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Landline – Rainbow Rowell

Landline – Rainbow RowellTitle: Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Publishing Info: July 8, 2014 by Macmillan, St. Martin's Press
Source: BEA 2014
Genres: Adult, Alternate Reality, Contemporary
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: June 8, 2014
Related Posts: Eleanor & Park Playlist, Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, Attachments, Kindred Spirits

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?

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LANDLINE was a breath of fresh air. I’m made my niche reading young adult fiction and I still love it but sometimes it’s just so nice to take a break from the norm and switch things up a bit. Reading LANDLINE was a sort of wonderful crossover since I’m so used to Rainbow Rowell’s young adult books and I got the same feel of her writing but in a different age range and covering different subjects.

Rainbow Rowell is just a master of her craft. Her story telling is simply exquisite in not only the way the plot comes together but also how the characters really tell a story in themselves. I got to know the story just by getting to know Georgie and her family. Rainbow’s characters and their relationships are always amazing and they always seem like incredibly real people, and it’s just amazing to sit back and watch their stories unfold.

I’ve already mentioned how much I love the characters but the relationship between each character is just fantastic as well. Every single one is complicated. From Georgie’s relationship with her husband to her relationship with her best friend and co-worker (who just so happens to be an attractive male) — even her relationship with her children, her mother, her sister… It was just so true to life because aren’t all relationships messy?

Unlike Rainbow’s previous books, LANDLINE involved a bit of… science fiction? I guess that’s what you’d call it — with the “magic” landline phone that Georgie finds at her parents house. She realizes she’s not talking to her husband in present day, but Neal in the past which also happens to be a very critical point in their relationship. I do have to say… Wasn’t quite sold on the magic phone thing. I enjoyed the book from cover to cover and I didn’t DISLIKE it but I felt like with Rainbow’s other books, there’s just a strong sense of reality that I pull from them — and I did with LANDLINE too — but the magic phone really pulled me out of that element and felt more “cutesy”. It just took away from the emotional, serious aspect of the book for me. Not a lot! Not a lot at all. But it was enough that I didn’t quite fall in love with it the way that I potentially could have without it.

I really enjoyed how everything wrapped up and really all of the loose ends were tied back together. I had just the best feeling of satisfaction when I finished the book and I know Rainbow Rowell fans won’t be disappointed! Her books always leave me with this feeling of contentment and LANDLINE is no exception.

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I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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I read the majority of this on a plane so far fewer updates than usual!

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Georgie // Character Obsessions: Comedy, writing, Neal, family.
Despite the blame seeming to fall on Georgie’s shoulders for many of the issues in her marriage, I really liked her a lot. She felt really real and I was able to see how hard it must have been for her to balance a career that she loved so much and the family she loved so much, especially when her husband was willing to maintain the family when Georgie’s schedule didn’t allow it. That didn’t really mean he should do it all on his own, but through these situations, I really felt like I got to know them through every situation they went through.

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Kept Me Hooked On: Rainbow. YA or Adult. Serious or more playful. I love anything Rainbow Rowell writes. She just has that magical way with words and amazing character & relationship development that just grows with each book.
Left Me Wanting More: Heart-wrenching. The phone thing was cute. I was just hoping for something more deeply emotional like so many of her other books. Although I guess Attachments was definitely more on the cutesy side, but it was also her debut novel and I was expecting that to be more cute whereas I was expecting LANDLINE to be a bit more on the serious side.

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Buy it

It’s a solid read and although it’s not my favorite of Rainbow’s books, it was still so enjoyable with all of that magnificent writing magic that she always incorporates into her books! Definitely still worth the purchase and a place next to your other favorite Rainbow Rowell books!

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On the Same Page: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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ON THE SAME PAGE: LANDLINE
  Rainbow Rowell: Relationship Expert

For the month of June, On the Same Page read Landline by Rainbow Rowell and it really just struck me that with each book of hers that I read, I just totally and completely lose myself in the relationships that she creates. It’s no exaggeration to say that Rainbow Rowell is easily one of the best contemporary writers out there in my eyes for her creation of characters and the relationships she creates amongst them.

I’m actually in the middle of re-reading Attachments via audio at the moment because having read all of Rainbow Rowell’s works and seeing how her writing has developed over time, I had to go back to the first book I ever read of hers and revisit it. I had read it when I was still in my early 20s and I was in a completely different mindset back then. I didn’t read books then the same way I do now (still relaxed and for enjoyment although a bit more analytically now that I’m actively reviewing books) and I wasn’t at the proper stage in my life to really appreciate the characters, their relationships, and their daily lives. It’s so interesting to go back to her first book and see where she started from after just having finished her most recent book and seeing how much her writing has grown.

I’m pretty sure Rainbow Rowell has written some of my favorite character interactions and relationships that include a perfect blend of friendship and romance. They ebb between showing a character’s vulnerability and building up their strengths. The characters play off of one another to discover things about themselves and really help each other grown exponentially as well. I think one thing that’s very important to me as a reader is seeing the base of a relationship — the heart and the core of everything that exists between two characters, and Rainbow includes this in every story and the way that she sews it seamlessly into the book is just amazing. She’s an author that doesn’t have to outright say something to make it known. It’s the subtle ways that characters might look at each other or touch each other or react to each other. Each little nuance builds their back story and shapes their relationship almost without the reader even realizing and I think that’s one of the most important things in character development that I didn’t even know what I missing. Sometimes it’s the things you don’t say that end up meaning the most.

Each relationship in her books also has a very strong friendship. The characters may not have started out as friends before they got involved romantically, but the basis of friendship is there. Trust. Loyalty. Patience. Faith. The willingness to do anything for someone at the risk of your own happiness. The willingness to fight for a relationship before its even put in jeopardy. And every story isn’t afraid to show the truth: that any relationship — friendship or romantic or meant to be — gets messy.

Landline was an especially interesting addition to the Rainbow Rowell collection. (Can we call it that? I think Rainbow Rowell fans need box sets. Just saying.) This was the first book of hers where we see one of those beautiful relationships that she creates already in progress and not just the beginning… and what started as a beautiful beginning (which we actually get to see through flashbacks) may have slowly started to unravel at the seams and we start the book as main character Georgie is desperately trying to stitch things back together, hopefully before it’s too late. I loved seeing a different side of relationships from Rainbow. As much as I love falling in love with her characters as they fall in love with each other, it was interesting to witness a relationship in progress and how a marriage needs as much tender loving care as a blossoming relationship. I don’t read adult books as much anymore — on occasion because I’m just not a fan of reading about relationships that end in divorce or separation (hence why I read a lot of YA with first loves) — so it was definitely something different for me to pick up Landline and really appreciate that aspect of the book. It has both the characters and the readers take a step back and assess their relationships to really see what they could do to make it better.

Landline showed me that no matter what kind of relationship Rainbow Rowell writes, she’ll nail it every time. Her characters and the way they interact with each other are always one of my most favorite things about her books and I love how different those relationships are in each book. It’s refreshing to still feel that same style of writing that’s so recognizable as Rainbow but still have a completely unique story and unique characters to get to know. Whether it’s Attachments or Eleanor & Park or Fangirl or Landline, readers of any age or any genre can find characters to identify with and learn from. Each book brings something different to the table, all the while containing the same universal messages and feelings. Whether Landline ends up being your favorite Rainbow Rowell book to date or not, I think it’s easy to see that the relationships she creates are only growing in style and strength.

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Don’t forget to check out Alyssa’s and Amy’s posts about Landline today too!

Alyssa (Books Take You Places) //  Amy (Tripping Over Books)