The Compulsive Reader: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Friday, September 5, 2014

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

So, Landline isn't a young adult novel, but I love Rainbow Rowell's work so much (so much), how could I not blog about this book?

Landline is the story of Georgie McCool (yes, really), a television writer who has worked really hard for the opportunity to pitch her own show. When that opportunity comes, it means abandoning plans to go to Omaha with her husband Neal and their daughters for Christmas. Neal takes off without Georgie, leaving her overworked, confused, and desperate for things with Neal to be like they used to be--not awkward, not tense, not uncertain. When she calls Neal on a phone in her childhood room, Georgie discovers a direct link to the past--and perhaps a chance to fix things before they go wrong.

Rainbow Rowell's writing is delightfully funny and oftentimes painful in its close examination of love and change and connections lost over time. Rowell balances the flashbacks to Georgie and Neal's college years with present day action well, and like she did with Attachments, she weaves details about each character's past into the narrative deftly. Perhaps the best part about Landline is that Rowell has fun with the big plot hook--magic phone--and doesn't take that aspect of the plot too seriously. Georgie's emotional crisis, her relationship with Neal, and how she feels about her children, however, are at the forefront of this novel and never made light of, making for an emotionally resonant novel. Family and unexpected connections of all types dominate this humorous, slightly wacky novel, and fans of Rowell's YA will most definitely find lots to love about Landline!'

Cover Comments: I love, love Rowell's covers. The spiral cord and old phone set and the colors work so well for this cover, and I love the retro feel of the type.

Book purchased from indie Bear Pond Books!

1 comment:

CharityReads said...

Great Blog! I haven't had a chance to read Rainbow Rowell yet, but I own Eleanor and Park. So I think you've pushed it to the top of my TBR pile! I'll add Landline to my ever-growing goodreads list.