Landline by Rainbow Rowell Review

Hello Bookworms,

I hope everyone has had a great weekend. It’s been a while since I’ve posted a review but things have been very busy. I’m super excited because this coming weekend I will be going to BookCon on Saturday and Sunday.  For those of you that don’t know what BookCon is it’s an annual fan convention; established in 2014 to combine pop culture and the book industry. Some of my favorite authors will be in attendance and there are amazing panels. I will have a post about it all next Monday.1 


Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems besides the point now.

Maybe that was always besides 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 writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her — Neal is always a little upset with Georgie — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.

When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts . . .

Is that what she’s supposed to do?

Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?

Rainbow Rowell is one of my many favorite authors and she has a very unique way of creating her characters and letting them build the story. This is the 3rd novel I’ve read by her but it’s the first Fiction/Contemporary since the other two were YA Contemporary novels. This is a very different story then the other books. This is a very real story about marriage and the struggles people go through when it comes to career, love, and family balance. The way Rainbow Rowell writes about emotions makes you instantly feel as though you can relate. This is a romance through and through. I love the below because I think it’s a question a lot of people as themselves at one point or another in their life. There isn’t always a straightforward answer.


This book explores how relationships change and evolve over time. Rowell shows you the things that most people don’t talk about when it comes to relationships and marriage. I enjoyed it because this a very realistic POV on a working mother trying to juggle all of these relationships and feeling like she ruined the ones that mean the most to her. This book won Best Fiction in 2014 on Goodreads which says a lot for this book and author. Georgie could be a frustrating character at times but overall this was a fund read.  I believe Rowell tries to teach something important throughout this novel and it comes across through every piece of dialogue and conversation. Rainbow Rowell knows and understands how to craft realistic and wonderfully flawed characters.


This book focuses on love and family, but also on guilt and self-worth. Romance is rarely idealistic, and with many things in life, it’s only worth as much as the effort you put in.

I definitely recommend this book to all you fiction/contemporary lovers or if you just want to read something different. It was a good read! I can’t wait to read her other book Attachments. 

If you’ve read anything by Rainbow Rowell; what was your favorite book?



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