Landline - Rainbow Rowell
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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 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 - he is always a little upset with her - 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?
For so long I have been wanting to read a Rainbow Rowell book. I was constantly told I would find a sharp quick wit and a way with words that romance becomes something else. So, I started with Landline.
I have to admit I am a bit disappointed. I was so excited about this book. The blurb was great, the concept to the story was interesting, and the cover quirky, what's not to love right? I found it to be flat. That's all I can say flat. The characters didn't bring enough to the table for me to be able to form any type of connection. The overall use of the Landline telephone had me wondering how, why, what, when? You know that sort of thing. I expected a bit more with it and I know that's my own fault for having so high expectations though. I don't know I just don't like feeling left after reading a book. Like I've missed something you know?
To give credit where credit is due though, I did enjoy it and it had some beautiful lines in it. The depth into the romance of Georgie and Neal saved the book for me. I know that sounds strange because basically that is the whole point of the book, but what I mean is how we got to see the buildup of the relationship from the start. Without me being able to connect with the characters, well that is really pretty hard. But Rainbow Rowell does have a way with words that bring you deep into the core of love. For that reason alone, I have to say it's a good read. There is a little paragraph in it about love that really did convey how I think about love.
Wasn't that the point of life? To find someone to share it with? And if you got that part right, how far wrong could you go? If you were standing next to the person you loved more than everything else, wasn't everything else just scenery?
How true is that?
So, overall I think Landline is a book totally worth a read.