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Rowell, Rainbow. Book - 2014 Fiction, Adult Book / Fiction / General / Rowell, Rainbow 5 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 3.9 out of 5

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Call Number: Fiction, Adult Book / Fiction / General / Rowell, Rainbow
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"In New York Times bestselling author Rainbow Rowell's Landline, 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?"-- Provided by publisher.


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Light Reading submitted by sdunav on July 25, 2014, 4:46pm Good summer read on how marriages evolve and how couples hook up in the first place. There was a bit of paranormal-y time travel-y stuff in the story - referring to the eponymous landline - and I wasn't totally thrilled with that as hook, but Rowell did do some fun stuff with it. It wasn't as intense as "Eleanor & Park" or "Fangirl".

Entertainment submitted by Shirlina on August 10, 2014, 3:19pm The book was entertaining to read, I liked the concept of time travel via landline. It wasn't great but it a nice light entertaining read.

Fun Summer Read submitted by Enzy on September 4, 2014, 4:30pm I really enjoyed this book. Within the first 20 pages I felt like I was invested in the characters and the plot. As the time travel element was added, I was enjoying the book and was not thrown by the fantastical element of it which surprised me since on paper, the whole concept seems a little ridiculous. Like the reviewer below said, it is not as heavy a subject matter as some of Rowell's other writings, but the study of the familial relationships were interesting. Also, while books addressing heavy topics are great to read, sometimes I crave something lighter. This book definitely satisfied that craving.

annoying submitted by bookher on June 17, 2015, 1:59pm I so wanted to like this book because I loved Eleanor and Park as well as Attachments but the characters in this one just seemed annoying and unsympathetic.

OK submitted by smgop on July 31, 2015, 8:09pm Didn't love this as much as I like attachments - but it was a relatively quick read.

Quick Summer Read submitted by zixyxuan on July 5, 2017, 10:17pm Landline is a book about a woman named Georgie McCool who chooses to work instead of going with her husband and children to Omaha for Christmas with the in-laws. Georgie soon realizes that the only way for her to contact Neal was through a landline phone that allows her to talk to Neal from 15 years ago.

There were many aspects of this book that I really liked, such as the diversity of the characters and the nonlinear story plot that detailed Georgie and Neal's relationship. However, I had many, many problems with this book. First of all, I didn't really relate to any of the characters. Georgie is a very career-driven woman, which I have no problem with, but she her attitude towards her profession and her family makes her one of those people that seem like they won't succeed in either job. Neal was flat out pathetic, and I really didn't enjoy the "romantic" drama that ensued between them. Another major issue I had with this book was the ending. It was very abruptly written and unsatisfying. It comes as no surprise that Georgie and Neal end up together, but I wanted them to talk through the problems in their relationship again to find a middle ground between work and family. I also wanted to know what happens to Georgie and Seth's TV show scripts. That storyline was abandoned half way through the book when the drama started picking up.

I enjoyed this book as a quick summer read, but I felt ambivalent towards the romance and the conflicts.

Overall rating: 3 Stars
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pleasant enough submitted by camelsamba on July 31, 2017, 1:08pm I ended up listening to this book because it was "available now" on overdrive. It's adult fiction, not the young adult I was expecting since I selected it purely on the author's name. It was pleasant enough, sort of bittersweet. Nobody is completely likable, and Georgie seems especially self-centered - but I kept listening.

Not a fan submitted by kerstinrh on August 22, 2018, 2:02pm A TV writers (Georgie) husband (Neal) and 2 kids go to his hometown Omaha for Christmas leaving her behind in LA to work on her tv show with her partner and longtime friend Seth. She goes crazy and ends up staying at her moms house where she gets an old rotary phone out of her childhood closet and mysteriously talks to her now husband on the phone years ago- the week before he proposed to her.

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New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
Year Published: 2014
Description: 310 pages ; 25 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book


Married people -- Fiction.
Man-woman relationships -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Love stories