by Kenna Marcelo

THE STORY

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? / Read reviews: Goodreads

WHAT I LIKED

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.

Art by Kenna Marcelo

HOWEVER…

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

tl;dr

Landline by Rainbow Rowell is a book not to be missed for the summer. Be inspired and learn to love more. ☁

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