Sunday, 10 August 2014

'Landline' by Rainbow Rowell review

Landline Review, I went on holiday last week, and read three books - Landline, Gone Girl and Perks Of Being A Wallflower - and over the next few days I will try and right a review for all of them (starting with Landline because that's the one I read first).

I got the book the day of the Rainbow Rowell signing and Q&A in Birmingham. It was an amazing night meeting one of my favourite authors, she was lovely and hilarious, and definitely worth it.
So now onto the book. The idea of the "magic phone" seemed a bit odd to me before I started, but I decided to do as Rainbow said at the signing and "just go with it". I've absolutely loved every other one of her books, so I had no reason to believe it would be any less than brilliant.

Non-spoilery summary

The story starts just before Christmas, when the main character Georgie and her family - her husband Neal and two daughters Noomi and Alice- are getting ready to go to Omaha to Neal's family for Christmas. Things aren't great between Neal and Georgie already, but the news that Georgie can't go because of work just pushes Neal over the edge. (Georgie is a TV writer). He does something that Georgie never expected him to do, he packs his bags and takes the kids without her. While he's away she discoverers a phone in her mums house that enables her to talk to Neal in the past. Georgie realises this could be her second chance to ty and recover her marriage with the man she loves.
I warmed to the characters very quickly, especially Neal. The his character is written is intended to make him seem standoffish, but I found it very endearing how much he loves Georgie. I particularly liked Neal in Georgie's little flashbacks, and in her conversations with him in the past. I know that he was not intentionally a likeable character, but I am usually most attracted to the characters you aren't supposed to like.

Spoilery analysis

I was conflicted whilst reading this book, because it posed the question to me of which is most important- love or your career. I wasn't sure whether I wanted Georgie to choose to write her TV show or to choose Neal. They were both very important to Georgie, as she had been writing this show with her friend Seth for as long as she'd known Neal -I think it was about 15 years maybe- so they were both very long term loves of hers.
I've heard a lot of negative things about the "magic phone" idea, but I didn't think to much about it whilst I was reading those parts, and I thought it was clever and original. It helped in giving us an idea of what Neal was like earlier on in there relationship, and what Georgie and Neal's relationship was like then.
I also grew a small attachment to the kids- Alice and Noomi. I thought it was a nice touch that Noomi said 'Meow' at every opportunity and always told Georgie how she's the best mum in the world. I found both of the children very cute and likeable.
One thing I loved was the ending. I loved the symmetry between how the past story ended and this story. In 1998 (or whatever year it was), Neal turned up on her doorstep on Christmas day after a week away in Omaha and proposed to her. In modern day it is the opposite, and Georgie turns up on his doorstep on Christmas day. I'm glad she chose to do that and not wait until he came home, because it proved to him that he was the most important thing to her.

Overall I think this is definitely one of my favourite Rainbow Rowell books (either favourite or second favourite I'd say), and I'd recommend that when you read it you keep an open mind to the idea of the phone, and don't think to much into it. Once again 5/5 for Rainbow Rowell.
Peace out book nerds xo

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