Booklog: Landline

I’m starting to re-think my love for Rainbow Rowell.

In Fangirl and Eleanor & Park, I loved how the stories unfold and how they are narrated. Especially in Eleanor & Park where every word is sprinkled with honey and spice. It’s like Rainbow peppers her books with magic. But that magic fades away.

Have you ever hoped for a magic telephone that would connect you to your past?

Landline is about just that. Georgie’s marriage is falling apart. But she can’t choose between her career or her family. On one hand, she has gotten her life-long dream contract with her bestfriend. On the other, her family have a vacation in Omaha, the same date as her contract signing.

Georgie can’t get hold of her husband Neil while her family is away. She tried calling many times in many different phones. Except her old landline back in her mom’s home. The only line that connects her to Neil — the Neil from 15 years ago.

Thank goodness, this book is an easy read or my mind would have wandered to other things that I should be doing than reading this. Landline is not awful but it’s not wonderful either. I’ve been thinking what could have been different this time. Rainbow uses the same style as her other books. And they all worked before. I am even able to read those two books twice (that’s rare for me to re-read). Perhaps the genre? I’ve never been a picky reader as long as the story is good. Then the problem is most likely the book itself.

There is so much backstory in Landline that makes the story progress really slow. Georgie recalls her university days when she first met Neil. It is sweet and quite interesting to read. That is my first time reading a budding romance between an introverted guy and an extroverted girl. But at the end of all those memories I’m like, “So…what’s next?” and then Georgie proceeds to her life as usual (okay, not so usual) which is pretty dragging.

The thing that really matters is her phone conversation with the past Neil. But even that does not excite me. It’s an okay part. What the couple have been lacking for all those years they’ve been together is communication and that phone conversation fills it in. This seems to be the common problem of couples these days.

What I love about this is that, it shows how love is not always sunshines and rainbows. That staying in love is one of the hardest part of being in love. I also love how each ending of Rainbow’s book feels like the beginning, a new chapter, more than the end of the story.

While the story is pretty much meh, I love its characters. They are (almost) Reagan-like awesome. Georgie is that cool and funny girl, everyone loves. She is the stark contrast of her husband Neil who shy away from the spotlight and would rather be a house-husband to keep their family together. Then there’s Seth, Georgie’s bestfriend and the Mr. Popular. I have to include Georgie’s sister, Heather, because she is the coolest character in this book.

After reading Landline, I have two realizations:

  1. Communication is key to any relationship.
  2. Rainbow Rowell is a hit or miss author for me (since I’m having the same problem with Carry On)

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