Landline is the newest book by one of my favorite authors, Rainbow Rowell. In Landline, she is going back to where she started with an adult novel (Eleanor & Park and Fangirl were two of my favorite books of 2013, and are YA books). I received an ARC of this book for review and had to hold off from reading it asap, as I wanted to read it at the same time as my co-worker to discuss. And then I went and jumped the gun anyway. Oops.
I wasn't as immediately wrapped up in this story as I have been with some of her other books. But to be fair, while I was reading Fangirl, I didn't want to stop reading because I actually felt like I was a part of their world and didn't want the spell to break, and I realize that's pretty darn rare.
This book will definitely resonate with couples that have been together for a long time, and above all is a really great love story.
Also, there were pugs. Did I mention there were pugs?? Because OMG PUGS. She didn't even need to include pugs for me to like the story, but she did anyway. This is true author/reader kinship, for sure.
Read it. Now.
My rating: 4.5 stars.
Summary from goodreads:
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?