Rowell, Rainbow

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
"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?"--

Published: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250049377
Branch Call Number: F ROW
Characteristics: 310 pages ;,25 cm.
Alternate Title: Land line


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Mar 09, 2015
  • Michael Colford rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sweet romantic novel about a
Georgie, who gets a chance for her big break in comedy writing for her own television show, even as her marriage veers dangerously close to going off the rails.

When her husband Neal takes her two daughters home to Nebraska for Christmas while she stays in LA to work on the pilot of her show, Georgie suspects that their marriage could be over. Then she discovers that the landline at her mother's house is connecting to Neal from 18 years ago, and she wonders if there is a chance that she could save their marriage before it started to sour.

While at times Landline feels little formulaic or trite, there is some real emotion behind the writing, and author Rainbow Rowell has a good command of language that makes this entertaining read a little more than a diverting trifle.

Nov 19, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_SarahW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You know when you find a favorite new writer and you want to pace yourself through their books so you can make it last as long as possible? Well, that's not soon as I finished this I went and grabbed Eleanor & Park. Rowell's dialogue is witty and fun, (most of) her characters are cool people that I'd want to hang out with, and I love how she builds love stories, not too much mush with a healthy dose of reality.

Oct 29, 2014

Rainbow Rowell is mostly noted for her YA book "Eleanor and Park". I picked this up because she's an Omaha author and actually was in classes with my Women's Hospital friend Leslie. I wasn't disappointed - this character study of a Hollywood sitcom writer and her stay-at-home-dad husband is an unconventional love story with a "supernatural" twist. Georgie, the protagonist, stays in LA for Christmas while hubby and kids go to Omaha for a family holiday. Their marriage is struggling. As Georgie stays behind to write episodes for a new show, she find that, while staying with her mom, she can contact her husband on an old rotary phone. But...not her present-day husband ....instead, her pre-engagement husband. Georgie is a likable character - actually all of them in the book are. I loved development of the story - and I loved how the important people in Georgie's life help her deal with struggles to be a better person without losing herself.

Sep 24, 2014
  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I've read a few positive comments about this author and thought I'd give one of her books a try, but I'm disappointed in this one. It's only 'ok', but nothing special. If something more to my taste comes up, I probably won't finish this one, since I can already see the ending coming and I'm only a quarter-way in.

Sep 24, 2014

Well I am half way through and not going to read the rest. I have never been so BORED! This is my first book by the author, and I don't think I will read any more.

Sep 21, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Rainbow Rowell sure can write and make you feel all of the feels! Another winner by an author who is becoming an auto-read and I can't wait for whatever story comes next from her!

Note: If you ever get the chance to go to an Author Talk with Rainbow, do it! She is funny, personable, and inspirational!

Sep 18, 2014
  • june2813 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed Eleanor and Park and on the basis of that I picked up Landline. This was so poorly realized I was unable to even finish it. Very disappointed.

Sep 08, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was a good story but also slightly disappointing. Rowell's stories usually pull me right in keep me there until the end but this one just didn't.

Sep 03, 2014
  • yvox rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I loved Eleanor & Park, and I was looking forward to this new "adult" novel by the same author.

Adult? I guess it depends on how you define adult.

If being old enough to be married and have kids and a career means adult, then this is an adult novel. But I'd class this as Young Adult, even though it involves those topics. This could be a good read for learning what adult life might bring, what marriage might mean, what making the true love choice over the gee-he's-so-cute choice might feel like.

This book is a good, fun read by an author who tells a charming tale. Good job.

Aug 18, 2014
  • Persassy rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

With the main character having a name like Georgie McCool, I kinda expected a lot and boy was I disappointed.

This book is like "An Abundance Of Katherines" for Rainbow Rowell in terms of mindblowingness.

(It's not really)

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