eARC Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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've only read Fangirl and Landline, but I can see why Rainbow Rowell and her books are so popular. The books are very realistic with real people. Everything is very... real.
Characters are complex, interesting, layered, flawed, still likeable. They can make you sigh in frustration, but you still root for them. (Hello, Levi. :))

Georgie is a talented woman who loves her family and who is passionate about her work, but she is not so good with facing problems. So she just doesn't face them and hopes they'll disappear. But they only get bigger and bigger. Her husband, Neal, is a caring, kind, and loving person, but he doesn't love LA that much and is overall quite unhappy. And like Georgie he doesn't face their problems. Their biggest problem is communication, or the lack of it, and this book explores that rather brilliantly.

The story was sad, sweet, frustrating, at times incredibly funny, but it never felt cheesy or shallow. It was a quick read, very entertaining. The ending was great, their problems weren't solved, but the right steps were taken in the right direction, which (again) gave it the feel of realness.

And three more things. I really enjoyed the fact that Neal was the at home parent while Georgie was the breadwinner! And the scene with puppies was perfect, just perfect. And I cried a lot.


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