thank you! And thank you for stopping by and commenting on my review!

  2. I am so happy that you liked this one. I just read another review for Landline that was lukewarm and I had higher hopes for this book. Thanks for the great review.
    -Flirting with Fiction

    1. Thank you so much! I am glad that I liked it too. I haven't read many other reviews for this one yet, but the few that I have skimmed on GoodReads didn't like it as much as her other books. But this was my first Rainbow Rowell. And I really enjoyed it.
      I hope that you enjoy it when you read it! :D


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