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3.55  ·  Rating details ·  156,167 ratings  ·  19,057 reviews
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 write
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Alex Absolutely not! This is in no way a good book to try and get back into the romance genre. The writing is juvenile, all the characters are unlikeable, …moreAbsolutely not! This is in no way a good book to try and get back into the romance genre. The writing is juvenile, all the characters are unlikeable, and ultimately the whole story unbelievable. I'm just annoyed at myself for having wasted time reading the whole thing. (less)

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Nikki Plummer
Apr 30, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've loved all Rainbow Rowell's other books, but this one just didn't do it for me. The premise was ridiculous and I hated pretty much every character except Heather. Especially Neal, GOD I hated Neal, what an awful, miserable person. I'm really confused as to how he's supposed to be an appealing character since he's not even described with any redeeming qualities really - an unattractive guy who never laughs, smiles or expresses his feelings in any way, apart from just silently projecting miser ...more
Re-Read Review March 16, 2019: Still good, but not my fave of hers. Like, 4.5 stars. If I had to rate all her books, this one would be nearer to the bottom, just above Eleanor & Park, and that's purely personal preference speaking. All of the Rowells are Quality. (I have no idea what to expect for the forthcoming Pumpkinheads, but I am nevertheless excited in my ignorance.)

This is definitely the most adult of her books, not a true romance, but a story of marriage and the hard work and heartbreak
Wendy Darling
DNF about halfway through. As always, I like the author's narrative voice, but as a character sketch of a marriage, this wasn't quite sharp enough or funny enough or emotional enough for my taste. I also find Georgie's profession rather jarring, in that it was rather unrealistically portrayed in both the details and in Georgie's character. Had I never read Liane Moriarty, who writes excellent books that humorously dissect marriages and relationships, and had I never worked in entertainment, I mi ...more
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since this book hasn't been released yet (MWAHAHA I READ IT BEFORE EVERYONE!) I'm not going to say too much here, but I will be mentioning it on my channel closer to the release date. For now, here is a little blurb of my thoughts:

This was a really different read, and I realized when finishing it that a big part of that is because it is NOT Young Adult. The cover looks it, Rainbow Rowell writes young adult, but this is adult and it shows. It's darker, it's more realistic, and it's less idealisti
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
"You don't know when you're twenty-three.

You don't know what it really means to crawl into someone else's life and stay there. You can't see all the ways you're going to get tangled, how you're going to bond skin to skin. How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten -- in fifteen...

She didn't know it at twenty-three."

This book guys. THIS BOOK. I finished this book in a handful amount of hours in one sitting. Now I know why everybody seems to praise Rainbow Rowell so
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

or Fate, Time, Television and True Love

The funny thing with Landline is that I didn’t even fully mean to reread it, I just started the first few pages and then bang I was flying through it in true Rainbow Rowell fashion (see: Why I Fangirl over Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl (Spoilers: Levi)). I felt like I was at an all-you-can-eat buffet, filling myself with one more page, one more...

As far as time machines go, a magic telephone is pretty useless.

TV writer Georgie McCool can’t actu
Elyse  Walters
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
I saw a friend reading this book just now - and remembered I read it early last year. Since it won "BEST FICTION" on Goodreads in 2014.....I figured then it must be worth a $1.99. ...( the sale price at the time).
It was sooooo 'fair' that when I saw that my overdrive library had it available, too, - I thought it might be better as an audio -- afterall - the name of the book is called "Landline".

Well- reading it - or listening to it - I enjoyed this conversation ( the story), for about as long a
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
i have to hand it to rainbow rowell. even though her books tend to be a hit or near miss for me, i think its very neat how, across four books, she has managed to effortlessly capture what it means to live during four different stages of life - high school, college, working/dating young adult, and working/married adult. really kinda cool if you think about it. and even though this was one of those near misses for me, it still was a really cute story.

the writing in this is classic rainbow rowell.
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gosh, rereading this book again was so fulfilling. I forgot how incredibly inventive and unique Rainbow Rowell’s writing was. How wholesome her characters are how wholesome reading the whole story felt.

It’s a love story. It’s about a marriage that is on the brink of failure and the characters holding on to the remaining scraps of their marriage. Do you give up your career to save your marriage or not? What’s more important? What ultimately brings you happiness?

Everything about it felt so real
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
Landline = Lame. Seriously, this won goodreads best fiction book in 2014? I beg to differ. This was predictable and boring. A landline to the past Georgie uses to contact her current husband who has decided to spend Christmas with his 2 daughters at his family's home in Omaha. Why? Because Georgie is a comedy writer and has to work on a show. I don't get the hype around this one - wasn't worth the read and I'm glad I didn't purchase it. ...more
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Not quite three stars but almost there.^^

Oh wow! I never thought I’d say this of a Rainbow Rowell novel but my reading experience with this one bordered between a little “meh” and sort of “like”. It’s interesting because it’s a story about an old yellow landline that magically lets 2013 Georgie talk to her husband, Neal, in his 1998 version. It’s a little “meh” because after more than 310 pages, nothing big really happened.

Georgie and Neal’s marriage is at the brink of falling off the cliff
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
IMPORTANT NOTE: if you don't want to be spoiled for the TV show lost, hold off on reading this book until you are done watching it. ~*~PSA OVER~*~

I really enjoyed this book a lot. It may be more of a 4.5...I'll have to sit on it. It's heartbreaking and wonderful and full of feels, but still not my favorite Rowell book I don't think. Pretty great nonetheless!
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult
I really enjoyed this! Georgie was a bit of a frustrating character at times but overall it was a really cute read! Video review to come!
Jaime Arkin
Everything about this was exactly perfect.... I can't wait to own a copy.

