Landline by Rainbow Rowell | Book Review

Book review

by Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Adult Contemporary
Publication Date: 8 July 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 308
Format: Ebook
Source: Bought

Summary (from Goodreads): 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?


This book was absolutely amazing. Rainbow Rowell is definitely up there in my list of favorite authors. Of the three books I’ve read by her, they’ve all been extremely good. This one is no exception. I mean, I think it’s my least favorite of the three I’ve read so far, but still, it was great.

I think Rainbow Rowell writes great characters. They feel like real people, not fictional ones trapped inside of a book. They all have flaws and strengths, and they’re all so fun to read about. In this novel, I really loved Seth and Neal, but all of the characters were likable.

Rowell’s writing is just wonderful. It’s captivating and drew me in, and at the end of every chapter I jut had to keep reading because I needed to know what happened next and how everything works out in the end. I was so mad because I was reading this book in class and the bell rang when I had literally twelve pages left, so I had to wait an hour to finish it. And let me tell you, that was one of the most frustrating hours I’ve gone through in a while. I just needed to know how it ended.

The one problem I had with it (and this is totally minor) was that I had super high expectations after loving the other books I’ve read by Rowell. It wasn’t as amazing as those, which left me wanting more, because I know Rowell can deliver. But still, this was fantastic.

If you haven’t read this yet, definitely do so. It’s great. And read Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. They’re amazing too. I haven’t read Attachments yet, but I’m sure it’s amazing, and after falling in love with Rainbow Rowell’s writing, I think I’ll have to get to it soon.

4.5 star

That was my review of Landline by Rainbow Rowell! If you’ve read it, let me know your thoughts on it! Did you like it as much as I did? Thanks for reading! (Also my birthday is tomorrow just saying ;))

~ RJ


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