[Mini Review] Landline by Rainbow Rowell


“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?”


Score: 1/5

I don’t have much to say about this book  as I really didn’t like it. I’ve also come to realize that I don’t really like Rainbow Rowell’s style. Fangirl is still one of the best books I’ve ever read, but I think it’ll be the only book I’ll ever like by this author.

I thought the plot of Landlines was very interesting. A phone that lets you communicate with someone in the past? It sounds awesome! However, this idea was poorly executed. This was the reason I wanted to read this book in the first place, but it was hardly addressed in the book. There was no solution or explanation to this phenomenon at all.

The characters were very unlikable, why anyone would be attracted to someone like Neal in real life is beyond me. Georgie is supposed to be a career oriented woman, someone who knows exactly what she wants. But she spent the entire book second guessing her life, not to mention forcing a marriage that is clearly unhappy and incompatible.

There were two gay characters in the book, clearly just for the sake of having them. They added nothing to the story whatsoever and their personalities were very flat.

Overall, the style of this book annoyed me. I can’t explain this very well, but the language used, how it was used, the narration, the dialogue, it all annoyed me. I like books that read like a story, however, Landlines felt like I was reading a teenager’s diary. It annoyed me.

Have you read Landline? What is your opinion on the book?


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