Full review to come soon

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Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
Landline is different from what I expected: first of all it's an adult book which I only realized when I started it, but this is totally my fault and also not a bad thing. I was due for an adult book. And, unlike her usual contemporary reads, this one has a bit of a paranormal vibe to it. I'm not sure how I felt about this at first, I loved the mind-f*ck nature of it, but it has an element that very rarely impresses me (view spoiler), so I was afraid of the directio ...more
Meow! Ah, Rainbow Rowell, you have stolen my heart yet again. Another beautiful, heartfelt, emotionally rewarding, and insanely hilarious novel from start to finish. This book made me smile. Rowell's novels are like comfort food. They always make you feel warm and happy inside. Georgie McCool, you're one crazy nut, and Neal, you're the coolest little hobbit I ever did know. lol I enjoyed reading about Georgie and Neal's backstory as a couple. Rowell's various characters are relatable, quirky, si ...more
✨ A ✨
2nd Read March 2019

Rainbow Rowell has this way of writing that makes me not want to blink. I read and read and read until I hear the birds chirping and realise - oh shit the sun is rising.

This is a book about a marriage on the rocks. It's also about how Georgie and Neal met, fell in love and how they got to where they are now.

Separated for the Christmas season, Georgie knows that she has to do something to repair what is broken between them. But that's hard to do when Neal is half way across t
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweethearts, books
3.5/5 ⭐️
This book wasn't what I expected!
Dec 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014, ebook
I always find it quite a shame when the concept of a book is thwarted by its development. Like the author came up with a great idea for a book but wasn't able to write down a story up to the standards of that idea.

That's what I feel that happened with 'Landline'. The idea that somebody in the present could talk with someone from the past over a landline phone sounds really interesting. The way Rowell spun her story around this idea was not so.

A thirty seven year-old woman named Georgie McCool ch
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Love love loved it! I would've given it 5, but it ended too soon!!
Ally  Cakes
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I need this book now. Everything Rowell touches turns to gold. Love all her books. How can you not? Lincoln, Park and Levi. Need I say more??!
Nov 07, 2016 rated it liked it
A small advice: listen to the audiobook. I'm pretty sure if I have read the book, it would have bored me to death. You see, almost nothing is happening at the present time, and with lots of phone calls and dialogues, the audiobook was great.


As a TV show writer, Georgie McCool couldn't decline the greatest opportunity in her career even if it meant spending Christmas without her family. You see, she can't go to Omaha with her husband Neil and her two girls, she have to stay in Los Ang
Sep 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
*This review contains language that some people would consider impolite. If you don’t like swears, don’t read it*

Well this wasn't completely awful... (EDIT: oh, actually, it turns out it was... See final para). I'm naturally wary of these types of books, expecting them to be populated by drippy women who seriously need to get their shit together but instead spend their entire time fretting over some total d-bag (EDIT: after writing this review I realised that this book was exactly like that afte
Robin (Bridge Four)
“Fitting together is something you work at. It’s something you make happen—because you love each other.

There are reasons that this book resonates with me. It hits home on so many of my own fears and hopes and dreams. Not so much the magic telephone part of it because I came from a time when rotary phones weren’t just a novelty item but the I’ve been with the same person for so long that sometimes I forget we are two individual people instead of just one entity.
You don't know what
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

*4.5 stars*

WAY better than I was expecting. I sort of fell in love with this one.

When it comes to audiobooks, it is nearly impossible to sort out what is good simply because the writing was good and what was good because the narrator was good. In this case, it was both. This is the second audiobook that I've listened to from Rainbow Rowell, the first being Attachments, and both narrators were amazing. Rebecca Lowman was a total pro, nailing each character. Her male voices were sexy, something th
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**3.5-stars rounded up**

I enjoyed my time reading Landline. It was a case of picking up the right book at exactly the right time.

I have been reading a lot of heavy SFF and Horror and my mind felt like it had too many worlds being built in it.

This was the perfect 'this world/this time' tale that I could listen to without too many mental acrobatics!

I went into this without knowing too much about it and I am so glad. It was such a fun and unique concept. I would classify it as a very modern retel
2.5 stars

I really thought I was going to like this novel, but in truth had to force myself to finish it. The storyline is interesting.....Dad plays Mr. Mom with two cute kids and breadwinner Mom chooses work over family during the holidays that puts further strain on the marriage (no spoiler here).......but the dialogue (on and off the magic time-traveling phone) was just a bit too contrived, and at times, even pointless and corny.....but hey, do not listen to me. This novel won the 2014 GR Best

Kristina Horner
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, adult
I loved this book! I really loved it so much - the characters were all so real and so likable despite their flaws, and I felt every emotion in the book so fully. It made me laugh, it made me worry, and it really made me take a good long look at my own life/relationship to make sure I'm working as hard as I can from each and every point onward.

It left me feeling so happy and hopeful and I really couldn't put it down the whole time I was reading it. Highly recommended.
Steph Sinclair
More of a 3.5.

Georgie McCool is at the peak of her TV writing career with the news of the one show she and her best friend, Seth, had been dreaming about since they first started working together right out of college. It’s everything she’s ever wanted. The only problem is, she’d have to skip the family Christmas vacation to Omaha that’s been planned weeks in advanced. Neal, being the kind and loving husband that he is, doesn’t push her, but is visibly upset that Georgie considers staying behind
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Gah. People just do not appreciate how good Rainbow Rowell's writing is. Oh well. I suppose it's to be expected considering we are living in the age of the overwrought cliche and the weird sex-type-thing.

I'll admit I wasn't as excited about Landline as I was about Rowell's other books, so color me genuinely surprised when I liked this one as much as I did. Her dialogue is stellar, and I always manage to find myself amazed at how easy it is. How natural and real and flowing. People do speak to ea
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Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK, FANGIRL and THE SIMON SNOW BOOKS.). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguin

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