Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

 

Georgie has her life figured out. After gruelling in the writers room, Georgie and her writing buddy Seth finally get their break for their own show. The only problem – Georgie is supposed to be on a plane with her husband, Neal, and the kids. Even though their marriage is in trouble, she hopes that Neal would understand when she tells him she can’t go, and it seems that he does. But she wonders as he drives off to the airport with the kids if she’s finally ruined her marriage. That same day, Georgie finds a way to communicate with Neal in the past. Is this her chance of fixing what went wrong between them?

Personal Take: It’s been a while since I read something modern that blew my mind. And seriously, Landline blew my mind.

It had everything that I loved– witty dialogue, perfectly flawed, real characters, and not once did it deviate from what the story is about. It was pristine and perfectly described a flawed but dreamy marriage.

For the start I was captivated with Rowell’s writing. The pace was managed so well, even when it alternated between the past and the present. It was concise and captured moments just right. So right that I was thrilled each time there was a new layer added about the characters.

And the characters. I loved Georgie. I was frustrated with her, but I cheered for her. I loved seeing her in the present and learning how she became who she was. She’s unique, honest and so human. And through her, we learned a lot about her husband Neal. There’s also her family, who are so wonderfully weird.

Everything about this book screamed Just Right to me. It held it together and delivered a hell of an emotional roller coaster with a realistic end.

Audience: Other than language, I think older teens can read this. And the adults will love it.

Rating:

5stars

Other recommendations: Rowell wrote Fangirl, Attachments and Eleanor & Park — all on my to read list. Check out what else she’ll be writing next!

6 thoughts on “Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

  1. Witty dialogue and well crafted characters are def something i could fall for in this one as well

  2. This totally reminds me of the movie The Lakehouse – it sounds like this would make a great movie too.

  3. "It had everything that I loved– witty dialogue, perfectly flawed, real characters, and not once did it deviate from what the story is about. It was pristine and perfectly described a flawed but dreamy marriage." — Okay, now I'm SO excited to start this one! I have the audiobook coming up soon on my TBR, but I'm tempted to skip right to it.

    Fabulous review!

  4. oooh I think I really want to pick this one up!! I love witty dialogue too, and real characters as well! Glad you loved it! Great review!
    – Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  5. Ashley says:

    I thought Landline was truly fantastic. The writing was just so realistic, The voices of the characters and the struggles they were facing felt so honest. Great Review!

    Ashley @ The Quiet Concert

  6. I can definitely see why you loved this one so much. The paranormal elements didn't really work for me, probably because I wasn't expecting them. But Rainbow Rowell is amazing. The end. 🙂

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