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.