“That’s what love is, Georgie. Accidental damage protection.” My thoughts on Landline by Rainbow Rowell | Spoiler-free

“Neal was home. He was base.
Neal was where Georgie plugged in, and synced up, and started fresh every day.” 


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What would you do if you got a chance to speak to your loved one.. but in the past?

Landline is my first one by Rainbow Rowell and I’m so glad to have bought it!

If you follow me on Goodreads, you would’ve seen my live commentary as and when I read the book and how much I loved certain parts of it!

Rainbow Rowell is, without a doubt, flawless in her dialogues. Absolutely flawless! I don’t think I’ve ever consciously waited for more and more dialogues. (Maybe not since Fault in Our Stars by John Green!) I was absolutely in love with the conversations the characters had!

And Oh! The characters! What amazingly realistic and flawed characters! ❤

Landline follows the story of Georgie McCool and her marriage with Neal Grafton. The couple met, rather interestingly, at their workplace and, rather unconventionally, hit it off from the beginning. We get an insight to their not-so-easy relationship and their efforts in making it work and staying together.
Georgie works as a writer in TV industry with her best friend/colleague Seth. Georgie and Seth have been inseparable since their college days where the ideas for their dream TV show first hatched. They’ve had to work late nights on various TV projects, which meant that Georgie couldn’t spend much time with her husband and the kids. And while Neal has been immensely supportive and understanding throughout the years, he couldn’t help but feel deeply upset when Georgie had to cancel her trip to Omaha – where the family was supposed to visit Neal’s mom for Christmas. Neal decides to keeps his plans for the trip with the kids, while Georgie stays back for work.
And this is when she realises what could be her last leg of marriage.

It’s a really easy read, however it touches upon topics that – if you relate to – could be thought-provoking (in a good way). It does make you reflect on your relationships with people who are important to you and makes you realise nothing good comes easy.
And in my opinion, the magical plot line represents the importance of conversations – easy ones and specially the difficult ones – between people to maintain and grow their relationships.

The protagonist isn’t always likeable but that fact the she’s flawed in the most realistic of ways, made me fall in love with her. I adored her friendship with Seth and how good a team they were. In fact, I adored Seth for just being himself with all honestly. He, in some ways, reminded me of Joey from FRIENDS! I enjoy Georgie’s mom and their family dynamics! But most of all, I fell completely in love with Neal. “Neal. Neal. Neal.” 

The story touches on love, family, parenting and mostly the urge and importance of realising your priorities and to go out of your way to do what it takes to keep them. There’s romance through out but the kind that’s realistic and true – not what you’d find in cheesy novels.

This one’s definitely one of those warm and fuzzy stories. If you’re looking for a light read and a book full of some of the quirkiest and funny quotes, and amazing conversations – Landline can definitely be your next read 🙂

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3.5/5 – Had there been an option of half stars on Goodreads 



Have you read this one or any other by Rainbow Rowell? I purchased Attachments and Fangirl by her to read next.
Or is this or any other book by her on your TBR? 🙂

18 thoughts on ““That’s what love is, Georgie. Accidental damage protection.” My thoughts on Landline by Rainbow Rowell | Spoiler-free

  1. Nice review. I liked the dynamic between Seth and Georgia too.For some reason I never quite warmed up to this book. It felt tedious and long drawn out to me (I don’t know if my reading it on the phone played a part in it.). I thought their issues could be easily resolved in pages but then what do I know about a real marriage. It was my first Rowell as well. I was gifted a copy of Eleanor and Park recently but I’m yet to pick it up. Have you heard about the book?


    1. Thank you!
      The story definitely has a few flaws and loops, however I liked how the romance seemed real. Sometimes people do find themselves stuck in such situations with different forms of relationships involved, and you’re right that issues could’ve been solved pretty easily. But maybe, Neal got a bit tired of making sacrifices and compromises – which was justifiable – and also his frustration was quite necessary for Georgie to realise the importance of work-life balance. (I’d say that had the roles been reversed too)
      Or maybe Rainbow Rowell did intend for the readers to understand that sometimes we make a big deal out of small issues which can be sorted out immediately just by having a proper conversation, don’t you think?

