Landline by Rainbow Rowell Review

Landline by Rainbow Rowell review
Landline by Rainbow Rowell, ISBN: 9781409152125, 320 pp

I devoured Landline by Rainbow Rowell over a 24 hour period but it left me with mixed feelings. Landline is about a TV writer, Georgie McCool, who is married to Neal and has two young daughters. When Georgie has to write a new pilot in the lead up to Christmas with her writing partner, her husband takes the kids to his mother’s place without her.

Georgie then can’t reach her husband on the phone. He’s not replying to any of her calls or texts. But then she manages to reach him with an old phone and landline from her childhood bedroom. The only problem is that she’s magically connected to a past version of Neal from years ago before they were married.

Landline isn’t a bad book, but the relationship between Georgie and Neal just didn’t work for me. For the whole book Neal is described as a jerk who never smiles. He hates Georgie’s career and her best friend Seth. He hates where they live. He’s never watched the TV show she writes for and always appears moody. But then the reader is supposed to believe that Georgie fell in love with him in the first place and is still madly in love with him.

Georgie is not the perfect person either, but Neal’s characterisation made him impossible to like. I also felt that the calling the past thing was never explained and the ending kind of fizzled out. It wasn’t a bad book but compared to other books by Rainbow Rowell there was something lacking. It definitely wasn’t as good as Attachments, another adult book written by the author. Or Eleanor and Park which I loved.

Verdict: I’m glad that I added Landline to my Rainbow Rowell collection but it wasn’t my favourite.

Have you read any books by Rainbow Rowell?

5 thoughts on “Landline by Rainbow Rowell Review

  1. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins December 18, 2018 / 9:26 am

    Great review! I don’t understand how she could have this whole call-the-past element and not explain how…? I’ve read Fangirl, and I had similar feelings; I found Cath, the central character, infuriating and ungrateful, and couldn’t understand why her writing professor would invest so much time and effort in her work. I’ve heard (from you! ;)) that Attachments is much better, so I might be inclined to give that a go at some stage, but for the most part I think Rowell isn’t for me.

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    • Janereads December 18, 2018 / 10:31 am

      I agree. I found Fangirl a bit annoying too. Eleanor and Park is great if you ever find it somewhere for cheap. 😊

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  2. readingbetweenwines December 20, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    Bummer! I really enjoyed this book and didn’t have the same issues with it. You make excellent points though! Great review! 😍

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  3. theorangutanlibrarian December 28, 2018 / 2:47 am

    I felt the same way about this- it wasn’t my favourite Rowell either. I didn’t connect with the relationship or the characters much either. Great review!

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