author: rainbow rowell
publication date: July 31st 2014
source // format: for review, ARC
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summary: 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 besides the point now.like a cupcake with beautiful icing, and a soft and sweet inside; i can't say enough good things about landline to successfully sum up my feelings. rainbow rowell captured my expectations and flew them to the moon and back with her unique dialogue, exquisite characters and her plot that swept me away from the first page. this book was poignant, powerful and perfect, a blend of pathos and humor that i devoured in one sitting. literally. when it dropped into my porch i pressed pause on my life, sat down and read it without once looking up. landline was different to rainbow rowell's other novels in the best possible way. it's probably my favourite out of all her books even though as you can see in my fangirl review, i loved that one to death. this book could have been corny, the whole book could have been terrible because of its huge scope for the dialogue to be corny, the plot to be corny. however. it wasn't. rainbow rowell takes love to another level in landline. she explores the many shades of love with a depth and freshness that makes it a delight to read. it is a hard task to tear yourself away from this book because of its utter awesomeness. this book made me stare at the wall long after it had finished, trying to absorb the sheer magnificence of it. and this book re-instated my adoration for rainbow rowell's writing capabilities. she weaves words into a seamless cloth of realistic, funny, raw moments that are able to touch the heart of her readers in such a way that they feel as if they are the characters. as if they are set withing the pages of the book and not on the outside looking in. landline will make you smile, laugh, and tear up at times. it is the perfect book to accompany you anywhere and everywhere and will stay one of my favourite books forever and always. if landline was a person, i'd hug it to death. rating: ★★★★★
maybe that was always besides 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 ageles. 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. tt’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?. -goodreads
huge thanks to gaby from orion for sending me a proof copy for review purposes.