Monday, July 2, 2018

Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Landline
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Narrator: Rebecca Lowman
Version Reviewed: Finished, Audiobook
I borrowed this audiobook for free from my local library.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones.
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 to him to pack up the kids and go 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've been wanting to read a Rainbow Rowell book for quite some time and when I made my list for the 2017 TBR challenge, I knew that I had to include one. So I chose Landline. I honestly don't think I'd even read the synopsis for this book prior to putting in on my list. I just knew that Rainbow Rowell had a good following and that I was okay with going into this book blind.

To be perfectly honest, this book started off extremely slow for me. I started reading it like three times and never made it past the first chapter. Then I finally decided to give the audiobook a try. I'm glad that I did. I still thought it started off slow but once the story started picking up, I had to know what was going to happen. I still think it was pretty slow in some parts. The book didn't move very quickly and, other than emotional turmoil, not a lot happened.

All that aside, this book was great. Georgie trying to decipher the meaning of everything that was happening to her made me think about my past with my husband and certain events that maybe I would have done differently. I do most of my reading/listening while my husband is at work or at night after he has fallen asleep and Georgie and Neal's story made me want to hug him closer and cause me to miss him harder than usual when he was away.

This was definitely a good story that makes you feel and it was very interesting to see what Georgie did with the strange gift that was handed to her.

Rating: 4 Stars

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