Monday, September 15, 2014

Review | Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Review | Landline by Rainbow Rowell" class="ubb-image alignleft">Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martins Press on July 8, 2014
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance

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?

My thoughts. . . 

I don’t even know where to begin with this review. I’ve been a big fan of Rainbow Rowell ever since I read Eleanor & Park and again when I read Fangirl, so I knew that I would love this one…Landline. The problem is….I underestimated just how much I would love it.

Rainbow Rowell’s ability to capture love, in all stages of life, is nothing but perfect. She so aptly captures it in all of its messiness and all of its beauty. Landline isn’t your average “love story.” It’s more about remembering why/how you fell in love in the first place and then falling in love all over again with that person. She’s brings all of the raw emotions to the top & digs deep. Of course, an element of humor is added into the mix which takes the edginess away and provides a nice flow for the reader.

Landline truly is a book I think anyone in a serious relationship or married should read. It really opened my eyes and I was able to see just how easy it is to be disconnected and to take people for granted. Even though I am still “early” in my marriage at only being married for three years, this book really allowed for me to take a step back and see just how important it is to keep that spark alive and not let it become just another “thing” on the to do list.

 Landline has such raw honesty between its pages. The dialogue is fantastic. The humor is anything but corny. And the special element in the story is magical in its own unique way. Each character brings so much to the pages. Even the pugs. (Read and you’ll understand.)

I cannot express just how much I loved this book. Even days after finishing it, writing this review was a struggle for me because I still am reeling after finishing it. It is one of those books that has left me in awe and will always have a special place in my heart. Whatever Rainbow has up her sleeve next, is sure to be added right along side Landline on my bookcase. 

Five out of five stars.

Happy reading.


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