Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Challenge criteria: A book by a favourite author


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?

Image via Goodreads

What I liked:

I loved the little cameo from Cath and Levi from Fangirl towards the end of the book. It reminded me of one of my favourite books, and of course it’s always nice to have a little interconnection in the worlds Rainbow writes.

While a lot of people don’t enjoy reading about career driven and work focused female characters, I actually liked Georgie. Not only was she completely focused on her career, but she also clearly adored her two girls. Every phone call with them really warmed my heart as I read.

What I didn’t like:

Often, I found it hard to distinguish between the action from 1998 and that in 2013. I would have liked that to be a little clearer laid out.

Obviously, it’s hard to give my thoughts on the ending without revealing what happened, but I was quite disappointed by how it ended. It was exactly what I had hoped wouldn’t happen.

Out of five?:

Three. I still love Rainbow’s work overall, but this one just wasn’t for me.


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