Book reviews #17: Landline – Rainbow Rowell

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Hello Hello!

I’m back with a type of book I do not usually read, a contemporary novel! Take note, it won’t happen often. But even I can’t resist 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?

Landline

I know I am a bit late to talk about Landline, Christmas being far away ( or a long time in the future?), but well, I did my best! And as here it’s still super snowy, I felt the mood was right! And I do not regret it!

I read this book in audio and it was SO GOOD. Rainbow Rowell does have the talent to make super realistic characters, with flaws and with questions we all have. We are in their head, we feel what they feel… and we love it! Well, at least, I do!

That’s how I felt with Georgie. She was so reliable, so true. Her struggles are the kind that anyone can have. There is no magical solution (even if here, there is a magical phone ;)), just humans trying to figure out their lives.

Rainbow Rowell is also a great storyteller. She makes you believe in the story of Georgie and Neil: you are living its present while learning its beginning, how it came to be. From one chapter to another, you will go back in time, and slowly, connect the past with the present!

It’s impossible not to get attached to Georgie and her struggles, it is so easy to imagine yourself as her. It is so easy to step into her shoes. And that is where the real power of Rowell lies!

See you for a cup!

Elise

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