By Rainbow Rowell
Publisher:St. Martin's Press, (7/8/2014)

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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?

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Ceci's thoughts on "Landline"
updated on:8/3/2014

LANDLINE lands at just the right time of year – a breezy summer read, easily digested in one plane trip, or broken up into bite size bits whenever you can find the time. The light, humorous tone matches its easy pace and sets an unexpected, but effective contrast to the marital discord at the heart of the story. I will gladly pass the book on to others, but overall I’m left with a sense of disappointment. Everything wraps up so neatly, and it’s all so heartwarming . . . just like on the sitcoms the main character, Georgie, despises. That’s all well and good for a summer read, but I’ve heard exceptional praise about Rowell’s prior books. I expected more than just a good summer read.

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Book Junky's thoughts on "Landline"
updated on:7/30/2014

I love the concept of this book - what if we could change the past to make things right in the present? I really enjoyed the unique way we got to watch the main couple’s early relationship develop. See how they fell in love and how they decided to be together, but then be with them as they questions if that love was enough to sustain and keep them together. Very clever and very fun presentation. Overall, it was a quick and fun read. A tad predictable, and took a bit to really get in the flow, but fun. I do think it brings up some good book club discussions: What if you could change the past? Are WE the best people for our significant others? Both in the past and now? How could we pledge to be better to them? Why are those mysterious boys that are withdrawn so appealing? Who would you want to talk to from your past? Who would you want to “make things right” with? What would you advice your past self to do or not to do? What is the best way to balance career and family? Is it fair to a spouse to work with an old crush/love? Is love enough? … ah, a nice easy breezy book that is sure to bring up some fun conversations.

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By Rainbow Rowell

Average Rating:
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3.50 out of 5 (2 Clubie's ratings)

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