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Landline

by Rainbow Rowell

St. Martin's Press | July 8, 2014 | Hardcover

Landline is rated 3.6667 out of 5 by 3.

From New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell, comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones.

 

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 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 to him to pack up the kids and go 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?

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.46 × 6.38 × 1.12 in

Published: July 8, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250049377

ISBN - 13: 9781250049377

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A lovely book about marriage and family Georgie is a writer for a popular tv show. When she has to work over the holiday season, her husband and daughters take residence in his family's home in Omaha, leaving Georgie home to work with her co-worker and best friend. Through a magical phone that appears to hold the secrets to the past, she discovers which is more important to her, her work or her family. Landline is an interesting book to say the least. I was gripped by Rainbow's writing this time around and I wanted to know if Georgie would choose her work or her family. This problem is relevant in our modern day and age where working mothers struggle to do both. I like the fact that she's the breadwinner in this case. I don't like the fact that she had to apologize for wanting to pursue her dream and go after it. Who says that you have to devote all your time to one thing over the other? It's always best to balance both aspects so no one loses. This is what Georgie struggles through. Landline is also a book about marriage. What it takes to stay there, what it takes to want to stay in a relationship etc. I thought it was wonderfully written. I loved seeing Georgie and Neal fall in love. What I didn't fully understand was the phone. How in the world did it work? Was it just her imagination? I passed it off as her trying to comprehend her situation. And more importantly, that she missed her husband so much that she ended up talking to him through a phone that connected to the past. Overall, I would recommend this one for its beautiful writing and touching moments, it's another one to add to your Rowell collection. Also, that cover..I LOVE it.
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute This review is published on my blog: Feeling a Little Bookish (http://bookworm-meags222.blogspot.ca) I think that Rainbow Rowell is one of my new favourites. I have read all her novels and I have to say I have enjoyed them all. I'll admit to Fangirl not being my fave but the rest I have greatly enjoyed. This book is no exception. First of all, how could you not like a book with a main character named Georgie McCool? This character is the epitome of independent woman. Her life is in a bit of a shamble when we first meet her. She is skipping out on her family's Christmas trip to Omaha in order to work. She works with her best friend, who just happens to be a guy who used to be someone she crushed on. For obvious reasons, this pisses off her husband Neal and he decides to take their children to Omaha anyhow. Georgie is by herself and this gives her time to evaluate her life. While all of this is going on she comes across a magical phone that allows her to speak to her husband in Omaha. Why is this magical you ask? Well she is speaking to Neal of the past, Neal from the 90s before they got married. This book read really easily and I finished within 24 hours. This is the perfect beach read. You'll want to be reading this while sprawled out on a towel enjoying the sunshine. It's fun while still making you question a few things. For example, are our lives predestined by fate? How much control do we have over where our lives take us? Also, how do our actions affect our future? The smallest thing can set in motion a whole set of events. I also think that it makes you think about life/work balance. How much ambition is too much? I have to admit to being a pretty independent woman. I have been on my own since I was 17 and sometimes it's hard to accept help from others, even my husband. In this way, I could relate to Georgie. She is very independent and she likes to work hard. This has caused some rifts in her marriage and it's up to her to fix them. While I really enjoyed this novel, it is pretty light. I would have liked to see a little bit more character development and a little more interaction between Georgie and Neal. I'd say that's a pretty small gripe and Rowell is on my auto-buy list. Go out and get this for your cottage days/beach days.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked this book... This was a great book! I loved the idea of talking to your younger husband/boyfriend. I wish I could do that! The characters in this book were likeable and funny. Georgie knows that something is wrong with her marriage to Neal, she just doesn't know how to fix it. While talking to Neal in the past (which makes for some hilarious dialogue) she rediscovers why she loves him so much, but is love enough? I have never read any other books by this author, but I think I might now. All in all, a very heartwarming tale and I would recommend this book to others.
Date published: 2014-07-20

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Landline

by Rainbow Rowell

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 9.46 × 6.38 × 1.12 in

Published: July 8, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1250049377

ISBN - 13: 9781250049377

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CHAPTER 1   Georgie pulled into the driveway, swerving to miss a bike. Neal never made Alice put it away. Apparently bicycles never got stolen back in Nebraska—and people never tried to break in to your house. Neal didn’t even lock the front door most nights until after Georgie came home, though she’d told him that was like putting a sign in the yard that said PLEASE ROB US AT GUNPOINT. “No,” he’d said. “That would be different, I think.” She hauled the bike up onto the porch and opened the (unlocked) door. The lights were off in the living room, but the TV was still on. Alice had fallen asleep on the couch watching Pink Panther cartoons. Georgie went to turn it off and stumbled over a bowl of milk sitting on the floor. There was a stack of laundry folded on the coffee table—she grabbed whatever was on the top to wipe it up. When Neal stepped into the archway between the living room and the dining room, Georgie was crouched on the floor, sopping up milk with a pair of her own underwear. “Sorry,” he said. “Alice wanted to put milk out for Noomi.” “It’s okay, I wasn’t paying attention.” Georgie stood up, wadding the wet underwear in her fist. She nodded at Alice. “Is she feeling okay?” Neal reached out and took the underwear, then picked up the bowl. “She’s fine. I told her she could wait up for you. It was this whole negotiation over eating her kal
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From New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell, comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones.

 

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 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 to him to pack up the kids and go 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?

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.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Landline   “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   “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 authe
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