Friday, August 15, 2014

REVIEW: Landline by Rainbow Rowell~ BEA 2014

Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Source: ARC received from Publisher at Book Expo America 2014
Buy it at: Amazon / Barnes and Noble

*This book was received from the publisher, but it did not influence this review in any way *

My rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s 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?

I have to say that Landline was totally different than what I expected it to be. It has a bit of a paranormal vibe going for it which threw me off a little in the beginning but I absolutely loved it! Then there is the awesomeness that is Georgie McCool. I mean seriously, Georgie McCool? How epic is that name!? But the real ringer is the story line. Rainbow Rowell is so creatively talented in her writing. She manages to always give a realistic vibe to her characters and plot which makes the reader really feel for the character. Plus, it really was just about the cutest thing ever.

Georgie McCool (it's growing on you, right?) and her husband, Neal, are having marital problems. When she tells Neal that she won't be going to his family home for Christmas because she has to work, things take a turn for the worst.  Rainbow does such a wonderful job at showcasing their relationship. The dating to the marriage and all the in between things that have led to their current unhappiness. Georgie learned a valuable lesson by the end of the book and I loved seeing her grow as a character throughout the story. I Also loved seeing Neal during their dating period and how absolutely swoony he was. But of course, seeing the future unfold and seeing how certain things came to be makes this book that much better.

"Fitting together is something you work at. It's something you make happen-because you love each other."

This quote perfectly resonates with life. Definitely makes me want to read it all over again! Hope you find as much joy in it as I did :)

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