Year 9, Book 75

75. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

I have loved all of Rainbow Rowell’s other books, so I was really looking forward to reading Landline. I enjoyed it, but not as much as her two young adult novels, Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. I do think I liked it better than her first adult novel, Attachments though. She has a way of writing about situations and feelings that describe things so perfectly about how they really are in real life or at least my life that it almost hurts. This book was no exception to that.

Georgie and Neal have been married for a number of years and have two small children. She’s a writer on a successful sitcom while he is a stay at home dad. Tensions have been mounting between them as Georgie has been spending a lot of time at work and eventually come to a head when she tells Neal she can’t accompany him to Omaha to spend Christmas with his family because she has to stay at home and work. When Neal goes without her she can’t seem to connect to him in the present, but through some mysterious magic winds up able to talk to a past version of him through an old landline. Will she discover they were never meant to be together in the first place and will she ever find her way back to her current husband in time to save their marriage before it’s too late?

As with all Rainbow Rowell novels I found the characters to be well written and likeable despite their flaws. They seemed human is what I’m saying. I really liked the idea of a sort of romance novel centering around a married couple trying to find their way back to the love they feel for each other through the chaos of living in the mundane, everyday life. As such I kind of wish there hadn’t been this magical element with her only being able to talk to past Neal. I would have liked to see how it played out between them in reality. Despite the author not writing the book exactly as I wished it would have been (the nerve!), it’s actually a really great book and I would recommend it along with any of her other ones. I give it a 7 out of 10.


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