Book Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.

Maybe that was always beside 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 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?


Title: Landline

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Format: Paperback Copy July 2014 International Edition

Release Date: Title: Landline

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Format: Paperback Copy July 2014 International Edition

Release Date: July 8th 2014

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

No. of Pages: 310

Price:  599 Pesos

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary


The use of the timeline and landline was cool and different that made this novel to be remarkable. On the characters, they are not that hard to be liked since they are charming in a way you’ll love their personality and it’s actually one of the point why I loved their story. Starting on Georgie, a dedicated, inspiring and loving mother. She has the charm and wittiness that anyone will like. Then next is Seth, a shadow behind his own personality. He’s actually my most favorite of all and it’s just sad on his part. Next is my least favorite of all is Neal, it’s just I am not a fan of his personality as what had the story made me see about him. I like more of his attitude when he was on the past, even though he was a little bit snob on and hard to get on Georgie’s part.

Even if it’s just a 310 pages novel, it is actually full-packed. The pacing is just right for the story and the extra add-on moments are just good. It’s an interesting piece. I love the elements that was used like being a TV Writer of Georgie, the use of dates, Christmas and stuffs.

On the plot, I will be actually be lying if I said I didn’t liked it all after all the good works I had said above but the plot is quite just OKAY for me – just in the middle. It is a beautiful and haunting love story but it didn’t surpass much of my expectations though I was amazed on how it was written on the 3rd person’s point of view. To tell you the truth, it’s not much go on my favorite list but still not on the least favorites.

My favorite part on the story is something on the last part when Georgie had made the decision and while she is on her way meeting a guy and his girlfriend that helped her. It’s just give me an idea that even you’re a stranger, somewhat people will still help you in time of need. The boy and his girlfriend were unnamed but they still go to the list of my favorite characters.

On the other hand, my least favorite was the part while Georgie’s trying to contact Neil and there’s always a circumstances to keep them away from talking to each other. It just made me hate Neil for having no effort at all.

The ending part is kind of unsatisfying but it’s just inspiring on the part of Georgie for making a hard decision and letting herself choose what really matters most.

One realization has come on my mind after I finished and resolve the ending. Sometimes we are just expecting so much in a person and we forgot to see the little gestures and effort those person made for you. Over all, it is a witty, fun and captivating novel that put a smile on my face and made my day great.



3 and half


3 and half

Writing Style:

4 and half


4 star

3 and half


Final Rating: 4/5 

4 star

About the Author:

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK and FANGIRL). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

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