Landline

18081809OMG, you guys. RAINBOW ROWELL IS AMAZING.

Blurb from Goodreads:

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 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 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 am a huge fan of Fangirl and Eleanor and Park, but I will admit to being skeptical about this book at first. Magical fucking phone? Really? Can anyone pull that off without making me roll my eyes the whole way through? Yes. Someone can and it is Rainbow Rowell (of course).

Her writing is so elegant and relatable. Deceptively easy. I had to pause to admire all the gorgeous sentences, letting them roll around in my mind before I moved on.

Georgie McCool and I are nothing alike, but we did both get married young. As she says, “You don’t know when you’re 23.” (Or for me, 22).

You don’t know what it really means to crawl into someone else’s life and stay there. You can’t see all the ways you’re going to get tangled, how you’re going to bond skin to skin. How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten – in fifteen. When Georgie thought about divorce now, she imagined lying side by side with Neal on two operating tables while a team of doctors tried to unthread their vascular systems.

And it’s so beautifully true it hurts to think about. My marriage has not had the struggles Georgie and Neal have had, but the sketch she drew of their marriage was so honest that it felt like anyone could make one or two wrong turns and end up in the same place. The story made me even more grateful for my husband and my kiddo (meow!). It made me cry several times. Was it sad? Yes. But I wasn’t crying The-Fault-in-Our-Stars type tears, it was just out of sheer overwhelming emotion. Like if I didn’t find some cathartic release for the swelling in my chest I might bang open like a firework.

So, I have been shying away from book reviews lately because I generally feel I have little to offer the blogosphere in that regard. Many, many people are writing reviews better than I could. However, I couldn’t read this and not evangelize. It’s my new favorite. Read it. Read it. READ IT!!!

Have you read Landline? Rainbow Rowell: great or the greatest?

 

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  1. Karyne says:

    Want to know something creepy? While I was getting ready to comment on this post, I got an email showing me that you commented on my post. So weird! Anyway, I have this book on hold with my e-library! I’ve never ready anything of hers, but I’m not a huge fan of straight up contemporary, so I’m hoping this will be a good way to try out her stuff. Glad to hear you loved it so much!

  2. Rochelle says:

    Wow. I didn’t realize this book was sort of magical. I knew Eleanor & Park took place in the 80s, and just figured this one did as well. I might have to add it to my ever-growing to-be-read list.

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