When I was picking a book to read after my assignments were submitted, I thought I should ease myself back into reading with something nice and easy. So, I opted for Landline by Rainbow Rowell as it seemed like a fairly safe bet. I’ve read books from Rainbow Rowell before and have always finished thinking ‘well, that was okay, nothing ground-breaking, but enjoyable’… this book continued in the same trend.
Going into this novel, I was expecting a cute romance about a husband and wife rekindling their romance over the phone… safe to say the time travel aspect took me by surprise. I’m not saying that the plot was a disappointment, it just wasn’t what I was expecting and I think that influenced my enjoyment of the book as a whole, so bear that in mind.
Ignoring my confusion over the plot, let’s talk about the intricacies of the book, shall we? The dysfunctional family was part of the main plotline so I’m not going to comment on that. However, the dead father in his family and the absentee father on hers were overkill for me. Sometimes, especially at Christmas, I just want to read about a happy family, or at least see a happy family represented somewhere in the story!
In terms of the characters themselves, I was pretty happy. There was nobody that really annoyed me… except maybe Seth (and I’m pretty sure that was intentional, he wasn’t supposed to be all that likable) so major kudos in that department.
One thing that I can honestly say I loved about this book was Georgie’s job as a writer, as an English student I found it really interesting to see how Rainbow Rowell incorporated it into the story, it’s not a profession I see in books a lot.
I also loved the romance between Georgie and Neal, it came across as really believable (except for the time travel) and I was really rooting for them to work out, a difficult thing to stir in someone made of stone like me!
Ultimately, I gave this novel 3/5 stars. It was a really nice holiday read and didn’t make me angry in the way that so many contemporary’s do. I actually cared about the characters and flew through the plot with ease.
It’s interesting because I’m torn between wondering if I’d have liked it more had I known what the book was going to be about, or would I have refused to pick it up if I’d known about the time-travel element? I guess we’ll never know.
Let me know what you guys thought of this book in the comments below and leave me any other recommendations to add to my 2018 TBR! If I don’t see you in the comments, I’ll see you tomorrow for more Blogmas fun!