Landline by Rainbow Rowell (Book Review)

landline“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 have to give a huge shout out to Cristina @My Tiny Obsessions, because without her I probably wouldn’t have gotten around to reading the book for another year or so. THANK YOU FOR SENDING IT TO ME!!!

I’ve found that it’s impossible for Rainbow Rowell do disappoint me. I seriously don’t think it even matters what she writes about, because all her characters are just insanely relatable and fun to get to know. They are flawed, but even more importantly, they are real. Georgie McCool is a writer for TV and even though I am not, I have worked with a couple of them and that made me instantly connect to her. I know how stressful her job can be and how insane you can get when you are getting close to a deadline. I loved her relationship with Neal and equally so with Seth.
They are such different characters, they were bound to clash somehow, especially because they each love her in their own way. And so does she! Reading her story, I really could see her feelings develop and why she wasn’t willing to let go of either of them. So, while I do understand Georgie and her very separate relationships with both of the men in her life, I definitely think she could have handled the situation differently. She built up this wall between her work life and her life at home, making up rules about what each of the men could to talk to her about. But that’s not how life works! Life is messy and the lines get blurred – Georgie should have known better. That’s all water under the bridge now though, especially since I don’t want to spoil you.

In the end I should probably mention that it didn’t hit me as much emotionally as some of the Rowell‘s other books. I don’t know if it was because of the topics that were dealt with or because of all the things left unresolved. I know that Rainbow Rowell does that a lot and I’ve learnt to deal with it, but there are just so many questions unanswered. Either way, that phone was a real Christmas miracle and stories like that are always great!

Now, don’t read on if you haven’t read the book! SPOILER-WARNING!

I just wanted to add that I like how subtly Rainbow Rowell spun in that Heather was gay. I didn’t expect it at all, but I loved that it was no big deal whatsoever, because that’s exactly the way it should be!

Fazit: 3.8/5 stars! Perfect romance for the Christmas time that will make you value your time with the family!

Have you read the book? What’s your take on it?

21 thoughts on “Landline by Rainbow Rowell (Book Review)

      • it was 😦 nothing was really resolved. Her problems with Neal still stand, the only thing is that she chose him and her family for once. I think she can still work with Seth, it’s not like she didn’t know his feelings, they just never talked about them 😦 . And I liked Seth, I really did, but I liked Neal more, because I thought that he gave up so much for her and she didn’t value him enough 😦

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      • I know what you mean. I liked Neal better too and I don’t know how he puts up with her sometimes. But don’t underestimate feelings being out in the open. Even if she knew it all along, it changes a lot when those things are spoken out loud. I have to say that I was really mad at Georgie for letting Neal down in the first place though. I mean there are boundaries and Christmas should at least be about the family …

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      • yeah, I agree about the feelings being out in the open 😦 . And YES!!! she shouldn’t have hesitated in going with them =/, but I also get that it was a huge career opportunity. And why didn’t Neal pick up his phone the whole time he was away? I didn’t get that… I knew he was mad, but come on…

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      • I knoooow, I got that it was an important career step, something she always wanted, but you can’t tell me that she couldn’t have argued with the guy to give them another week. I bet he didn’t work over the holidays!
        WHY DIDN’T HE EVER PICK UP`? Or call her back? I just don’t get it!!! She called so often and I bet his mother told him so too.

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      • Yes, his mother, their daughters… I get that he was mad, but something could have happened, and I know he cared!!!! I was mad at him for that, though I understood that it was important, otherwise she wouldn’t have picked up the phone to talk to old Neal.

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      • RIGHT!?!? I would have been madly jealous, especially in hindsight knowing that Neal thought Dawn would definitely say yes again if he asked her to marry him (back when he was young). Maybe Neal’s feelings weren’t there for Dawn anymore, but hers clearly didn’t fade.

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      • He didn’t feel anything for her, the poor guys was crazy about his wife. But still, come on girl! Why wait until Christmas eve? And she only went because she couldn’t get a hold of Old Neal… it’s sad really…

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