Thursday, January 1, 2015


Book 88 of my 2014 Reading Challenge

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Summary (via 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 Opinion
I can see why everyone's talking about Rainbow Rowell. After reading Eleanor and Park and now Landline, I will definitely continue to seek out her books.

She is so good at writing dialogue, which drew me into the story. Even though the premise was a little weird, I was invested and wanted to know how it would end.

I liked, not loved, it because it seemed to take awhile to get to the plot, but overall I thought it was a strong, highly readable book.

A Few Quotes from the Book
"Her mom had turned Georgie's childhood bedroom into the pug trophy room as soon as she graduated from high school - which was irritating because Georgie didn't actually move out of the house until she graduated from college."

"You don't know when you're twenty-three.
 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.
 She didn't know at twenty-three."

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