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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 ...

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A New York Times Best Seller! Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Fiction of 2014! An Indie Next Pick!

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?

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Janet Maslin
This very direct, affecting book captures a sense of two people who once really needed each other and then, through the travails of marriage, work and parenthood, just lost their way. The magic phone becomes Ms. Rowell's way to rewrite It's a Wonderful Life…There's nothing sophisticated about Landline, nor is there any clutter. But there's the simple story of a woman suddenly able to imagine how important her husband has been to her, and how easily she managed to overlook him. 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.
Publishers Weekly
Rowell follows up children’s novels Fangirl and Eleanor and Park, both released in 2013, with an adult novel about the ups and downs of marriage. Georgie McCool (yes, that’s her real name) is a successful TV writer with a handsome writing partner and a chance to finally take her career to the next level; she’s just been offered her own pilot, which means no more writing jokes for characters she didn’t invent. The only problem? Her husband, Neal, is growing increasingly discontent with Georgie’s endless work and his status as stay-at-home dad to their daughters, Noomi and Alice. When Georgie cancels the family trip over Christmas, Neal takes the girls and leaves Georgie behind. This is where the story gets interesting. When Georgie calls Neal’s home, she doesn’t reach the husband who’s on the verge of leaving her—she reaches the moody cartoonist she fell in love with during college, a past version of the current Neal. This magical plot device allows Georgie to investigate what drove her and Neal apart in flashbacks, and consider whether they were ever truly happy. Rowell is, as always, a fluent and enjoyable writer—the pages whip by. Still, something about the relationship between Georgie and Neal feels hollow, like it’s missing the complexity of adult love, despite the plot’s special effects. First printing of 100,000. (July)
Kirkus Reviews
A marriage in crisis, a magical intervention and a bittersweet choice. TV writer Georgie McCool is trying to have it all, but it becomes clear that she's failing when her husband, Neal, heads to Nebraska for a family Christmas with their kids—without her. The career opportunity of a lifetime has appeared, but now her marriage may be ending as a result. What seems to be the setup for just another contemporary novel about midlife struggles takes a near-paranormal turn when Georgie finds a way to talk to Neal, but he's not the Neal who's just left her. Instead, she's talking to him in the past, right before they got engaged. As the days leading up to Christmas tick by, and Georgie goes back and forth between talking to the Neal she fell in love with and avoiding her rapidly crumbling current life, she starts to realize that she might be able to undo the complications of the present and has to decide whether she wants to. Though Rowell started her career writing adult fiction (Attachments, 2011), she leaped up the best-seller lists with teen novels that adults love too (Fangirl, 2013; Eleanor & Park, 2013); in this book, she's taken the romantic excitement of great contemporary teen literature and applied it to a more mature story, examining whether the blush of first love explored so memorably in Eleanor & Park is enough to keep a couple together forever. Her characters are instantly lovable, and the story moves quickly and only a little predictably—the ending manages to surprise and satisfy all at once. Though some teens might not be interested in the story, adult fans will love Rowell's return to a story close to their hearts.The realities of a grown-up relationship are leavened by the buoyancy and wonder of falling in love all over again.
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Praise for Landline

"Ms. Rowell is talented enough to be uncategorizable...Landline belongs to a genre of its own."—Janet Maslin for 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 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.” — 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” —

"More gentle, more real than Douglas Coupland, more smooth and also more clever than Helen Fielding. Truly, slowly, sweetly gorgeous." —The Globe & Mail

Praise for Rainbow Rowell:

“An honest, heart-wrenching portrayal of imperfect but unforgettable love.”—The Horn Book (winner of The Horn Book Award for fiction) on Eleanor & Park

“Touching and utterly real.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Fangirl

“Rowell’s writing swings from profane to profound, but it’s always real and always raw.”—Petra Mayer for NPR Books on Eleanor & Park

“Consider me a fangirl of this charming coming-of-age tale.”—Entertainment Weekly on Fangirl

Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”—John Green, The New York Times Book Review on Eleanor & Park

“Fangirl is a deliciously warmhearted nerd-power ballad destined for greatness.”—New York Journal of Books on Fangirl

“Absolutely captivating.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on Fangirl

