Landline by Rainbow Rowell
(St. Martin’s Press, 2014, 310 pages)
Best known for her young adult fiction, Landline is a novel that reaches out to her adult audience (an audience that loves her YA work anyway). Georgie McCool (yes, that’s her real name) is a tv writer who works with her incredibly attractive best friend from college, Seth. Georgie has been married for more than a decade and her husband Neal stays home with their two young daughters. Ever since they got together in college Neal has known that Georgie can’t help but put her work first. However, when work gets in the way of her going with her family to visit her in-laws in Omaha for Christmas Neal decides he’s had enough and heads off with the kids alone.
Georgie is sure things will be fine but Neal won’t take her calls and her family seems to think their marriage is over. As she struggles to get her work done and mentally work through how to salvage her marriage she uncovers a secret way to communicate with the past. She’s freaked out at the find, but at the same time this seems to be a way to right some of the wrongs in her marriage. Will this bring Georgie and Neal back together, or will it show her they would have been better off apart from the beginning?
Rowell is able to portray love in a way that completely envelopes the reader. She does such an amazing job capturing those feelings and making you reflect on your own experiences. I enjoyed this book, but it took me a little bit to really get into it. The fantasy element Rowell places in the story works, but it’s not a path I want to see her take with future titles.
If you’re looking for a quick read that sucks you in and portrays romance in a way that speaks to you I’d recommend picking up any of Rowell’s titles.