Friday, December 5, 2014

Book Review: "Landline" by Rainbow Rowell

Landline Rainbow Rowell
Published: July 8, 2014
ISBN: 9781250049377
Genre:Contemporary Fiction
Source: Library
Recommended for readers who have not yet read anything else by Rainbow Rowell

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?

My Thoughts:
I love me some Rainbow Rowell--both Eleanor and Park and Fangirl are on my "highly recommended list.  When I found out about her newest book, I knew that I would be reading it.
Unfortunately, this may have been a case of unrealistic expectations on my part.  I can't be sure, but I think I would have enjoyed this book more if it had not been written by Rainbow Rowell.  It's not badly written, but it just didn't feel like a Rowell book for me.  At first, it reminded me of Jennifer Weiner (whom I enjoy) and then, when the magic realism kicked in, it reminded me of an American Cecelia Ahern (whom I enjoy).  It did not, however, seem like it was written by the same person who wrote Eleanor and Park and Fangirl.

I never felt that Rowell reached the emotional heights (or depths?) that she had in her other books.  I kind of felt that Georgie always knew what the problem was with her marriage, so she never really had any big revelation.  And, this may just be my prejudices, but I didn't really like Georgie.

I will say that the book did keep my attention, even if I found parts of it lacking.  While I felt that Rowell never dove deep enough into the plot, I was at least interested enough to turn the page.  And, honestly, I think someone who has never read anything by Rainbow Rowell would probably enjoy this book more than I did.

I was not solicited for this review and I received no compensation for this post.

by Rainbow Rowell

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