“The pure, fear-laced, yet steadily maturing relationship Eleanor and Park develop is urgent and breathtaking and, of course, heartbreaking, too.”—Booklist (starred review) on Eleanor & Park

“Funny, hopeful, foulmouthed, sexy, and tear-jerking, this winning romance will captivate teen and adult readers alike.”—Kirkus (starred review) on Eleanor & Park



Library Journal
★ 05/01/2014
The New York Times best-selling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl makes a leap back to the world of adult relationships we last saw in her Attachments. Georgie McCool (her husband Neal didn't want her to change her killer name, either) writes with her best friend/writing soul mate, Seth, for a TV show, but they've just sold the program of their dreams to a network—as long as they can deliver four episodes by December 27. When she's supposed to be in Nebraska. With her family. For Christmas. After Neal takes the girls to Nebraska without her, Georgie's world begins to crumble. Neal seems to be dodging all of her calls until she starts phoning to the old rotary phone in her mother's house—and finds an odd connection to the past. Georgie's progress with her writing stalls as she tries to figure out her past, present, and future. VERDICT 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. [See "Editors' Spring Picks," LJ 2/15/14; national tour; library marketing.]—Julie Kane, Sweet Briar Coll. Lib., VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250049377
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 7/8/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 633
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Rainbow Rowell

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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By Rainbow Rowell

St. Martin's Press

Copyright © 2014 Rainbow Rowell
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4668-5037-8


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 kale and not using the word ‘literally’ anymore because it’s literally driving me crazy.” He looked back at Georgie on his way to the kitchen. “You hungry?”

“Yeah,” she said, following him.

Neal was in a good mood tonight. Usually when Georgie got home this late … Well, usually when Georgie got home this late, he wasn’t.

She sat at the breakfast bar, clearing a space for her elbows among the bills and library books and second-grade worksheets.

Neal walked to the stove and turned on a burner. He was wearing pajama pants and a white T-shirt, and he looked like he’d just gotten a haircut—probably for their trip. If Georgie touched the back of his head now, it’d feel like velvet one way and needles the other.

“I wasn’t sure what you wanted to pack,” he said. “But I washed everything in your hamper. Don’t forget that’s it’s cold there—you always forget that it’s cold.”

She always ended up stealing Neal’s sweaters.

He was in such a good mood tonight.…

He smiled as he made up her plate. Stir-fry. Salmon. Kale. Other green things. He crushed a handful of cashews in his fist and sprinkled them on top, then set the plate in front of her.

When Neal smiled, he had dimples like parentheses—stubbly parentheses. Georgie wanted to pull him over the breakfast bar and nose at his cheeks. (That was her standard response to Neal smiling.) (Though Neal probably wouldn’t know that.)

“I think I washed all your jeans…,” he said, pouring her a glass of wine.

Georgie took a deep breath. She just had to get this over with. “I got good news today.”

He leaned back against the counter and raised an eyebrow. “Yeah?”

“Yeah. So … Maher Jafari wants our show.”

“What’s a Maher Jafari?”

“He’s the network guy we’ve been talking to. The one who green-lit The Lobby and that new reality show about tobacco farmers.”

“Right.” Neal nodded. “The network guy. I thought he was giving you the cold shoulder.”

“We thought he was giving us the cold shoulder,” Georgie said. “Apparently he just has cold shoulders.”

“Huh. Wow. That is good news. So—” He cocked his head to the side. “—why don’t you seem happy?”

“I’m thrilled,” Georgie said. Shrilly. God. She was probably sweating. “He wants a pilot, scripts. We’ve got a big meeting to talk casting.…”

“That’s great,” Neal said, waiting. He knew she was burying the lead.

Georgie closed her eyes. “… on the twenty-seventh.”

The kitchen was quiet. She opened them. Ah, there was the Neal she knew and loved. (Truly. On both counts.) The folded arms, the narrowed eyes, the knots of muscle in both corners of his jaw.

“We’re going to be in Omaha on the twenty-seventh,” he said.

“I know,” she said. “Neal, I know.

“So? Are you planning to fly back to L.A. early?”

“No, I … we have to get the scripts ready before then. Seth thought—”


“All we’ve got done is the pilot,” Georgie said. “We’ve got nine days to write four episodes and get ready for the meeting—it’s really lucky that we have some time off from Jeff’d Up this week.”

