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?
First Sentence: Georgie pulled into the driveway, swerving to miss a bike.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I don’t think I’m wrong when I say that nearly everybody is excited for Landline. Even I was excited for Landline and I’m usually not interested in reading contemporary or adult books. The premise of Landline just caught my attention the second I read about it – I’m interested in reading books about marriage and to find out that Landline is about both marriage and kind of time travel (kind of according to the summary, and after reading the book, I’ll have to agree with that statement) just blows my mind away.
“I can’t keep fighting with you about the same things over and over again. I can’t keep not fighting about the same things over and over again. I can’t go another day, pretending you’re not pissed with me, pretending everything’s fine, talking in that stupid cheerful voice I use when I know you’re just quietly hating me.” (242)
I’m really confused with what rating to give to Landline. There were moments in Landline where I was bored out of my mind and other moments where I awwing over the characters and what they were doing. I wasn’t interested in the present day moments, where Georgie is working with her coworkers over a new script and frantically trying to contact Neal, who is currently in another state with the kids. Those parts were slow and boring for me to read about – I could care less about Georgie’s job, I just wanted more romance! I was more interested in reading the flashbacks; I wanted to know how Georgie and Neal got together, how their relationship developed, and what bought them to the situation they are currently in today.
Even though I was bored with Landline at times, it did make me feel a lot of feels. I could feel myself tearing up at times while reading the book at my sister’s graduation (in my defense, the teachers in my sister’s graduation were giving out 15 minutes or longer speeches and I rather read Landline than listen to them go on and go). I was also wishing that everything would work out for Georgie in the end, planning to already tweet Rainbow Rowell like mad if she didn’t give the book a happy ending. (I was that scared that Landline would break my heart.)
It was that she’d tied him to her so tight. Because she wanted him. Because it was perfect for Georgie, even if she wasn’t perfect for him. Because she wanted him more than she wanted him to be happy.
If she loved Neal, if she really loved him… (122)
Landline also did teach me a lot of lessons about marriage, one lesson being that being in a relationship is hard work, especially when you’re dedicated to your job. Thank goodness I’m not getting married anytime soon.
I am a bit disappointed with the kind of time travel aspect in Landline. It didn’t exactly turn out as I expected. However, now that I think about it, what I expected to happen wouldn’t make much sense if it actually did happened in Landline. Sadly, I feel like the time traveling aspect doesn’t really play a big part in Landline, despite what the summary implies.
Overall, I did enjoy reading Landline, but not as much as I hoped. Maybe I’ll have to be married for a few years to really connect more with the book. However, as of now, I did enjoy reading Landline, but it’s definitely not one of my favorites.