Author: Rainbow Rowell
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Published: July 3, 2014
Source: Bought own copy
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 Angeles. 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. 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?
Eversince I read Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Attachments, Rainbow Rowell joined the list of my favorite authors. I must say, Fangirl is my favorite among the three, and the most I can relate to. However, after reading Landline, I can't choose a favorite, I choose both. Here's why:
I believe there're Georgies and Neals among us. And that makes the book a little more special. I know friends who are Georgies, and friends who are Neals. I think I may be one of them too. Georgie isT whom I can connect with the quote "you don't know what you have 'til it's gone,the more self-absorbed one. While Neal showed me an example of "selfless love", the one who'd drive from Omaha to California just to be with the person he loves.
The story started with a conflict, and slowly but thankfully gave light to a resolution. I myself was at the edge of my chair reading if the main character while using the landline would arrive to the correct resolution, because I must admit, she had her share of shortcomings. I loved Neal's qualities that I started getting angry with Georgie. In the end though, I'm letting you guess what wins. The important thing is though, she realized what she was losing.
I only usually see magical true love on Disney Princesses stories, that I saw in Landline. There's even a short surprise to those who have read Rainbow's other books. I squealed with glee when I realized who the characters were in that particular scene!
Ratings: 5/5 STARS
P.S. have been saving snippets of lines and quotes that touched my heart. And here're some of them: