Review of Landline

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 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 seriously think that Rainbow Rowell has to be my all-time favorite author. I have adored every book she has written. I was so excited to get my hands on Landline. I knew that it might be different since it was really geared towards adults, but I loved it so much. It was one of those books that I read at just the perfect time. I could relate and needed to hear it.

  • I loved the storyline. I have been married for 5 years, and although we do not have kids, I can see how life starts to blend together. I have recently been feeling like I am crawling out of my skin to do something new, to experience something other than the mundane. I feel like Georgie can totally relate. She has just been living her life and going through the motions until she realizes that something needs to be changed.
  • I loved the mysterious landline phone. I do think that going back in time when you just started dating, you do realize how fun that time of getting to know you and first kisses, first love, really was. You have to remember your path to marriage and the love you have for each other. I know that Georgie kinda forgot this as she pursued her career and her family.
  • I love Rainbow’s snark and wit. I snort laugh all the time when I am reading her books. She writes in such a way that makes you want to be best friends with her characters.
  • The pacing of the book really made it hard to put down. Even though it wasn’t high action, I was still compelled to continue reading. I actually read the whole book in one night because I could not sleep.
  • I think that the message of the book was great. I know that I sometimes get lax about my relationship with my husband and take it for granted. He is there, he loves me, ect. But I have to remember that there is so much more to us than that. He is an amazing person, hilarious and my best friend. He loves me who exactly who I am even when I am crazy. He loves me even when I am so focused on something else that I forget to see him. I think that most couples can see themselves in Georgie and Neil’s shoes.

  • The only thing is maybe I wanted a little more. Although it ends at a perfect spot, as with Eleanor & Park, I want to know more, to stay cocooned inside the story, the characters.


  1. YES I'M GLAD YOU LOVED IT! Rainbow Rowell is the only author that I have read all her books! (though I don't own a single one sadly). I really liked Landline because of the relationship between past Neal and future Georgie, it was great! And as usual Rowell writes amazingly :D :D :D

    Awesome review Missie! I totally agree with everything you said!

  2. I only tried Fangirl by the author but I liked it and i really should try something else now!

  3. Wow. I should definitely get a copy. I'm way too broke though. But I did love Rowell's first Adult book so I'm sure I would enjoy this one as well. I was actually wondering about that phone call, and thank you for talking about it. That sounds actually pretty sweet to be able to reminisce like that. And it's so nice that you found a wonderful other half. :)

  4. Isn't Landline SO SO GOOD? I just loved it!

  5. Keep hearing nothing but fabulous thoughts on Rainbow's books. Guess this means I need to join the bandwagon. :)

  6. So, I've struggled with Rainbow Rowell before. Fangirl was a big fat DNF for me. But your review is really swaying me towards giving this one a chance. It seems a lot more my style than Fangirl surprisingly!

    Kristen @ Pretty Little Pages


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