Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Book Review - Landline
Landline is the newest book by Rainbow Rowell. I'm a big fan of hers, as I've mentioned before (here, here and here). For her previous books, she's done the release and book signing in Omaha, so I hadn't read the book before going to the event. But this time, she's a bit more famous, so she did her release party in NYC, and had the Omaha signing event about a month later. So I had already read this book before the signing. I don't know if that is relevant, but I just share potentially pointless facts sometimes. It's my way! Another random fact is that I read the ebook on my iphone kindle app while John was driving us home after our summer trip to Indy. I have previously not been able to read in the car, but for Rainbow Rowell's new book, I tried and succeeded!
Anyway, this is my least favorite of her books. But that's kind of like saying Snickerdoodles are my least favorite cookie. I still really like them. It's just that I really loved Rowell's other books, and this one wasn't quite as magical for me. Which is weird, because there is literally a magic phone in it.
Basically, a woman (Georgie) who is having problems with her husband ends up finding a magic phone and can call the past to talk to him. And she wonders what she should do with this great opportunity and what changes it might make in their lives.
I love Rowell's writing style and she just makes me laugh. I think my problem with this book was that I just didn't like the characters as much as I wanted to. And maybe a reader doesn't have to like the characters, but for this book, I wanted to be rooting for them. I honestly didn't care that much if they ended up getting back together or if her meddling in the past would erase her present (a la Back to the Future).
In conclusion, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars, so you know, it's not like I hated it. If you've liked Rowell's other books, you'll probably like this one. If you haven't read her books - I'd recommend picking up one of the others first. I think Attachments is my favorite, but it's a very close race.