BOOKTALK// Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline-Rainbow-RowellGeorgie 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?

This book was sent to me for free by Orion (after I stalked the editor and begged for a copy) in exchange for a review.

First I will get the fangirly part out of the way.

OH-MY-GOSH-NEW-RAINBOW-ROWELL-AND-SO-SOON-AFTER-FANGIRL-OH-MY-GOSH-ITS-JUST-SO-WONDERFUL-AND-I-LOVE-IT-AND-I-JUST-WANT-TO-READ-EVERYTHING-SHE-EVER-WRITES-EVER-HOW-IS-SHE-SO-GOOD?!?!

I received this book on Saturday the 15th February and dropped my entire life so that I could read it straight away. I finished it on the 16th February at around 2:30am. That’s how good it was.

What I love so much about Rowell’s work is that each book is completely different and, therefore, incomparable. I love Fangirl. I love Eleanor and Park. And now, I love Landline. While I do have a personal favourite (Eleanor and Park) I feel like you can start with any one of her books and fall hopelessly in love with the way that she draws people. That’s what her characters are. They are fully rounded, fatally flawed but totally brilliant people. They are so real.

The story for Landline is particularly brilliant because it is strikingly original. It just seems to be what Rowell does. She takes a done concept (in this case, the breakdown of a marriage) and adds something that makes it so different and original that it feels completely new. Eleanor and Park shouldn’t be as brilliant as it is because, on the face of it, it’s a love story, but it’s so much more than that. It is two people finding love through art and literature and music and developing an understanding for one another that transcends the problems they face with their families. It is an amazing talent.

Then there are just so many ways that Rowell twists the plot so that you are continuously active as a reader. I was sat in my bed on Saturday evening torn between what I wanted Georgie to do next. I went back and forth so many times on how I thought the book would end and how I thought it would go and Rowell still managed to surprise me. I think Rainbow Rowell is one of my favourite, if not my all time favourite, author. Her writing is wonderful and her storytelling is second to none. I’m going to have to read Attachments soon to complete my collection!

Landline is released in the UK on the 31/07/14 and if you don’t buy it, then you are just wrong…seriously…

★★★★★

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