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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  51,275 ratings  ·  7,587 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
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 8th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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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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Ashley
Updated September 6, 2014: Ugh, trying to write about each successive Rainbow Rowell novel gets more and more difficult. How many different ways are there to say THIS WAS SO GOOD. HER WORDS ARE SO GOOD. HER CHARACTERS SO GOOD. EVERYTHING GOOD. RELATE SO MUCH. HELP.

That's pretty much all I feel like saying, because even over a month later, my feelings about this book are so jumbly wumbly it's hard to get them to sit still long enough to make them cohesive enough to write about.

Granted, having nev
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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
Ariel
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
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Kira
*No Spoilers*

Still love ya, Rainbow, but not my favorite book from you.

If you're reading reviews for Landline, you're either killing time till the book is released or you've never read a Rainbow Rowell book. How do I know? Because once you've read a Rainbow Rowell book you stop looking at the synopses and reviews (which never do much for me anyway) and just click the "buy it now" button. She has some sort of magic that makes her characters come to life, she writes dialogue that is so authentic
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Giselle
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
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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Ally  Cakes
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??!
Nikki Plummer
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 - a short, fat guy who never laughs, smiles or expresses his feelings in any way, apart from just silently projecting misery a ...more
Jen
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.
Rachel ♥Reads Ravenously♥
3.75 to 4 stars!

“I love you more than I hate everything else.”

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Landline is the story of Georgie, a sitcom television writer in LA on the verge of getting her own tv series to write, along with her best friend Seth. When Georgie tells her husband Neal that she can't join him and the family in Omaha for Christmas, he does the unexpected and leaves with their kids without her.

“Nobody's lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It's something you make happen - becau
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
**Audiobook edition**

*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 we
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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
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Aimee
Jan 13, 2014 Aimee marked it as to-read
Shelves: covergasm

I want this.
Thomas
3.5 stars

Who knew a work of adult fiction could be so cute? I guess it's not too much of a surprise, considering the author. Rainbow Rowell had me giggling like crazy with Eleanor & Park and swooning in college-kid empathy with Fangirl. Even though Landline features adult relationships with more simmer and less spark, it still showcases what Rainbow Rowell does best: creating human connections that resonate with authentic emotion.

Landline shines brightest when Rowell writes about Georgie and
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Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Landline is a book that envelops you in its characters and their failing relationship . Georgie and Neal are people you want to know, and want to cry for immediately. I tweeted to a book blogger friend that after reading eight pages, I needed to put the book down because it just felt too visceral, especially as my husband and I just had our one year anniversary. It’s not that the exact same thing was happening to me in real life – it’s that I could see myself having Georgie and Neal’s argument a ...more
AriatheNerd
This book made me sob. Despite how annoyed I was with Georgie, i liked this book. It pulled some heartstrings.

Marriage is a complicated thing, made even more complicated by complicated people. Does that make sense? This book shows you the ups and downs of marriage. The stuff that you have to face together as a couple and those you have to face individually. And i liked that it stayed realistic on some aspects, but that magical phone thing was a joke. I like the concept, but felt it wasn't expla
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Kristina Horner
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.
Holly
Pre-release review : How does this already have ratings? Either people are rating it just because they're Rainbow Rowell fans (which, I get it...but stop.) or they've gotten their hands on an advance readers copy. If that's the case, how do I get MY hands on one?!

Post-release review : Let's be clear...I will read anything Rainbow Rowell writes. Does that mean my review is biased? Sure. So what. With that out of the way, I thought it was fantastic and so worth spending the majority of my day read
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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 it really mean
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Blair
I don't read or review a lot of YA or chick-lit or romance, and it's not just because I don't tend to like these books; it's because I approach them already knowing I probably won't like them, so my judgement is, in a sense, not really fair on the books. I'm not the intended audience, after all, and if I end up thinking they're crap, how much of that is because they are crap, and how much of it is because I just don't really like/get YA or chick-lit or romance?

I requested this on NetGalley beca
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Chelsey
I think Rainbow Rowell writes the most realistic and perfect depictions of love. Real love. The kind of love that you feel when someone's ears can be too big, and still perfect. The kind of love that comes from growing to cherish everything about someone. Those perfect kind of love stories? She writes those. And I love them.
Claire Legrand
My friend Alison Cherry put it best: "There's just something about Rainbow Rowell's SENTENCES. They climb into your heart and sink their claws in. (In a good way.)"

This is my second Rainbow Rowell novel; I have yet to read Eleanor and Park and Attachments. I loved Fangirl--loved, loved.

But I connected with Landline in a way I haven't connected with a book in a long time.

Maybe that's because I've been thinking about a lot of these things lately--relationships, marriage, kids, family. Maybe it's
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Shannon
4.5 out of 5. Rainbow Rowell is my favorite.
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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Brenna
Oh, Landline. How you made my heart feel so full by the end… I seriously loved this book! 4.5 stars!

If you’ve read the synopsis, you know this is Georgie’s story during a very crucial time in her life. She’s just been given the opportunity of a lifetime to pitch her dream show to some big TV execs, only problem… it’s Christmas and she’s supposed to go away with her husband, Neal and their two little girls. While Georgie stays home to work some magic on her show with her writing partner and best
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

AVAILABLE TOMORROW 7/8/14!!!!

2.5 Stars

Rainbow Rowell has quickly become an author whose release dates I mark on the calendar, so when I found out there was a chance for me to win an ARC of her latest novel, I was all over it (endless thanks to my gal Kira for the hook-up).



She may not write Pulitzers, but at a pace of four books in as many years it’s pretty obvious that Rowell has a lot to say and boy has she been saying it. Although
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Keertana
Landline shines brightest when Rowell writes her trademark love stories, complete with authentic relationships, realistic growth arcs, and unforgettable characters. When Rowell tries to veer off that well-trodden path--introducing science-fiction elements of time travel--that's when the cracks in her narrative begin to show. Landline may be a significant improvement over Eleanor & Park, but it struggles to compare with Fangirl or Attachments for me. Perhaps I need to be married to fully appr ...more
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
Taken from my Save The Date on the blog (full review to come later)


Why You Should Be Saving The Date for Landline by Rainbow Rowell:

1. Rainbow Rowell continues her trend of being able to write poignantly and candidly about all sorts of love: Every book of hers I’ve read (all but Attachments) just perfectly captures some intricacy of love in different stages/forms and all the beautiful messiness that comes with it. I loved that, while this was partly a story about a love going wrong, it’s also a
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Carol
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

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Jenne
I love how her books have this ultra-close first person voice. It's like using a Pensieve. Sometimes painful but so good.
Other things I loved:
-Georgie's crazy mom! And her lingerie!
-Neal's cartoons
-College in the 90s woo!
-The kids who are lovable but not cutesy
-The absolute fucking horror of bra shopping
-THE WHOLE SCENE WITH THE PUPPIES AND THE PIZZA DELIVERY PERSON!
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Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). 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 arguing about things that
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“Nobody's lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It's something you make happen - because you love each other.” 161 likes
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