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Preview — Landline by Rainbow Rowell
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 ...more
This is definitely the most adult of her books, not a true romance, but a story of marriage and the hard work and heartbreak ...more
It’s a love story. It’s about a marriage that is on the brink of divorce and the characters are holding on to the remaining scraps of their relationship. It poses questions about how one can even begin to save it. Not in its literal sense. These questi ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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....more
TV writer Georgie McCool can’t actu
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 ...more
the writing in this is classic rainbow rowell. ...more
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 ...more
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! ...more
Full review to come soon
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
“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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
|What's the Name o...: SOLVED. YA Sci-fi novel where wife is able to call the younger version of her husband from the phone in her childhood home. Spoilers ahead. [s]||4||17||Nov 10, 2020 08:05PM|
|Play Book Tag: [+ Fall Flurries] Landline / Rainbow Rowell. 3 stars||3||14||Dec 17, 2019 04:14PM|
|Polls for Our Souls: are rainbow rowell books good?||7||58||Oct 04, 2019 10:08AM|
|YA Buddy Readers'...: Landline by Rainbow Rowell - Restarting March 18th 2019||78||279||Mar 24, 2019 06:06AM|
|Unsatisfying ending||56||733||Nov 03, 2018 05:24PM|
|Play Book Tag: Landline, by Rainbow Rowell- 2 Stars||8||24||Sep 07, 2018 12:26PM|
Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS, LANDLINE).
Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK, FANGIRL) .
Sometimes — actually, a lot of the time — she writes about lovesick vampires and guys with dragon wings. (THE SIMON SNOW TRILOGY).
Recently, she’s been writing comics, including her first graphic novel, PUMPKINHEADS, and the monthly S ...more