Published: July 8th, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Page Count: 310 pages
Synopsis: 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?
Review: Alright, it’s been awhile since I’ve written one of these things. So I might be a bit rusty. Whatever.
This is the third Rainbow Rowell book I’ve read (the other two being Eleanor & Park and Fangirl), and I think it might also be the one I liked the least (not 100% sure, maybe I liked it more than Fangirl, anyways, irrelevant).
Landline had some good things going for it, but also a couple of things that practically made my eye twitch. Something I definitely liked, was how well fleshed out Georgie’s character was. She had layers to her, she felt real.
But herein lies one of Landline’s issues. The other characters.
The other characters were all varying levels of flat. I say ‘varying levels’ because some of them felt like Rowell started to sort of flesh them out, but never really did. The characters who come to mind here are Heather (the sister), Neal (the husband, which we’ll get into because he’s one of the important parts of the story (I mean, it’s about a marriage being in trouble, of course, the husband is important), and Seth (the best friend).
Oh, also the mom and the stepdad. Basically, everyone besides Georgie felt rather flat.
So I’m just gonna jump to Neal. Oh, Neal. I really, really, really struggled with this guy. His vibe was mildly annoying throughout the book. Neal’s character was always unhappy, and he pretty much hated everything about the situation he was in (except for Georgie and their kids). But he never did anything to really get himself out of it or to better his situation. Basically, he just sat and complained and was sullen through and through.
At no point of the book does he actually change, at his core he remained a sullen prick. He loves Georgie, no doubt about that, I mean it’s even in the synopsis, but his near-constant brooding definitely made me want to slap him once or twice (or fifty times) during my reading of Landline.
Even though Neal’s character wasn’t my favorite, the moments between him and Georgie were nice to read. There are definitely some cutesy scenes in this book that made me feel all fuzzy inside.
The ending was predictable but still sweet. All in all, Landline was a pretty okay read.
3.5 out of 5
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