Published by: St. Martin's Press on July 8, 2014
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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 feel a bit let down with Landline. On the one hand, I actually quite liked the book as I was reading it. It was an interesting story and I loved the idea of Georgie communicating with the teenage version of her husband. It was sweet! I really liked the idea of a book about a struggling romance. It was almost a bit weird for me to be reading it right before my own wedding, haha. It was fun though, and an interesting/sad thing to read about.
But for me, the downfall was the ending. What happened there?? This really broke the story for me because I felt left with more confusion and questions than satisfaction and answers. There was quite a big build up and then… bleh.
Why was Neal basically ignoring Georgie? That was the biggest question for me. Throughout the book, Georgie was trying to call Neal and he just completely ignored her calls time and time again. Then this was never explained! It was kind of a dick move, and it was just ignored.
The story made me fall in love with the past version of Neal, but the present version was just a huge question mark. Who was this guy? How has he changed? And again, WHY WAS HE IGNORING GEORGIE?? View Spoiler » [There was even a worry that Neal was cheating on Georgie. Or if not cheating, then at least wishing he could. He was supposedly spending a lot of time with his ex-fiancée.. but this is NEVER explained. At the end, Georgie just accepted everything without question and brushed off his aloof, moody behaviour. Who cares if he ignored all her called; who cares if he spent all his time with his ex-fiancée without an explanation; who cares if he was giving her the cold shoulder… I DO!! I want answers! Georgie may have been okay with it, but I was not!! « Hide Spoiler]
Landline started with potential, but the ending ruined everything. It just made me feel like the book was all for nothing. Nothing is worse than a decent book with an ending that completely misses the mark.
I had one major home run with Rainbow Rowell: Attachments. All the other books have been either ‘okay’ or a complete miss for me: Eleanor & Park (1.5 stars), Fangirl (3 stars), and now Landline with another 3 stars.
I wonder if it’s time for me to break up with Rainbow Rowell. 🙁
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