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Of Magic Phones and Marriages

by Kenna Marcelo

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Bedside story

Georgie McCool is having a not-so-cool December. She’s a couple of scripts away from getting her dream job and has to let her husband and two kids celebrate Christmas in Omaha by themselves.

Left in the city of LA pursuing her dreams, Georgie stumbles upon her old landline through which she could talk to her 15-year-old-ago-husband.

Georgie time travels to the past and looks back on her life, questioning whether she’s doing the right thing pursuing her dreams and whether it’s too late to be with the real love of her life.

In the end, it asks us: If you had a magic phone that could connect to the past, who would be the first person you would call?

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Up in the clouds

Did Rainbow Rowell just name her lead character, Georgie McCool? Yes, she did.

What’s often difficult to explain is described in easily relatable situations in the book.

“How does anyone ever know whether love is enough? It’s an idiotic question. Like, if you fall in love, if you’re that lucky, who are you to even ask whether it’s enough to make you happy?”

“Wasn’t that the point of life? To find someone to share it with? And if you got that part right, how far wrong could you go? If you were standing next to the person you loved more than everything else, wasn’t everything else just scenery?”

Landline is a bit different from Rainbow’s other books, the only one that didn’t make me cry like a baby, but probably the one where I learned the most from.

Blink and you still won’t miss it

I wish I knew more about the husband and I wish it didn’t feel too dragging at times.


A book not to be missed for the summer. Be inspired and learn to love more. ☁


Kenna Marcelo is a “promiscuous reader” from the Philippines, currently living in the desert of Dubai. She also happens to be a “sharer” and gives away free books. She blogs and tweets when she’s not reading.

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