“Neal was home. He was base.
Neal was where Georgie plugged in, and synced up, and started fresh every day.”
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! <3
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 🙂
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? 🙂