Book Review: Landline

Book Review: LandlineLandline by Rainbow Rowell
Published by St. Martin's Press on July 8th 2014
Pages: 308

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside 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 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?


Landline is another beautiful addition to all of Rainbow’s books. I’m slowly reading them and loving each one for many reasons. First, they make me feel all the feels. Second, they make me cry, every time. Third, they are just beautiful and I love them. Landline centers around Georgie McCool, who knows her marriage is slipping away but is too focused on her career to seem to want to change. She has the chance of a lifetime to get her own show finally aired, and she decides to send her family off to Christmas with her in-laws without her. Even though she is supposed to be working, her life is unraveling before her as she realizes what a mess she has made and how her husband Neal won’t even answer his cell phone.

It gets even worse, not willing to go home, but stays at her mother’s house in her old bedroom. It’s there where she ends up finding she can call her husband Neal on her landline phone in her bedroom… only it’s not her Neal, it’s the Neal from when they were dating right before he proposed to her. Now she has a chance to change things, she thinks, for better or for worse.

I definitely enjoyed this book, although it definitely put into mind the different arguments my husband and I have had and the aftermath of such fights. I really loved Neal and Georgie although they are so different. I loved the way the book went from past to present, revealing early relationship to marriage and current day. So much changes in relationships and I think Rainbow does it justice, really making me feel like I should look at my own marriage in a different light. I love the characters, the plot pace and the little bit of magic that makes the whole book come together.


Another beautiful story by Rainbow Rowell, that really touched my heart and made me reflect on my own life.

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One response to “Book Review: Landline

  1. Love that you were able to relate this to you and your own hubby’s lives and experiences together! I love books that make you reflect on your relationships in your own life. I have only read one of Rainbow Rowell’s books and it was Fangirl (which I loved) so I can’t wait to try another one soon.
    Great review Kristen!

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