      Yes, I’ve heard of the book. I’m not familiar with the story though. I picked up Attachments and Fangirl along with Landline.
      What are you currently reading?

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      1. You are right on all counts. Sometimes people do make a mountain of a molehill because it feels like that to them, odds which are seemingly insurmountable.

        Reading this book scarred me a bit and as I grow older I have lesser ability to stomach unrealistic romances (or for that matter unrealistic storylines) but will give Eleanor and Park a try because it was a gift from a bookish friend. I have realized sometimes suspension of disbelief is needed and cynicism needs to be kept at bay to enjoy certain things.
        I recently finished Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle and loved it. It would have been even more lovely if I had read it


  2. + as a teen. I highly recommend it. Have you read it? What are you reading?
    BTW I loved The Fault in Our Stars too. I think you would like Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares too.



    1. Nope, haven’t read it. I just checked it on Goodreads and it sounds interesting! Will give it a go soon 🙂

      Wow! Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares sounds even better!! I’m really excited to read this right after I finish the current reads 😀
      Thank you for the suggestions!

      As for me, I’ve had a mixed Currently-reading Pile – Foe by J.M Coetzee (This one’s a good work of literature, however a bit slow paced for me), Birthdays for the Dead by Stuart MacBride (A murder mystery/thriller – enjoying the audio book only one when I’m in the mood for it. A little too creepy) ;
      So you know how Six of Crows hype is growing strong everywhere? It got me and after being recommended by many, I decided to purchase it. It took around a week or so to reach (I received it just 2 minutes before I started replying to you!), so meanwhile I decided to re-read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone. AND! started Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (an illustrated memoir) and finished it this morning.


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      1. Ooh you will love both the books 🙂 I can’t wait to hear your perspectives on them.

        Yes I saw that you were reading Philosopher’s Stone. I had read it a while back and planned to read the entire series again as an adult but haven’t managed somehow. Are you reading from one of the new 20th anniversary editions?

        All the others authors are new for me. Macabre isn’t my style but I have wanted Coetzee I want to read someday. I recently discovered the power of audiobooks and I love them. I heard Charles Portis’ True Grit (the movie is amazing as well) and Laurie Halse Anderson’s Twisted and really loved them.

        Happy reading! I am sorry to say I haven’t read any of the Game of the Thrones or seen it for some reason. Yes I live on another planet!

        I am a huge fan of Marjane Satrapi. I adore Persepolis have read it twice and plan to read again. Have you seen the movie adaptation? Her Chicken and Plums and Embroideries is amazing as well.

        Well I am reading Fried Green Tomatoes (loved the movie adaptation) and a series of funny essays called Under the Duvet by Marian Keyes. And have started The Girl on the Train. Let’s see how it goes.


      2. Can’t wait to read them!

        Yes, I have the Hufflepuff edition 🙂 I’ve decided to get the new edition box set and re-read the series every December! I hope it works out 😀

        I took my time with audio books too and they are awesome!

        Some confusion here, I suppose. I was talking about Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo 🙂 I’m not a Game of Thrones fan either – haven’t read the books or followed series.

        Persepolis was my first by her and I have a lot of thoughts on it 🙂 I am looking forward for next part though. I didn’t know there was a movie adaptation! I’m interested now!

        I must say, you have an interesting collection! 😀 I read The Girl on the Train a few weeks back. Would love to know how you like when you’re done!


      3. Wow it is gorgeous 🙂 I’m guessing you identify as Hufflepuff too? Fingers crossed for you!

        Oops. I saw crows and just jumped to the conclusion!

        Look forward to your thoughts on it. I read both the parts, the story of a childhood and return, back to back. I recently saw the movie – it is true to the book because Satrapi was involved in the making. You are in for a treat.

        Thanks 😊 Oh I would love to discuss it with you when I’m done.

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      4. It is, isn’t it! 😀 Well, I was sorted into Hufflepuff on the Pottermore website. And I do have a lot in common!

        I might do a blog on Persepolis 🙂
        Now I can’t wait to get the second book and watch the movie!

        Looking forward to that! 😀


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