“You have time off because it’s Christmas.”

“I know that it’s Christmas, Neal—I’m not skipping Christmas.”

“You’re not?”

“No. Just skipping … Omaha. I thought we could all skip Omaha.”

“We already have plane tickets.”

“Neal. It’s a pilot. A deal. With our dream network.”

Georgie felt like she was reading from a script. She’d already had this entire conversation, almost verbatim, this afternoon with Seth.…

“It’s Christmas,” she’d argued. They were in their office, and Seth was sitting on Georgie’s side of the big L-shaped desk they shared. He’d had her cornered.

“Come on, Georgie, we’ll still have Christmas—we’ll have the best Christmas ever after the meeting.”

“Tell that to my kids.”

“I will. Your kids love me.”

“Seth, it’s Christmas. Can’t this meeting wait?”

“We’ve already been waiting our whole career. This is happening, Georgie. Now. It’s finally happening.”

Seth wouldn’t stop saying her name.

Neal’s nostrils were flaring.

“My mom’s expecting us,” he said.

“I know,” Georgie whispered.

“And the kids … Alice sent Santa Claus a change-of-address card, so he’d know she’d be in Omaha.”

Georgie tried to smile. It was a weak effort. “I think he’ll figure it out.”

“That’s not—” Neal shoved the corkscrew in a drawer, then slammed it shut. His voice dropped. “That’s not the point.”

“I know.” She leaned over her plate. “But we can go see your mom next month.”

“And take Alice out of school?”

“If we have to.”

Neal had both hands on the counter, clenching the muscles in his forearms. Like he was retroactively bracing himself for bad news. His head was hanging down, and his hair fell away from his forehead.

“This might be our shot,” Georgie said. “Our own show.”

Neal nodded without lifting his head. “Right,” he said. His voice was soft and flat.

Georgie waited.

Sometimes she lost her place when she was arguing with Neal. The argument would shift into something else—into somewhere more dangerous—and Georgie wouldn’t even realize it. Sometimes Neal would end the conversation or abandon it while she was still making her point, and she’d just go on arguing long after he’d checked out.

Georgie wasn’t sure whether this even qualified as an argument. Yet.

So she waited.

Neal hung his head.

“What does ‘right’ mean?” she finally asked.

He pushed off the counter, all bare arms and square shoulders. “It means that you’re right. Obviously.” He started clearing the stove. “You have to go to this meeting. It’s important.”

He said it almost lightly. Maybe everything was going to be fine, after all. Maybe he’d even be excited for her. Eventually.

“So,” she said, testing the air between them. “We’ll see about visiting your mom next month?”

Neal opened the dishwasher and started gathering up dishes. “No.”

Georgie pressed her lips together and bit them. “You don’t want to take Alice out of school?”

He shook his head.

She watched him load the dishwasher. “This summer, then?”

His head jerked slightly, like something had brushed his ear. Neal had lovely ears. A little too big, and they poked out at the top like wings. Georgie liked to hold his head by his ears. When he’d let her.

She could imagine his head in her hands now. Could feel her thumbs stroking the tops of his ears, her knuckles brushing against his clippered hair.

“No,” he said again, standing up straight and wiping his palms on his pajama pants. “We’ve already got plane tickets.”

“Neal, I’m serious. I can’t miss this meeting.”

“I know,” he said, turning toward her. His jaw was set. Permanently.

Back in college, Neal had thought about joining the military; he would have been really good at the part where you have to deliver terrible news or execute a heartbreaking order without betraying how much it was costing you. Neal’s face could fly the Enola Gay.

“I don’t understand,” Georgie said.

“You can’t miss this meeting,” he said. “And we already have plane tickets. You’ll be working all week anyway. So you stay here, focus on your show—and we’ll go see my mom.”

“But it’s Christmas. The kids—”

“They can have Christmas again with you when we get back. They’ll love that. Two Christmases.”

Georgie wasn’t sure how to react. Maybe if Neal had been smiling when he said that last thing …

He motioned at her plate. “Do you want me to heat that back up for you?”

“It’s fine,” she said.

He nodded his head, minimally, then brushed past her, leaning over just enough to touch his lips to her cheek. Then he was in the living room, lifting Alice up off the couch. Georgie could hear him shushing her—“It’s okay, sweetie, I’ve got you”—and climbing the stairs.

