[waiting for my phone call] review: landline by rainbow rowell

10 July 2014

title: landline
author: rainbow rowell
publisher: orion
publication date: July 31st 2014
pages: 320
source // format: for review, ARC
find: amazon || goodreads || the book depository
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.
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
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: 
huge thanks to gaby from orion for sending me a proof copy for review purposes. 


  1. I'll definitely read this! Rainbow Rowell is <3 :) Thanks for the review!

  2. I LOVE Rainbow Rowell. Looking forward to read it!! Thanks for the review! :)

  3. I got my copy today and will almost certainly start it on the train to London tomorrow, before I get it signed! :)

  4. EEEEP YAY! I still have to get my hands on this, but I'm SUPER excited! :D


  5. YOUR REVIEWS ALWAYS MAKE ME SO HUNGRY. "Like a cupcake with beautiful icing, and a soft and sweet inside" – your can't just taunt me like this!

    This book does sound wonderful though. I kinda LOVED Attachments (and E&P, still haven't read Fangirl) and I'm looking for a book to make me smile, laugh, and tear up. :)

    Thanksss for this review! ;D

    1. I'm sorry! But..GO BAKE THEN. [and send me some].
      WHAT READ FANGIRL AND AAHHH yes, all her books are perfect. :D

  6. Wow what an amazing review. I haven't read any Rainbow Rowell books yet, but I always felt like if I were to I should probably start with Fangirl since that's the one everyone always raves about. But, I don't have a copy of that and I DO have a copy of Eleanor and Park and Landline. So I think I'll go ahead and start with Landline to see how it goes! Hopefully I love it as much as you do :)

    1. Awwh thank you! and. wait. WHAAAAT. I am crying for you! To be honest ELEANOR AND PARK IS THE BEST. So yes! Start with that. Then read Landline then Fangirl then Attachments. ;)
      I HOPE YOU DO TOO and please tell me what you think!! :D
      Thank you. :)

  7. I really want to read a book by Rainbow Rowell.All her books sound amazing,and all those GR reviews promise that she is a great author.I can't wait to get my hands on a book by her.

    Mishma @ As the page turns

    1. Ahh you must! Eleanor and Park and Landline and Fangirl especially!! :D


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