Landline

By Rainbow Rowell

4 out of 5 stars

Georgie McCool has a pilot that has big possibilities of being picked up as a series. She is already a writer on a popular tv show but this show is one that she and her friend Seth have been writing since college. The only problem is, it’s Christmas week and she, her husband and two daughters are set to fly to Omaha to visit his mother for the holiday. As she stays behind to work, he flies with the kids and leaves on not-so-perfect terms.

Georgie keeps trying to call Neal from her cell phone but can’t ever get through. Her phone dies, she gets voice mail. She talks to her two daughters, Alice and Noomi, and even Neal’s mom, but no Neal. One night, she decides to plug in her old phone in the landline at her mom’s house and finally gets a hold of Neal. The catch is, it’s Neal like he was the only time he ever left her, when they were dating years ago! The phone calls continue while Georgie thinks she’s going crazy but the crazy thing is, they are learning things about themselves that they had kept hidden from each other.

This is Rainbow Rowell’s first foray into an “adult” novel and it was really a sweet and very funny read. Ms. Rowell has a wonderful way with witty banter between characters, as witnessed in both Fangirl and Eleanor & Park. Georgie is flawed, as we all are, but when she opens her eyes to what she is missing, you can just feel the growth. I loved her and Neal. They meet cute and stay cute until they are growing apart. I enjoyed this book very much and can’t wait to read more “adult” books by Rainbow Rowell.

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