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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 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?
And Landline is about all those things that seem so far away from me and it's full of adult things that I have hard time understanding. Words like marriage and husband and kids are pretty abstract for me. I know their meaning but to apply them in my life is usually when I refer to someone else and never about me. So it's not a surprise that I never connected with Georgie and her life story, which influenced by feelings for this book.
Landline didn't have only that one issue. It's actually the state of this book that is somewhere between fantasy and reality. It's a mix I usually love to see in books, but here not really. Not even I could decide what to believe in.
Still there is hope for me and other Rowell books, as I really liked the writing here and how she made the story real. It was obvious that she knows how to write a story so I just need to read the right one. Hopefully I'll not have to search for long.
Rating: 2 stars.
Until the next time,