Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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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?

My Rating: ★★★    (3.7/5)

Summary: The novel revolves around Georgie who is a 37-year-old writer of a comedy show that is married to Neal. They are supposed to be going to Omaha for Christmas when she told him she can’t come because the show she’s working on got a deal on a network they cannot miss, an opportunity they cannot let go. So the kids and Neal have no choice but to go to Omaha without her.

When they left, her family thought they’re broken up but they’re certainly not, are they?

At first, she can still function even though she hasn’t heard anything from her husband who’s hundreds of kilometers away from her but eventually, she became preoccupied of her thoughts about Neal and Dawn, about their relationship, or just about Neal. Neal. Neal. Neal.

Since the kids and her husband left, she didn’t came home to their house, instead she stayed at her mom’s house with her stepsister and stepfather. So, she slept on her old teenage room to found out about her old yellow telephone who happens to call the past Neal. Is it time travelling when only her voice can travel?? Not really. Then, she thought it is her opportunity to fix her broken marriage, to start over.

But then, she found out that she’s not going to try and fix her marriage but make Neal come to her and travel to LA to ask for her hands.

That time 15 years ago, Neal was on his way to Georgie’s house and that time at the present, Georgie is on her way to Omaha, to her home, Neal.

Review: The novel is realistic to the point where a lot can relate to it, especially to Georgie and Neal’s relationship problems. It started harsh, the way the problem was presented at the start but in the following chapters, I cannot say that it smoothly pays off but it does eventually.

The characters are real, I guess you’ll see yourself in either Neal’s or Georgie’s character when Georgie was stuck in a situation where she should choose between career or family or with Neal who gave everything up for love but it doesn’t mean he got what he wanted, his happiness? You choose!

The magical, majestic element of the novel is just right to add up to the number of stressful, exciting and crazy moments. It made it more exciting and more ‘unputdownable’, haha!! But, at some point, I think it is not necessary. I think it became an accessory to the story because it does not add something for the protagonist to come up to her decision at the end, where Georgie went to Omaha becuase of her family. I felt like she could reach that realization without the phone.

The novel gave me so much feels, it made me sad! It made my heart ache at some points whenever Georgie is missing his husband and overthinking everything in their relationship!

In a nutshell, I liked it. The novel touches not just love but career, family and of course, self worth. It does not give the readers an idealistic view on relationship, instead a realistic one.

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