Book Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 mini-review:

“Georgie. You cannot be jealous of Dawn—that’s like the sun being jealous of a lightbulb.”

I already hate myself for even thinking this, but, if Rainbow Rowell’s other novels are the sun, then Landline is a lightbulb (in my opinion). The book isn’t bad. She writes everything well and I always enjoy her characters and I’ve never had trouble finishing her books. Perhaps my expectations are just too high because I’ve been so impressed by the other novels. I should also mention that this isn’t really a YA novel. I’m still too much of an adolescent to truly understand stories about marriage, divorce, and children, but it wasn’t terribly hard to read either. It read like a YA novel because Rainbow is good at what she does.

★★★ (3.5 stars) for almost making me look forward to being married (but only if it’s with someone who will never give up on me, no matter how shitty I am).

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