Landline by Rainbow Rowell


I don't read a lot of adult fiction--other than the classics. I just don't. I've always loved and read Young Adult fiction. And I don't read Adult fiction generally because I don't feel like I can relate to women in their upper thirties and forties because I'm not married and I don't have kids and I just haven't experienced a full-time career or anything. But after this, I don't know, I may have to start reading more adult fiction. Because Landline had all the things I love in a book: incredible characters, a heart-wrenching story line and a couple I ship TO DEATH.

Landline follows comedy TV writer Georgie McCool (awesome name, right?!) who finally has the opportunity to have the show she's been working on for almost twenty years, Passing Time, get picked up. There's only one problem: she can't go with her family to Omaha to visit her mother in-law for Christmas. Which might not seem like a big deal, but Georgie and her husband Neal's relationship has been slowly turning sour under the surface and this might be the last straw.

Then, on accident, Georgie has the opportunity to change it all--and make Neal never propose to her in the first place. But would that really make her life better? No. But it might make Neal's.

This novel took a common marriage problem and threw in a supernatural element to make it not your average story of marital regret and disintegration. It interweaves present day with memories of Neal and Georgie's budding relationship; and DAMN, it made me ship them so hard. There were times when I wished I had lived their relationship. It was funny, beautifully written and tugged on the heartstrings.

I've never married or have given birth, but in the end, this wasn't just about a crumbling marriage and family. It was about regret and wanting to relive--and maybe even change--your best moments. And that's something that 99% of people can relate to.

In the end, it was another incredible novel by Rainbow Rowell. I bow down to her genius once again.

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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