I will read anything and everything Rainbow Rowell writes. I will gladly devour her grocery lists. I have a serious crush. Attachments was the first of her books that I read earlier this year. While I own her YA books, Fangirl and Eleanor & Park, I haven’t quite got around to reading them yet (and that’s only because I want to savor her novels so I don’t have to wait AGES for her next one). She is an author that I will wait for in hungry anticipation of her next book.
Landline is a little bit magical. (It definitely requires some suspension of disbelief) A little bit Back to the Future. And pretty much perfect.
Rating: 5 Stars
Published: July 2014
Genre: Adult Fiction
“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.”
Landline is the story of Georgie McCool, comedy television writer. (Awesome name and coolest job ever). She’s madly in love with her husband Neal, but is sure that he would be fine without her. She adores her cute kids but knows that Neal is the one they need. When Georgie’s writing partner, Seth, tells her they need to write episodes of a new show, their show, over Christmas, Georgie has to stay in LA instead of going to Omaha with her family. While Neal is away, she begins to doubt their relationship because of the way they said goodbye. Her mom thinks he left her and Georgie is just confused but loves Neal too much to think that it could be true. But when Neal doesn’t pick up his phone for any of her calls, she starts to worry. Instead of spending lonely night at her house without her husband and kids, she starts staying over her mom’s house and spending some time getting to know he much younger sister and ultimately, herself.
Things get a little strange when Georgie decides to call his family’s landline from her old yellow house phone (in her room at her mom’s house) because she has a perpetually dead iPhone. Instead of talking to her Neal who she’s spent the last 17 years with, she ends up talking to 22-year-old Neal. The same Neal that she thought broke up with her all those Christmases ago. The same Christmas when he ended up driving straight from Omaha to CA and proposing to Georgie out of the blue. Find out what happens when Georgie realizes she may have the power to fix her and Neal’s relationship with an old phone and a reflection on her memories.
Told in only the way that Rainbow Rowell can write, Landline is an adorable reflection on relationships. Though clearly an adult book, it reads as easy as YA. Rowell has an unique voice that stands out among the rest. It was refreshing reading about a rocky marriage but with a protagonist who was clearly still so in love with her husband. She gushed about him. GUSHED. The characters were achingly real and relatable. It was easy to imagine being in the family with Georgie, despite the magic telephone. I was going slightly crazy right alongside Georgie when she wonders if what she’s going through is real. My heart was breaking in frustration from being away from her two daughters, especially during the holidays. I was sad that Neal wasn’t answering her calls and annoyed that no one else knew what Georgie was going through. This book made me FEEL.
This was a ultimately a really fun book to read and will forever enjoy a place among my favorites. It made me fall in love with love, again, especially the flawed kind.
Also… I’m just going to leave this here. Because I have nowhere else to freak out about this…