Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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Title: Landline

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: time travel/ romance/ Teen&YA

Rating: ***

Review:I’m deeply conflicted about how to review this book. On the one hand, I literally laughed and cried from one page to the next and devoured the whole in a brief sitting.

On the other hand, I’ve also read Rainbow Rowell’s other books, and this one pales in comparison.

So I could review it straightforwardly and say that it’s funny, clever, charming, endearing, and all that would be true — but I could also review it and say that in some ways it’s the least of the books of hers I’ve read so far, and that would also be true.

Which I suppose is appropriate, given that this is largely a book about conflicting and equivalent truths.

Georgie McCool tells her husband Neal that she won’t be able to visit his family in Omaha for Christmas because she has to work, but as soon as he leaves for the airport with their children, she worries whether their relationship is over. They haven’t really spoken about it – Neal is the quiet, brooding, silent-type – but that night, Georgie discovers an unexpected way to communicate with him. It’s not magic or time-travel – Georgie isn’t quite sure what it is – but she has managed to talk to Neal, fifteen years in the past, through an old yellow landline phone. Is Georgie meant to work through her marriage – or were they even meant to be together at all?

It’s an odd moment when you’re reading a novel and realise that you don’t really like any of the characters. Does it matter? Sometimes it can ruin a book for you, but sometimes it can make you appreciate the fact that actually not everyone dislikeable and that likeability is simply not the point.

Rainbow Rowell has a talent for capturing the way people think and act so accurately – especially when it’s irrational – and even though Attachments is still my favourite adult novel written by her, Landline is a worthy follow-up that will get you thinking the foundations on which your own relationships are based, laughing and crying along the way.

*NOTE* I have not read and reviewed all of Rainbow Rowell’s currently available books.

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Also see:Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


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