Copyright © 2014 by Rainbow Rowell


Excerpted from Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Copyright © 2014 Rainbow Rowell. Excerpted by permission of St. Martin's Press.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2014

    "fowl" language?

    In deciding whether to purchase a book, I often taken into account reviewers opinions of it. One in particular has me concerned, since they mentioned "fowl language".
    Does this story involve poultry conversing? I don't speak chicken (or turkey or duck, for that matter).
    On the other hand if the person meant "foul language" then I'll give it a read. Swearing, when called for in a story, doesn't bother me.

    9 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Goodest book ever

    Nobody cant take this book away from me

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    If you're looking for a heart wrenching book like E&P, this

    If you're looking for a heart wrenching book like E&P, this book is not it. Ever since E&P came out I've fallen in love with Rainbow Rowell and was excited when I heard a new book would be coming out but this book was terrible. It was very predictable and she tried too much to be different by adding as many gay characters as she could. I set my expectations high for her but this one was a disappointment.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Based solely on the blurb, I'm not sure I would have picked this

    Based solely on the blurb, I'm not sure I would have picked this book up if it had been written by anyone else. It's safe to say, though, that I'm down to read anything that Rainbow Rowell writes. Keeping up with the current trend, Landline was a wonderful book and I've yet to read anything disappointing by Rainbow.

    Like everything else I've read by Rainbow, Landline was nearly impossible to put down. Forget everything else, I just want to sit and read for hours on end. That's pretty much what I did (much to my husband's irritation... hey, he can feed himself! I've seen him do it.) until I finished the book. The story flows effortlessly and before you know it, you're halfway through the book with no signs of stopping.

    Not only does Rainbow write realistic characters (I love her dialogue most of all), but she writes an authentic love. Sometimes, in mature/longer relationships, we need to be reminded that we love our significant other. We need to be reminded of why we love them. It's not as if that love has disappeared or is gone forever. It's just that love has been buried by time and by life. Those things, no matter how much you love your significant other, affect your relationship. Landline is Georgie's story of finding her way back to her husband. No, it's not about finding that new passionate love. It's about rekindling that love with her husband. It's about saving her marriage.

    I was thoroughly impressed with this book. It was even better than I imagined it to be.

    You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2014

    Rainbow Rowell is a word wizard.  I loved Landline to the point

    Rainbow Rowell is a word wizard. 

    I loved Landline to the point that I don't know how to adequately talk about it because anything I say isn't going to do this book justice and/or will just end up sounding like hyperbole. 

    My best example of why this book made me so incredibly happy is that there is an Amy Sherman-Palladino reference that made me bounce with happiness and now all I want is for Rainbow and Amy to team up and do something together so that I can pass out from my elation. You can't know how happy the Amy Sherman-Palladino reference made me. 

    Also, it's largely about love and what love means and how different people define it and look at it and comprehend it. Which sounds like a large, unwieldy topic, but Rainbow is able to grasp it in a way that makes so much sense. Because she is a word wizard. And also a delight. Landline is a book I will absolutely be a book I read when I feel down because it just makes me so happy. 

    Read it. Just. Read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2014

    Enjoyable Read

    This was an enjoyable read with a lot of light humor that was fun and addicting at the same time. Great summer read hanging at the beach or pool. Not to forget a cozy winter day by the fireplace. Kept me grinning all the way through!

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  • Posted September 28, 2014

     I absolutely like this book. It started off weak for me, and I

     I absolutely like this book. It started off weak for me, and I couldn’t pick the book up for a full week because of the boredom I went through while trying to read the first few chapters. I had to stop and push myself to keep going. A lot of people I’ve spoken to said that it does get better, and they weren’t wrong. It did get better, not a lot better than the beginning but it improved. I really wish this book didn’t disappoint me, but I guess I was expecting too much. With a lot of Rainbow’s books I find myself bored in the first ten chapters, but after that it gets better. And to me, ten chapters is a lot, I would understand three, or even five to get us introduced to the world and appreciating it. BUT not ten. While I love Rainbow’s writing, I guess I just don’t appreciate her pace and maybe her books just aren’t for me. I guess I’m more of an Action loving kind of girl. 
     It  was very cute throughout the whole thing. It had great dialogue, but dragged on a bit in certain areas. I loved the idea of the plot, it's brilliant, and was carried through very well. I just really wished the book didn’t take so long to get into. I like it a lot, but I can't say I love it. A part I did love was when we saw a little cameo of Cath and Levi :') So much feels throughout that part!! -- Even though this book didn't live up to my expectations, I'll still continue to get excited and read Rainbow's books. I still very much recommend this book, if you’re into contemporary and have read her other books then you should definitely give it a go! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2014

