Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Monday, April 15, 2019

by Rainbow Rowell
St. Martin's Press, 2014
Family Life Fiction

I've been reading some heavy books lately so on a whim I grabbed a copy of Landline when I spied it at my local library.

I finished the book in two evenings so it's definitely an easy read. It was super fun and enjoyable and I'm really glad I stumbled upon it.

Georgie McCool (gotta love that name) is married to Neal Grafton. They met in university and now have two girls. Georgie is a TV writer and workaholic while Neal is a complicated stay-at-home dad.

Their marital challenges all come to a head when Neal leaves town with the girls for a week-long Christmas vacation at his mom's -- and Georgie stays home to work.

As the days pass, Georgie starts to wonder if her marriage is doomed.

Through a combination of memories, current-day angst, and a magic (sort of time-travel) phone, the reader dives head-first into Georgie and Neal's courtship and marriage. 

It's a crazy, mixed-up world, full of love but also a whole lot of challenges. Georgie is forced to take a painful look at their relationship and figure out if Neal might be happier without her.

What I Thought

Landline was a light, fun read. The magic phone was a really cool twist that added quirky interest to what might otherwise have been just another book about a troubled marriage. 

I also really liked the way Rowell flipped back and forth between reality, memories and the magic phone. 

The story was very funny at times and I loved how it gave such an honest, realistic look at a modern day woman and mother.

I'll definitely be checking out Rainbow Rowell's other books!

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