Monday 8 September 2014

Review: Landline 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 besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides 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?

Review: I was really looking forward to this book having enjoyed Attatchments immensely, and more than I enjoyed Eleanor and Park so another adult novel from Rainbow Rowell seemed perfect. I did find this book fun and enjoyable and pretty easy to get through and easy to read but it didn't have as much of a spark for me as Attatchments did. The plot was interesting, a magic phone connecting you with your husband in the past but I felt a little bit like I wanted some more things to happen with the phone and some more consequences because of speaking to her husband in the past or comparing him to husband in the future. 

I thought the characters this novel were great. I loved Georgie McCool-what an awesome name, and she is the kind of hardworking mom we don't read about enough in novels, she doesn't give up her career for her her children, she lets her husband takeover things at home and yet she still does her best to love and provide for them! Neil is a very interesting character, I don't think I could be married to him but I was really rooting for him and Georgie because I could see that they just fitted together so well!  I really liked the character of Seth, and he was pivotal to the plot which I thought was interesting for a supporting characters. Georgia's family were all mad, I think they were ace and so we have the comedy element of the novel thrown in as well! 

In terms of the development across the storyline, there ws nothing too taxing, nothing too challenging and I really enjoyed the beginning and ending,no just wanted a little bit more to happen in the middle, which, for me, just seemed to consist of flashbacks and Georgie being Kate for work because she was confused by the magic phone, I found it a little frusrating because I could see the potential for so much more to happen. This doesn't out me off the book overall, I still thought it as a good read and I'm glad that I bought the audiobook. I now need to read Fangirl to complete my Rainbow Rowell collection and this book hasn't put me off doing that at all! 

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