December 20, 2014

12 days of reading - day 10: 'landline'

Blogger's Note: With Christmas just around the corner, there's still plenty of time to ask Santa for a few new reads under your tree. Rather than share 12 writing tips (like in 2011 and 2012) or some favorite writers (like last year), this year we are sharing 12 notable (and potentially Christmas list-worthy) books from the past year. I have enlisted the help of my good friend (and voracious reader) Whitney to create this list. Enjoy the 12 Days of Reading.

Day 10: Landline
By Rainbow Rowell
Published July 8
Picked by Whitney
From New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell, comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones.
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 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 to him to pack up the kids and go 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?
I was lucky enough to get to see Rainbow Rowell at a reading of Landline and she was lovely, hilarious, and real—she had so many thoughtful things to say about writing, being an author (I consider those two different things sometimes) and everything else. She also talked about the book, and her inspiration for it, and keeping that in mind, it was even more fun to read.

The book itself was good—I liked the magical phone element and the idea of whether you should change fate if you have the chance. But what l liked so much about Landline was the character of Georgie. I appreciate that she is a strong, successful female character, as these are sometimes hard to come by. She is well-written, three dimensional, and real, and makes Landline worth the read.

Rating: 4 of 5

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