Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors...Eleanor & Park is on my top ten reads of all time...and I when I met her and started gushing about her books, she hugged me...yeah its a forever kinda love. And with every favorite author, you approach the latest book with so much excitement and a tiny bit of fear...please don't let me down, please...and well, she didn't.
Now I love young adult literature, and not just because I am a teen librarian. There is some really amazing stuff being written for this age group (E&P...best.ever.) But sometimes I like to see myself in characters, to be able to relate to the characters with the present day me, not the me of *cough* twenty five years ago.
Landlines tells the story of Georgie and her husband Neal. They have been together for years and find themselves in that place in marriage, the we have kids to worry about place; we have careers to worry about place; we have a house to worry about place; we definitely don't have time to worry about the marriage place...anyone married over 10 years can relate. I love that she threw in a touch of magical realism...an old landline phone that can talk to a past version of her husband...oh what I could do with that...
It goes without saying that I love Rainbow's writing...here's why:
You don't know when your twenty-three.
You don't know what it really means to crawl into someone else's life and stay there. You can't see all the ways you're going to get tangled, how you're going to bond skin to skin. How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten - in fifteen. When Georgie thought about divorce now, she imagined lying side by side with Neal on two operating tables while a team of doctors tried to unthread their vascular system.
She didn't know at twenty-three.
Read this book...you won't be disappointed....except for the fact that it comes out in July.
Book Description via Amazon
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?