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Landline: 0 Paperback – 4 August 2015
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I was completely knocked sideway by how good Landline is. (THE BOOKSELLER)
This clever romantic comedy is perfect company for a stretch on the beach. (GLAMOUR)
This is a great journey book, as Georgie fumbles about finding herself and what she and Neal need to stay together. I recommend this to anybody for a fun summer read (even though it is set at Christmas!), and I really enjoyed the ups and downs of Georgie's Christmas turmoil. (THE GUARDIAN ONLINE)
Landline's premise is fairly simple: given the chance to change a small aspect of the past, would you? But there's so much more. Rowell's way with dialogue is amazing (and useful, given that most of the book consists of telephone conversations). Neal's mother, only ever a presence on the other end of the line, is as well realised as any of the characters we get to 'see'. Landline is great on the complexities of adult relationships too, showing how a search for balance can be what love is made of and how a thousand tiny compromises mean more than the grandest romantic gesture (EMERALD STREET)
If you could talk to someone in the past in order to influence the future, would you? That's the idea behind Rainbow Rowell's clever new book. (WOMAN)
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- Publisher : Orion; Digital original edition (4 August 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 140915212X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1409152125
- Item Weight : 255 g
- Dimensions : 20.1 x 2.4 x 13.4 cm
- Country of Origin : United Kingdom
- Best Sellers Rank: #59,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The future was going to happen, even if he wasn’t ready for it. Even if he was never ready for it. At least he could make sure he was with the right person. Wasn’t that the point of life? To find someone to share it with? And if you got that part right, how far wrong could you go? If you were standing next to the person you loved more than everything else, wasn’t everything else just scenery?”
You know you love a book when all you do is quote it again and again!
You think of it even after a month of reading it, you read more books in the midst of finding a book similar to it, also when you are smiling like an idiot throughout!
I have been missing Rainbow Rowell in my life so much. This was the only book left for me to read by her and I was saving it for a long long time and then I just couldn’t stop myself from reaching for it and just devouring myself in the world of Rainbow Rowell.
“You never know when it’s going to be the last time you see somebody and don’t want to miss your chance to say good-bye.”
WHAT IS LANDLINE ALL ABOUT?
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?
MY REVIEW FOR THE BOOK LANDLINE
I just love Rainbow Rowell’s writing. I like the world she builds, the characters she has in her stories. You can never feel anything negative, you will feel everything is positive and yet empathize with the characters the situations.
I love how she shows us how imperfect world can be just perfect if you wish for it to be.
Besides the fact that this novel was just perfect- my only complaint was at times it was slow, I wish it wasn’t. I wish I got to know more of Seth.
“Nobody’s lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It’s something you make happen – because you love each other.”
MY OVEREXCITED HORMONES HAVE THIS TO SAY ABOUT LANDLINE.
The characters were so real, I could imagine the scenario in my head even though the landline scene would have been way too magical.
This book was like my Christmas.
It made me laugh, it made me worry. A book should make you feel things and this one definitely did so many things.
The big airport scene– I think the biggest trope in any romance book/ film is the airport and yet here it didn’t feel cliched or done to death. It was needed. YES, IT WAS NEEDED NO ARGUMENT THERE.
“Flying across the country to reunite with your true love was always the right move. (Always.) (In every case.)”
The sibling relationship is awwww.
The kids in this book are adorable, I want to cut their cheeks and eat them alive. 😀
What else? Neal and Georgie, the fit together and they made everything else fit together as well.
Thank you Rainbow for writing, thank you for everything.
Please never ever stop writing.
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Thus, I knew that Landline would fling me from the reading slump I felt creeping in at the edges of my conciousness.
(I was right.)
Whilst Landline certainly wasn’t my favourite Rainbow Rowell book, I still loved it astronomically more than plenty of other books I love. Rainbow Rowell just has a certain effect on me, her words casting an irrefutable spell on my better judgement, and enchanting the pages to flip on their own.
(I SWEAR THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS.)
I have delayed so many tasks to read a Rainbow Rowell book, and never regretted it even a tiny little bit.
The thing is, to read a Rainbow Rowell book is a full-body experience; you can’t just reserve a section of your mind for you current read if it’s a Rainbow Rowell book. Oh no, the book takes over your mind, body, and soul, making your fingers twitch irrepressibly in search of a page to turn.
Like any Rowell book, the characters of Landline are vivid. So utterly and completely realistic and vivid, it’s only the indents my fingernails etch into my palms as I squeeze my hands into fists as the characters fall in love that remind me that I’m not right there with them.
(I WISH I WAS RIGHT THERE WITH THEM.)
And everything they do and say and think and know is real. They are real people with real problems, and their stories are not idealistic but realistic.
And that’s why I love Rainbow Rowell’s books, and Landline is no exception.
This novel opens to the haphazard, busy life of Georgie, our protagonist, who is a married mother of 2, as well as a workaholic (she’s a TV screenwriter…so awesome!). She narrates the story, jumping between the past and present and places in between, illustrating for the reader what married life means to her, and what she has taken from it.
Now, whilst this book does orbit marriage, this is not to say that you won’t enjoy this book if you are not married yourself. I am 15 and was interested in everything Georgie had to say on the topic, entertained by her narration and attitudes and humour.
In fact, I was utterly engrossed!
On another note, the tone of this book, although dealing with serious themes, is light-hearted and jovial and wholly effective if you’re looking for a pick-me-up. The chapters are fast paced, with injections of humour with each page, so much so that there are many witty moments, and even laugh-out-loud moments.
