10/04/2015

Review: Landline {Rainbow Rowell}


★★★★★
Written by Rainbow Rowell
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Georgie knows her marriage is in trouble. She still loves Neal and Neal still loves her – but that almost seems besides the point now. Maybe it was always besides the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal she can’t go. She’s a TV writer and she has to stay in LA for her show. She knows Neal will be upset with her – Neal is always a little upset with her — but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her. When he leaves, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. But that night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. But is that what she’s supposed to do? Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
 
I have found my favourite Rainbow Rowell book.

There's this wonderful thing Rainbow Rowell does, where she creates characters you always fall in love with. And I don't just mean romantically, or even an you're-my-best-friend kind of love. She manages to make her characters feel like family. You live alongside them, breathing in their stories and becoming invested in every word, every action. Reading about a Rainbow Rowell character is a unique, poignant and damn fine thing.

This is an adult book about a marriage and a magic phone, and it's magnificently done. Rowell captures every part of Georgie and Neal's past and their present. With their current marriage interjected by flashbacks to how they fell in love, patchworked by conversations that literally flit through time, we're taken on an inspiring journey through the true nature of love and what it means to be someone's everything.

This isn't an action-packed book, with a plot that has you on the edge of your seat. It's very much about people and the whole 'magic phone' thing is just a device for us to really see and explore Georgie and Neal as people. And let me tell you, they were wonderful.

Not only were they both hilarious in their own right, but together they had a spark that just hit me. There was something magic about the two of them when they were talking, even when it was separated by years of time. They had a natural chemistry that completely blew me away and had me grinning constantly, from start to finish. Rainbow Rowell has a knack for writing raw emotion and self-deprecating comedy, and that becomes so much more apparent in Landline.

This book broke me and patched me back together again, better than I was before. It's soul crushing and inspiring. It's the kind of story where part of you wants to dog-ear each page for quotes, and the other part of you wouldn't dare destroy a book so beautiful. This is an unabashed look at marriage in all its glory and awfulness, and I think people can learn a lot from this. Even people like me, who are certainly not married, but are certainly human and so therefore can always benefit from some Rainbow Rowell. 

I love you more than I hate everything else."

Allie is back in action after a (longer than she planned) blogging break. SHE DIDN'T ABANDON YOU, she swears it. She actually planned on posting on Tuesday, but silly things like migraines got in the way and she had to crawl into her bed with leftover Easter cupcakes and sob for a few days. 
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