Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Landline - Rainbow Rowell Review (E-ARC)

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides 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 to 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?

I have had a real mix of opinions with Rowells writing i liked some of it, and had a real issue with other pieces, when i spied this on netgalley it was more a whim that i requested it, and never expected to be approved, i squealed slightly. So lets talk about Landline;

Georgie is a workaholic and when she learns that she has her big break coming with pilot episodes for a show she has always dreamt of, she knows this is it. One big problem; its christmas, and Georgie and her husband were going away. She breaks the news to her husband (Neal) who is surpisngly calm. He however decides to still head off with the girls leaving Georgie alone for christmas.

As Georgie buries herself in work, she keeps missing Neals calls and begins to fret. Eventually the pair get through to each other through the landline in Georgies old room at her mums. It all seems a bit off and disjointed especially when Georgie speaks to Neals dad who died 3 years previous.

Is speaking to Neal in the past the way to fix the present? Georgie beileves so, she beileves she needs to convince Neal of her flaws, all her faults that are causing problems in the present. Georgie has always been head strong and known what she wanted, Neal has floated through life until he found his calling. As georgie struggles to fix things, she battles both herself, and her supposed best friend.

We not only follow the story of Georgie in the prsent, we get flashbacks from the past, from when the pair met and when things could still be so easily fixed. Rowells writing is emotionally charged and beautiful.  It sucks you in and makes you embark on the journey too, throwing your emotions repeatdly into turmoil. However, its still simple, clear cut and for me surpisngly wonderous and mind changing

4/5 - Breakfast Tea

Author Bio
Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don't really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

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1 comment:

  1. I haven't read any of hers yet, everybody keeps telling me to read Fangirl, which I say I'm going to pick up when I next go into a bookstore and never do...kind of afraid I'll be the one who doesn't like it, haha. But glad you enjoyed Landline, even if it was a bit off in some places. I love when you get flashbacks in books though, gives you a real sense of who the characters are than just having who the characters are now, and then.

    Kirsty @ StudioReads