Landline – Rainbow Rowell


What advice would you give the younger you…and would you listen? As far as time machines go, a magic telephone is pretty useless. TV writer Georgie McCool can’t actually visit the past; all she can do is call it, and hope it picks up. Is she going crazy or is this a chance to make things right with her husband, Neal? Maybe she can fix the things in their past that seem unfixable in the present. Maybe this stupid phone is giving her a chance to start over…if that’s what she wants…A heart-wrenching – and hilarious – take on fate, time, television and true love, Landline asks if two people are ever really on the same path, or whether love just means finding someone who will keep meeting you halfway.

My opinion

The books by Rainbow Rowell have always been a hit or miss. I loved Fangirl but didn’t really like ‘Carry on’. ‘Landline’ is a novel for adults, while her other books are mostly young adult.

I really found the concept of the book very intruiging and was curious to see how Rainbow Rowell worked it all out. Maybe it was because I wasn’t feeling very well myself, but I thought ‘Landline’ was really quite depressing. I thought Georgie McCool was self-centred and Neal really undervalued.

Despite that, I really wanted to keep reading. Of course you want to know if Georgie and Neal are still together at the end of the book, but I also wanted to find out what was going on with the phone. How was Georgia able to communicate with Neal from the past?

Unfortunately, the ending was not what I expected and the way the story was written out, I just felt it wasn’t good enough for me. I really find it sad that the quality of Rainbow Rowell’s stories vary so much for me. She’s a great writer but in some way, her stories don’t always touch me.


‘Landline’ by Rainbow Rowell is, other than you may expect, a novel for adults. For me it felt really depressing and heavy and the ending was not what I expected. It’s a shame, because I liked other books she’s written. She just couldn’t convince me when it comes to ‘Landline’.


Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Published by Orion Publishing Co
Genres: Novel
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781409152125

You can order the book from Book Depository here.

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