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Landline: A Novel Hardcover – 8 Jul 2014
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“The magic phone becomes Ms. Rowell's way to rewrite ‘It's a Wonderful Life'…what that film accomplished with an angel named Clarence, Ms. Rowell accomplishes with a quaint old means of communication, and for her narrative purposes, it really does the trick.” ―The New York Times
“While the topic might have changed, this is still Rowell--reading her work feels like listening to your hilariously insightful best friend tell her best stories.” ―Library Journal, starred review on Landline
“Her characters are instantly lovable, and the story moves quickly…the ending manages to surprise and satisfy all at once. Fans will love Rowell's return to a story close to their hearts.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Landline
“Rowell is, as always, a fluent and enjoyable writer--the pages whip by.” ―Publishers Weekly on Landline
“Keen psychological insight, irrepressible humor and a supernatural twist: a woman can call her husband in the past.” ―Time Magazine on Landline
"Rowell pulls off this impossible premise with great charm, and her depictions of the couple’s sweet courtship and their later compromise-filled marriage are equally unsentimental and knowing." ―Curtis Sittenfeld for The New Yorker
“The dialogue flows naturally; it's zippy, funny, and fresh. The flirtation between young Georgie and Neal is genuinely romantic.” ―Boston Globe
“After the blazing successes of Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Attachments, it's become clear that Rowell is an absolute master of rendering emotionally authentic and absorbing stories...While the novel soars in its more poignant moments, Rowell injects the proper dose of humor to keep you laughing through your tears.” ―RT Book Reviews on Landline
“To skip her work because of its rom-com sheen would be to miss out on the kind of swift, canny honesty of that passage, which is typical of the pleasures of Landline -- it's a book that's a joy from sentence to sentence, and on that intimate level there's absolutely nothing unoriginal or clichéd in the way Rowell thinks. Her work is dense with moments of sharp observation…and humor.” ―Chicago Tribune Printers Row
“But a focus on the endings is the wrong one when you're reading a book of Rowell's. What matters most are the middles, which she packs with thoughtful dissections of how we live today, reflections upon the many ways in which we can love and connect as humans, and tacit reassurances of the validity of our feelings regardless of our particular experiences.” ―Slate.com on Landline
“Landline might not have any teenage protagonists, but it does have all the pleasures of Rowell's YA work -- immediate writing that's warm and energetic” ―Time.com
“More gentle, more real than Douglas Coupland, more smooth and also more clever than Helen Fielding. Truly, slowly, sweetly gorgeous.” ―The Globe & Mail
About the Author
RAINBOW ROWELL lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and two sons. She's also the author of Fangirl, Eleanor & Park, and Attachments.
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“The future was going to happen, even if he wasn’t ready for it. Even if he was never ready for it. At least he could make sure he was with the right person. Wasn’t that the point of life? To find someone to share it with? And if you got that part right, how far wrong could you go? If you were standing next to the person you loved more than everything else, wasn’t everything else just scenery?”
You know you love a book when all you do is quote it again and again!
You think of it even after a month of reading it, you read more books in the midst of finding a book similar to it, also when you are smiling like an idiot throughout!
I have been missing Rainbow Rowell in my life so much. This was the only book left for me to read by her and I was saving it for a long long time and then I just couldn’t stop myself from reaching for it and just devouring myself in the world of Rainbow Rowell.
“You never know when it’s going to be the last time you see somebody and don’t want to miss your chance to say good-bye.”
WHAT IS LANDLINE ALL ABOUT?
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?
MY REVIEW FOR THE BOOK LANDLINE
I just love Rainbow Rowell’s writing. I like the world she builds, the characters she has in her stories. You can never feel anything negative, you will feel everything is positive and yet empathize with the characters the situations.
I love how she shows us how imperfect world can be just perfect if you wish for it to be.
Besides the fact that this novel was just perfect- my only complaint was at times it was slow, I wish it wasn’t. I wish I got to know more of Seth.
“Nobody’s lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It’s something you make happen – because you love each other.”
MY OVEREXCITED HORMONES HAVE THIS TO SAY ABOUT LANDLINE.
The characters were so real, I could imagine the scenario in my head even though the landline scene would have been way too magical.
This book was like my Christmas.
It made me laugh, it made me worry. A book should make you feel things and this one definitely did so many things.
The big airport scene– I think the biggest trope in any romance book/ film is the airport and yet here it didn’t feel cliched or done to death. It was needed. YES, IT WAS NEEDED NO ARGUMENT THERE.
“Flying across the country to reunite with your true love was always the right move. (Always.) (In every case.)”
The sibling relationship is awwww.
The kids in this book are adorable, I want to cut their cheeks and eat them alive. 😀
What else? Neal and Georgie, the fit together and they made everything else fit together as well.
Thank you Rainbow for writing, thank you for everything.
Please never ever stop writing.
I loved their late night calls on Landline.
I found the depictions of the problems brewing between Georgie and Neal quite realistic. In marriage it becomes astonishingly easy to take your spouse for granted. Between jobs, mortgages, parenting, school, bills and everything else that adulting comes with, who has the time for anything else? But we need to make time. That is the key lesson in this story. It doesn’t take much to tell your husband/wife just how much he/she means to you and yet we need to be reminded to do that now and then. To choose him/her over everything else. It’s that simple. Georgie and Neal were both unique, fleshed out characters and their relationship - with all of its problems - was depicted realistically. I found the workplace banter between Georgie, Seth and Scotty quite funny. However, the fantasy element thrown in there was very cheesy and there was no explanation for it. It’s just ..there and serves as a plot device. Also, given that Georgie and Neal are such polar opposites personality wise, it was a bit hard to believe they ended up together. Neal may be a supportive husband and a great father, but he is also shown to be way too serious, someone who rarely smiles and someone who bottles up his feelings preferring to just wallow in resentment. Yet these flaws aren’t acknowledged as flaws. Rather it is portrayed positively like he’s some saint. When you look at it that way, I could totally understand why Georgie would prefer to stay at work. At least Seth and Scotty are lively and fun to be around. Even Heather and Georgie’s mom are interesting characters to be with. Yet we only get to see Georgie’s growth in this story. Plot wise, there’s not much happening and there are sections in the middle that drag. The constant baby talk with the kids on the phone – while realistic – was tedious to read through.
In summary, a bittersweet romantic story with a good message but a one time read.
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