    It was good

    I read Eleanor and Park and fell so deeply in love with that story that I went and looked up all of Rainbow Rowells books. I think the marriage in this story was very realistic and the characters were realistic. I will say though, that this story didn't capture me like E&P. I liked the idea of a magic phone but I did find myself uninterested at times. I will say that this story is worth giving it a chance. Now off to read the rest of her books.

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  • Posted August 8, 2014


    Not a bad book just didn't hold my attention

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  • Posted August 1, 2014


    Different, but good.

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  • Posted August 1, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    A Must Read

    A great romance/humor novel that focuses on real love after I do's. I

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    Poorly written

    Very blah! The ending was boring and predictable. I dont understand the contant use fowl language. No one i know talks that way. It's not necessary. I won't waste my time on another book by this author.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2014

    I absolutely fell in love with Rainbow's book, Eleanor and Park,

    I absolutely fell in love with Rainbow's book, Eleanor and Park, so I was extremely excited to read her latest book. This book is definitely not YA, and is a modern twist to the movie, "Back to the Future" and "Scrooge". What would happen if you could go back in time and rework your troubled marriage? Would you make the same choices? Would the ending still be the same? These are the questions Georgie finds answers to, as she faces the possible demise of her marriage.

    The story follows Georgie and her husband, Neal, as Georgie connects with her past through the yellow old rotary phone hidden in her childhood bedroom closet. Georgie is at a crossroads and is faced with the decision of: spending Christmas with her family or meeting a deadline and pitching a new show. As many women will identify with: career vs. family, Rainbow raises interesting questions as readers follow Georgie over the course of 1 week. Told through Georgie's point of view, Rainbow gives reader a well-rounded character and helps readers see how quickly work can become the other person in a marriage, and ultimately the cause for breaking a relationship up.

    Rainbow Rowell gives readers an inside glimpse into Georgie's interesting family: her mom is a sexy Cougar, her sister is "hiding in the closet", and Georgie is stuck in the 80's. While the story kept me glued to each page, it would have been interesting to have had the book told by Neal's point of view, too, and to have had a little more story development about her sister, Heather. I loved the way the book all tied up nicely at the end, although it would have been great had Neal given more clues about knowing something magical happened between the two of them, while both rekindled their romance on a landline.

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  • Posted July 16, 2014

    This book was phenomenal. As an avid Rainbow Rowell reader, Land

    This book was phenomenal. As an avid Rainbow Rowell reader, Landline didn't disappoint me. I couldn't put it down, and neither will you. If I may, definitely think of making Landline your next beach read as it is a quick but engrossing read.  

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  • Posted July 11, 2014

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    I like women's fiction - I like family drama - I  like an unexpe

    I like women's fiction - I like family drama - I  like an unexpected twist and a story that doesn't make you want to have a stiff drink at the end.  And this book absolutely fit the bill.  I haven't read Rainbow's two YA novels - YET.  I got this galley from the publisher and wanted to take it for a ride because she's become popular with the YA readers.  What I didn't expect was that I would so thoroughly enjoy her humor - her dialogue - her way of keeping me guessing - and guessing - and guessing.  Each time I thought I had figured out what was going on - I was delightfully WRONG.  It was heart warming and bittersweet - all at the same time.  And there were poignant little lines that stuck with me like peanut butter - in the best way.  I enjoyed the characters and the realistic dialogue - they were every-person types of people.  People we know - people we love - people we could be.  I read through it with relish - and have now bumped Fangirl and Eleanor & Park to the top section of my "to read" list.  Rainbow, I'm adding you to my list of favorite, fun authors - it you like Cecelia Ahern or Sarah Addison Allen - give Rainbow a whirl!

