Landline brief book review


IMG_0714The magical thing about Rainbow Rowell’s writing is that it is effortless to read; one moment you are on page one and getting to grips with the characters and delving into their lives and the next you’re completely mesmerized and captivated by the disequilibrium of the narrative.

This is the goodread description of the novel (just in case you’re unaware of the book)…so without further ado..

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?

Me reading this book –



I was actually sad when I finished this book because it was nice book to read. I loved the fact that although the book contained the magical element due to the yellow phone, it did not take away from the contemporary novel. It does not make the novel unrealistic at all; just an added extra. It acted as an enigma to me, making me question was the phone magical or does she just miss her husband too much.

Although I have never been married (I am only 18 haha) I still managed to relate to Georgie, maybe not as much as I did to Cather in fangirl but Rainbow Rowell’s writing still managed to suck me in.  This isn’t a young adult book, it is heartbreaking because of how realistic and sad it is. If you can’t associate your own life with Georgie’s you will be able to think of someone who has gone through what she is which makes it so much realistic and hard hitting. The characters were all very complex which made them easier to relate to; especially Georgie’s beautiful struggle.

This book left me pondering life and love because for once it wasn’t sugar coated or smothered with the fairytale ideologies. It was raw emotion being portrayed.

“Nobody’s lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It’s something you make happen – because you love each other.”

Reading a book by Rainbow Rowell is like receiving a well need hug from a friend; her writing is so comforting that you not only want it but you need it.



Fun fact: this book won the 2014 award for the fiction category. 


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