Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside 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 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?
I love Eleanor & Park that’s why I have high expectations for this book and I have great respect for Rainbow Rowell but I just can’t hide my dismay upon reading Landline.
In all honesty, I wasn’t able to finish the whole book. Shocker? Nah. I just really can’t put myself into that kind of misery so I had to stop and make this review for once and for all.
I tried to give it a chance a couple of times but nada, there’s no connection between me and the story. I found myself just skimming the pages the whole time.
“Even if your heart is broken and attacking you, you’re still not better off without it.”
The premise is just horrible. The characters are barely tolerable. Not a single character appealed to me. People may say, it’s not a YA novel, you couldn’t connect with them because you just can’t relate to them being that they’re adults and a married couple. In my defense, YA or not, if a book really has a WOW factor in it everyone could totally feel a connection one way or another. I guess what happened here is that the idea is interesting, it’s promising but sometimes, the great idea stays as an idea. When you try to put it in work, it’s not what you actually visualized and it all just flunk. Like a “what you want is not always what you get” kind of thing. But at least Rainbow was brave enough to try and make a story like this to happen just not in the standards it was supposed to be.