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

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    Original review on Books Turn Brains Before I start, I feel lik

    Original review on Books Turn Brains

    Before I start, I feel like I need to say that Landline is the first "adult fiction" book I've read in a very long time (other than reading assigned during college). I picked it up because I loved Fangirl and really enjoyed Eleanor & Park. That being said, Landline was an interesting experience for me.

    My one sentence "review" on it would be: I liked it, but I also have confused feelings about it.

    I really liked the characters. They're real and not idealized. The whole story is very realistic. Landline is about a crumbling marriage, and balancing what's really important in life. It's about work, friends, family, sacrifice, and second chances.

    While these are serious themes, Rowell writes in such an engaging and accessible way. It adds to how real the characters feel, and really gives me a chance to relate and connect with the emotions and thoughts the characters have to feel and process.

    So, ultimately, it's the characters--Georgie, Neal, and Seth--that really hooked me in and made me want to read their story. I wanted to know more about them, what made them tick. I wanted to know more about their history to see how they got to where they are when the story takes place. The supporting characters--Alice, Noomie, as well as Georgie and Neal's families--were wonderful. They added some fun and flavor to a story that would otherwise be sort of completely heartbreaking. They added some comic relief, but there was enough backstory that they didn't feel superfluous. They were necessary for the story to be what it is.

    My confused feelings are honestly regarding the fact that Christmas is the holiday the story revolves around. Especially when Landline is being published, well, right now in July. For whatever reason I feel a disconnect that I don't think I'd be feeling had I read this in November, December, or January. While I'm aware that this isn't a "Christmas Book," there are a lot of elements to it that feel very Christmas miracle-y, or maybe a little Christmas Carol-y.

    In the end, it's a very realistic story about a woman who has lost sight of what's important at the end of the day, and has to work through what that means, what she wants, and what she needs to do or fix to get where she wants to go and to be who she wants to be.

    TL;DR? For my first "adult" read in a very long time, Landline, did not disappoint. The characters are great, and you get invested in their story. Also it's out today! Go find it in the wild and enjoy!

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  • Posted July 8, 2014

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    Landline is the type of book I wouldn¿t generally pick up. Books

    Landline is the type of book I wouldn’t generally pick up. Books about married people with children (and drama) aren’t really my thing. I find it difficult to relate to what the characters are going through and that keeps me from fully connecting with them. Despite all this, Landline landed a (very) high spot on my must read list – so much so that I waited in line for over an hour and a half at BEA to get an ARC. “Why?” you might ask. This book has two things going for it those other books don’t: 1) it’s written by Rainbow Rowell and 2) magic. phone.

    What I loved most about this book was that it was so unique and entirely Rainbow. I can’t imagine one other author who could pull off the story she did in Landline in the way she did it. I don’t think anyone else could. The concept was brilliant and executed flawlessly. I was completely enraptured in all the moments of Georgie’s life – past and present. It’s easy to become complacent in any relationship and not give it the time and energy necessary for it to flourish. Georgie has learned this the hard way. As she evaluated her relationship with Neal and what she ultimately wanted out of life, I fell in love with both characters. I rooted for them and smiled through sweet moments and shed (more than) a few tears in the tougher times. They weren’t perfect, but they were so very right together.

    Landline had all the amazing things I’ve come to expect from Rainbow’s Books. The characters were amazing and complicated, the dialogue incredible. There was a ton of humor and heart and a whole damn boatload of feels and emotions. And did I mention a magic phone? It’s something that could be really cheesy if handled in the wrong way, but instead comes off absolutely brilliantly.

    Rainbow’s writing is always so beautiful and poignant and Landline is no exception. My reviews of her books are usually riddled with quotes, but I had a tougher time with this one because I read it in paperback and I refused to defile it with highlights. But trust me when I say there are a lot of beautiful words in this book.

    I was a giant ball of emotions while reading this book. As with Rainbow’s other books, there were moments that had me laughing and others that made me just about cry my face off. Though she’s handling the tough reality of a relationship that is in trouble, she does it in a way that was never too angsty or painful. There were a ton of really special moments that made me feel SO MUCH but I can’t tell you because I don’t want to ruin anything for you.

    This is a book I’ll reread over and over again. There’s not one single thing I would have changed about it and I can’t recommend it highly enough. So many giant fuzzy pink hearts (and yellow phones) for this one. I wish I could give it more than 5 stars.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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