Wednesday, 17 September 2014

"Landline" by Rainbow Rowell | Review

SOURCE: Bought
TYPE: Hardback

TITLE: Landline
AUTHOR: Rainbow Rowell
PAGES: 308


Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. It's been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and he still loves her - but that almost seems besides the point now. 

Two days before they're supposed to visit Neal's family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells him 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 - but she doesn't expect 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 the 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 bought this book because I've seen how raved about Rainbow Rowell is. Megan Olivier did a review of the book HERE which I watched and was really intrigued by. I decided I wanted to give it a try, and with £2 off in Waterstones, it seemed more worth it!

The first chapter is about Tuesday 17th December 2013 and is the moment that Georgie reveals to her husband that she cannot go away with him and their two girls. It's actually really weird to read, because I initially questioned her decision to choose work over family, and then I questioned Neal's decision to choose to go away regardless of what she was doing, particularly as this is such a crucial and important moment in her career. 

The relationship between Georgie and Neal is particularly weird throughout the novel. They don't appear to get on particularly well most of the time, but she gets on really well with Neal in the past. It's very interesting to read the book and see how Neal was when he was younger in comparison to how he's presented in the present day. 
I didn't much like Seth in the novel, Georgie's best friend. He's pretty obnoxious throughout the whole thing and seems to be constantly getting in the way and trying to involve himself in Georgie's life with Neal. 

The key setting in this novel is Georgie's mother's house. It's the place Georgie finds herself most often throughout the book, and it allows for quite a lot of reminiscing and flashbacks to the past when her and Neal were happier. 


I gave this book a 5 star rating. It's definitely a great little read and one that I was actually excited to pick up! Rainbow Rowell is a wonderful author who tells a very honest and (at points) heart breaking story about a woman who is, in essence, completely lost. It may well be relatable in some ways to some people, and it really does make you consider how your own life fits in with the key message of the story. I loved it!

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