I first read Landline when it was released in 2014. That was pretty much the year I fell in love with Rainbow Rowell (technically, I read Eleanor and Park at the end of the prior year). So Landline was the first new release of hers since I knew about her.
Synopsis from Goodreads
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has 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 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?
My Thoughts (spoiler filled)
I enjoyed this book, but didn’t love it the first time I read it. For the re-read I listened to it and I loved it. I really like Georgie, as frustrating as she can be (BUY A NEW PHONE, GIRL). She’s doing so well in her career I get that she wants to push forward with it. And haven’t we all fallen into a routine where we get busy and focused on something, like work, take other relationships for granted? I know I have. I just found her relatable, frustrating at times, but relatable.
This time around I kept thinking what if present day Jen could have conversations with friends or loved ones who were in the past? The perspective present day Jen has could really help out past Jen. It’s amazing the things we think are important or don’t take time that when we get older we realize just don’t matter.
It was funnier to me this time around how Georgie just didn’t have any clothes. That’s how out of it she was. She couldn’t even stop by her house or a store to get some clothes. And the phone! If I was in her situation first thing I would have done was get a new phone so Neal could easily contact me… but that wouldn’t be much of a story. I also really loved that we don’t understand how the phone works. That magical element just made it more of a fairytale.
One of my 2016 reading goals is to re-read all of Rainbow Rowell’s books since I love them so much. This was a great start!
Rating – I gave it 5 stars this read. I think I gave it 4 the first time around
Buy or Borrow – Buy! (Though I would say that with any Rainbow Rowell book)
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