Audiobook CD - 2014
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A moving and hilarious tale of a marriage on the brink, and one woman's chance to either save it or make sure it never happens.
Published: [New York] : Macmillan Audio, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781427239327
Branch Call Number: SPOKEN CD F ROW
Characteristics: 7 audio discs (8 hr.) :,digital, CD audio ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, rda
audio file, CD audio, rda
Additional Contributors: Lowman, Rebecca


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Apr 11, 2019

Not the best mystery I've read. A little far fetched but in the end heartwarming. Not good enough for book club.

JCLBeckyC Mar 25, 2019

I would have given this novel five stars, but I bumped it down to 4 1/2 for two reasons. 1) I didn't want it to end! I wanted the story to keep going and going and going. Maybe Rowell will write a sequel? 2) I would have liked to have seen more chapters from the husband's point of view. Other than that, though, I have no complaints. This is an excellent realistic novel about the struggle for work-life balance that modern middle and upper-middle class parents face each day. It's also about how long-term couples can get stuck and forget how to communicate. Throw in many smart, witty pop culture references, and we have a non-formulaic love story that celebrates the long slog of long-term relationships.

HCL_staff_reviews Jan 30, 2019

I laughed, I cried, I contemplated the meaning of life and love, and I went home happy. What more can I ask from my entertainment? Georgie's mysterious, timeline-crossing rotary phone was a cool element to this real-world love story. The writing was so fun to read! It was eerie how little anecdotes and paragraphs were so authentic to my own experience. By the end of the book, I was convinced I could be best friends with Rowell. If you haven't read a novel by her yet, you're missing out. — Baileigh F., Walker Library

Apr 12, 2018

Awful book.

SPPL_Anna Mar 24, 2018

Alright story, but the best part is really the cameo by Cath and Levi at the end.

Mar 17, 2018

OK it quickly just to see what happens.......TOO MUCH TALKING......"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

ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 14, 2017

Well written, witty and revealing dialog, sweet love story! Suspend your disbelief and find out if this marriage can be saved!

loonylovesgood Nov 07, 2017

Another great Rainbow Rowell story. I love her books! This one was a quick read and is perfect if you're looking for a Christmas romance. Just be prepared for a few loose ends when the story is finished!

Oct 14, 2017

Mostly enjoyable account of the misadventures of Georgie McCool, whose failed attempts to communicate by cellphone with her husband (instead reaching her young daughters for hilarious conversations, or her mother in law for awkward ones) take a strange turn when she discovers the landline phone in her mother's house connects her to her now husband's younger self pre-marriage, when their relationship was at a crisis point. Husband and kids have departed for a holiday visit to his mother, while Georgie has stayed behind to work with her longtime writing partner on a new tv series. Guilt over this action, fear of losing her husband, and doubts about her sanity raised by the landline calls, frame the plot.

The only problem is a major one: the landline calls between Georgie and past-Luke are r-e-a-l-l-y b-o-r-i-n-g, and slow the pacing of the novel considerably. Much more entertaining are the narrative flashbacks of Georgie coming of age as a 1990s college student, and present day goings on at Georgie's mothers house, and the climactic ending a spontaneous journey from Southern California to blizzardy Omaha, without adequate clothing or footwear.
And, while the ending was satisfying resolution to the point of the landline calls, I finished the book feeling doubtful that Georgie had made the best choice-the alternative scenario she ponders seemed to be a lot more satisfying given who she is and wants to be.

ArapahoeTiegan Aug 17, 2017

Georgie McCool's marriage is in trouble. But she cannot get ahold of her husband who has taken their kids to Omaha to visit his mother over Christmas while Georgie stays home to work on a career changing project. Instead, she spends the week somehow able to call a younger Neal - the Neal who left her all those years ago over Christmas and didn't call; the Neal who came back and proposed on Christmas day. The more they talk, the more Neal's proposal makes sense - he responded to things older Georgie says to younger Neal. These calls force Georgie to reflect on her relationship and look harshly at how it came to be in trouble. Would she better to convince Neal to leave her younger self - give him a chance at a happy life? Or will she decide to be selfish and say all the right things to get him to show up Christmas morning 20 years ago? Are some things just meant to be? But are there ways to make them better?

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JCLBeckyC Mar 25, 2019

Spoiler alert! I love the pop culture references. There’s a most excellent self-referential one in which Levi and Cath (from Rowell’s book Fangirl) have a cameo at the end. Georgie is George Bailey, the protagonist from the classic Frank Capra film, It’s a Wonderful Life. Levi is Clarence, the angel who helps George get his wings. See page 293.
“Oh for Christ’s sake,” the girl said. “You can wear my boots.” She reached for the floor. Georgie noticed she was wearing a small engagement ring. “You can have them. I don’t even like them.”
“Absolutely not,” Georgie said. “What if you get stuck in the snow?”
“I’ll be fine,” she said. “He’d carry me across the city before he let me get my feet wet.”
The boy grinned at the girl. The girl rolled her eyes again and finished pulling off her boots. “Just take them,” she said. “He’s got it in his head that you’re our Christmas mission. If we don’t help you, he’ll never get his wings.”

Mar 17, 2016

You love me. But maybe it isn't enough. That's what you're thinking.

Mar 17, 2016

'Just because you love someone,' she said, 'that doesn't mean your lives will fit together.'


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