Landline

Landline

Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, 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?
Publisher: [S.I.] : Macmillan Audio, 2014
ISBN: 9781427239334
1427239339
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Lowman, Rebecca
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CMRNGA Apr 27, 2015

Sorry, this is my first review at the library- hope it is in the right place!

I read Eleanor and Park and love the story and the characters, but it was a bit young for me so I was excited to see Rowell had written a novel about adults. I checked out the audio version on Landline.
Horrible book. So sad I listened to this book and destroyed my impression of RR as an author.
Are their really women who think like Georgie? Put up with Neal's passive/aggressive anger and emotional coldness?
In this day and age are we really still at the point where a man taking care of his own children deserves worship? This book was incredibly depressing as the author twists Georgie from a competent, successful adult into a whiny, sniveling pathetic shell of a women who must apologize for her success and must sabotage and sacrifice her career to fulfill her husband's negative narcissism. What is so sad is that they have a completely traditional relationship, only she is the breadwinner. And a good one at that. She and her writing partner are just on the cusp of getting their dream show on network television. So of course Neal decides he has to punish Georgie by imploding their marriage and derailing the show- jeopardizing the careers of three people. All this despite the fact that at one time he considered joining the military. Did he think every soldier gets to go home every holiday? Yeah right.
Then you get to the eponymous conceit of the the land-line. Is it all in her head? Is she really holding a link between dimensions? Who cares! She is equally pathetic in either one. For example- how can a woman who has given birth TWICE still have no idea what a placenta is? How pathetic is she that she can't manage to buy an IPhone charger in LA?!
If you need to read a book that romanticizes an emotionally abusive relationship and infantalizes successful women then this is the book for you!

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kesha1123
Aug 13, 2014

Beautiful writing, really beautiful story, beautiful characters. Neil Georgie and Seth are memorable characters. They came off the pages and existed. The hilarious references to sitcoms and dramas of the 80s and 90s are laugh out loud funny. To build a genius novel around the concept of the dying landline is incredibly impressive. If Rowell's name is attached to it, I'm reading it.

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