Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Release Date: 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.” – Georgie
Landline by the lovely Rainbow Rowell is an adult fiction romance that I absolutely adored. Let’s start with a quick synopsis.
Our protagonist, Georgie McCool, just got her big break. A chance to write the TV comedy of her dreams. The only problem is she has to stay home for Christmas to finish the script instead of going to her visit her husband’s family in Omaha. Her husband decides to go anyway, and he takes their two daughters with him.
Forced to spend Christmas alone, Georgie decides to visit her mom. During one of her trips to visit her mom she calls her husband, Neil, on the landline in her old room. Twenty-three year old Niel answers. Through the conversations she continues to have with her 20-something to-be husband she has to decide if it would have been better if they never got married or not.
I loved how Rainbow dealt with how this fantastical element she created would affect a regular person (i.e. Georgie wonders if she is going crazy). I felt this was handled wonderfully and didn’t appear weird, out-of-place or take away from the story.
This novel set my heart a-flutter. Rainbow once again made characters I whole-heatedly relate to. As a 20-something in a serious relationship, I sympathized with past Georgie and (mainly) past Neil. I loved to hear about their progression, their realistic love, their plateaued relationship and their life after falling in love.
I had so much in common with Georgie, including her devotion to her career and her attachment to her significant other. Seeing some of those traits made me think about some situations in my own life, but it was Neil’s experiences that really stood out to me. I loved how rateable Niel’s struggled to find himself during, and after, college was. Neil was a unique, quirky guy — but I found I had a lot in common with him.
The writing was wonderful, the story was so unique and this was the first Rainbow Rowell ending that I actually loved (and found peace in). Just a brief disclaimer, since this has been a rave review! This is an adult book that deals with the struggles of marriage and how long-term relationships affect your entire life. This book might not be for everyone. You might love it as much as I did, but if you’re more of a YA-type reader if might not be your thing. Just something to consider. However, if you’re at least a 20-something, and especially if you’re married or in a long-term relationship, I encourage you to pick up this book.
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