Overall, whilst I was apprehensive to read this novel (the first Rainbow Rowell book I’ve read that is aimed at adults), I found myself engrossed in the story, and entirely pleased I decided to give it a chance. Although I describe it in this manner, there wasn’t any astronomically amazing attributes of this book, explaining as to why I awarded it 4/5 stars.
The first few chapters I was questioning whether to continue, it was a bit difficult and it didn't seem to flow very well. I decided to continue because of loving the other books by the author, but I was close to not continuing.
The story focuses on the relationship between Georgie McCool [which is the best name for a character ever] and Neal. I found it hard to see why Georgie was interested in Neal - the author tried to show that you can fall in love with anyone and you can't choose who you fall in love with, but there was not many redeeming qualities about Neal. I tried to care about their relationship, but I couldn't. I did like Georgie and how she came to realise that with love, it's not all take, you have to give as well. But Neal... I just didn't like him. I loved the kids names, especially Noomi. Noomi was so cute!
Lots of dialogue once again with this novel, like with Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, again it flowed quite well once it got going, didn't feel forced and was easy to read. It's just the characters that let it down. If Neal had any redeeming qualities other than being "nice" it might have helped. I did love Georgie's absolute disdain for her mother's pugs. That was funny.
I would recommend this, however, to fans of Rainbow's other novels as the dialogue and writing style is there, some of the humour is there, it's just the characters that let it down. It's still good to read and I did enjoy it.
Landline is Rainbow Rowell's second adult novel, her first being Attachments, although Rainbow has two other releases under the YA umbrella; Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. Georgie McCool is a TV comedy writer with her best friend Seth who she's has known since she was a teenager. As Christmas comes closer, Georgie chooses to stay home to work instead of going to her husband Neil's parents house with her children, causing the problems in their marriage to arise in her mind as he picks up and goes without her. As Georgie wonders if she's finally ruined their marriage, she discovers the landline phone in her parents house can ring Neil - 20 years ago. Georgie continues to speak to Neil-when-they-first-met and attempts to fix their marriage before it even began.
Firstly, the idea of a "time-travelling phone" confused me. I've never been too good with the concept of time travel, getting confused at even the mere mention of it. However, this is purely a subjective opinion since I know most people aren't as confused by time travel as I am. The book itself wasn't confusing and the time-travelling aspect was fairly well explained, my problem lies in my own inability to understand the concept. The one problem I did have with this book was the transition between the past and the present. I struggled to differentiate between flashbacks and which version of Neil Georgie was talking about. At times, she would say "1998 Neil" to make it clearer, but the transition between flashbacks or the present was jarring and took me out of the story itself.
I really liked all of the main characters in the book and I loved how cute Alice and Noomi (their children) were. Georgie was pretty similar to myself in some ways, so I found myself connecting with her more, despite her almost double my age. We didn't get to know much about present-day Neil but I really enjoyed learning about him at a younger age and his quirky personality made me understand why Georgie fell for him. Seth wasn't as developed as the other characters, despite appearing quite a bit throughout the book. He seemed to serve as a discussion point in Neil and Georgie's relationship, rather than being his own character and building on his and Georgie's friendship.
Overall, I'm glad I read Landline because Rainbow's writing transports me (get it?) every time I pick up one of her books but I'm not sure I'd ever reread it. If you're into heart-warming cutesy books (and aren't confused by time-travel), you should check out Landline.
'Landline' is a story about a marriage that is disintegrating, though for no obvious reason. I was expecting the ''magic phone'' to provide answers but it didn't.
On one hand I like Georgie because she is a nice person, but on the other she annoyed the living daylights out of me. She takes all the responsibility for the state of her marriage on herself which is ridiculous as it does take two to make or mar a relationship.
Georgie has got it into her head that Neal and the kids do not need her - ''Neal and Alice and Noomi - they are a closed system, an independent organism''(p105). I guess that is working mums guilt but her relationship with her girls seemed good. To be honest I don't understand what she saw in Neal in the first place given that he ''growls at people, literally, if they get to close'' (p93), hardly spoke, never smiled and let Georgie do all the running. He was also rude about her career in comedy saying comedy was just ''messing around'' (p138), and that her dreams would be a ''waste of (his) time'' (p138). What a charmer! Just to be clear - I did not like Neal.
I would describe Neal as a bit of a waste-of-space -
1) He goes to university to study oceanography - having never even seen the ocean, only to discover he does not like the ocean.
2) He is a brilliant cartoonist, but thinks it is beneath him - ''I want to do something real. I want to make a difference'', but can't work out how to achieve that.
3) He marries the girl of his dreams, has two lovely children which he gets to stay at home and look after while his wife supports him handsomely but...
4) Neal is not happy. Neal does NOT say he is unhappy, he just ''wore it''(p105). Give me a break.
I was expecting a big ending but I did not get one. At the end nothing is discussed, nothing is fixed. Georgie merely says ''I'm going to be better'', and Neal replies ''We both are''. That's it . The end.
I missed reading this one last year and holiday/romance reads are not a priority for me, but this relatively short novel was spellbinding in its characters and angst. We retrace the first time Neal and Georgie met, see them overcome hurdles to be together and battle life for their marriage, but will it be enough to save it.
I particularly enjoyed reading about Georgie's family, her Mom and sister, Heather, provide much comic relief with their adorable pugs, who also came as a package deal in this literary family.
I can see why this was voted the best literary fiction novel on Goodreads in 2014 and glad I had an opportunity to pick it up.