Landline by Rainbow Rowell | Book review

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Hello readers. Today I’m going to review Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I read three of her books and this is the fourth one so far. My favorite one was of course Fangirl. Because you know you’re 100% obsessed with a book when you talk about the characters as if they were real. You should give it read guys, you’ll love it. So let’s review this book.

Landline is an adult contemporary romance novel about Georgie McCool’s miserable marriage. She is a TV writer and her friend Seth works with her. Georgie is married to Neal and they have two daughters. Alice and Naomie. A week before Christmas, Neal told Georgie that they are going to visit his parents in Omaha on Christmas and she agreed. But, after a couple of days, she told Neal that she can’t go with him and the girls, because something exciting happened to her show that is too important to pass. She has an offer to write her own TV show with Seth, which they were dreaming about ever since they graduated from college. Neal got mad and frustrated, because Georgie selfishly chose her work over her family during their holiday. So, Neal decided that he’s going to take the girls with him to Omaha without her. Georgie stayed in LA to work on writing her show. Then, her mom called her many times at work and tried to convince her to stay with her and Heather, Georgie’s half sister. She said ok, even though she felt guilty about what she did, she still didn’t want to be alone in an empty house. She stayed in her old bedroom and while she was looking for something to wear, she found an old yellow phone inside her closet that she bought from a garage sale a long time ago, but never used it. And since her phone was broken, she thought about trying it to call Neal. However, when she dialed his number, something weird happened. She knew it was Neal’s voice, but it was different and sounded younger. When he said hello, she heard his father talking to him, but Neal’s father is dead. So how is he alive? She told herself it was her imagination playing tricks on her or probably because she was too tired to concentrate, but when she asked Neal who’s talking, he said it’s my dad Georgie! She hung up the phone and stepped back, just to process the whole thing. When she put the pieces together, she came up with a theory. Landline is a yellow magical phone that can call people from the past, so she was practically calling Neal from 1998 when he was 22 and that’s pretty much before 15 years ago.

 

The concept of Landline sounds interesting and magical. But I didn’t feel the vibes of this book at all. It was supposed to be about a magical phone, but honestly, I felt the whole story was about Georgie and Neal’s terrible marriage issues. The whole time I was reading it, I was asking myself, When is something magical going to happen in the story?  The plot was repetitive and quite dull. Basically the whole story was about Georgie blaming herself about what happened to their marriage. She was thinking that she could fix her marriage by calling Neal from the past and ignoring the real Neal in the present. That’s silly! There was no communication between them at all. Even when Georgie called Neal from the present, he was always away, asleep, or out. He didn’t make an effort to call her and sort things out. Every time they fought or disagreed on something, they ignored each other. They were in their thirties, but they were acting like stubborn teenagers. Georgie is self absorbed, bossy, and inconsiderate. And Neal is ignorant and intolerant. I didn’t understand what was charming about him. He doesn’t smile all the time, and his face is always frowny. When Georgie called him once, he told her he was sleepy and she should hang up now and call him later. There was no connection between them. Their marriage felt like it was forced on them. Don’t get me wrong, I admire Rainbow’s realistic and witty writing style, but this one was a huge let down in comparison with her other books. I was forcing myself to read the rest of this book for two weeks, because I felt like the plot kept repeating itself over and over. The only two adorable characters that I liked were Alice and Naomi. I don’t get it really, if you are in an unhappy relationship with someone where you don’t bother to talk about your problems at all, then what’s the point of being together? Everyone knows that communication is an essential element in any relationship, and if this element doesn’t exist, then everything would fall apart. Well, maybe it’s just me who didn’t like this book, but I if you want to read it,  give it a try, and tell me what you think of this book once you finish reading it.

Side note: last week I was reading my old posts and I noticed some mistakes, and I corrected them. I apologize to all of you guys. I just want you to know that I didn’t misspell them on purpose. I’m such an impatient person, and sometimes I get too excited to write my thoughts about a book and forget to revise what I write before I post my review. I am sincerely sorry, and I promise you it won’t happen again.

 

Between The Lines by Jodi Picoult| Book review

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“The act of reading is a partnership. The author builds a house, but the reader makes it a home.”

Hello again readers. It’s been a while since I wrote the last book review. If only I could stop procrastinating, life would be easier, but oh well, at least I’m trying. Anyways, every time I finish  a book that has a complex, dry or long content, I feel like reading a fluffy and fast paced book, because I like to balance things out. So let me tell you why I picked up this book. About two years ago, while I was on Tumblr I came across a quote which said “Someone should write a book where the main character slowly falls in love with the reader.” And I tweeted it, then a girl replied to me and said there’s a book called Between The Lines where the main character inside it actually falls in love with its reader. And ever since then, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I looked for the book everywhere, but unfortunately I couldn’t find it, so I gave up on reading it. But last week I was sitting on my laptop downloading a bunch of books to read on ibooks, and I remembered it. And literally, I’ve spent three hours searching for a pdf or epub version, and finally I found one. I was so thrilled to read it, and once I started reading the first page, I just completely felt connected to it. So let’s begin reviewing this book.

Between the lines is not your typical kind of fairy tale. It’s about a prince named Oliver where he is supposed to rescue a girl from an evil man called Rapscullio. His father died courageously in a battle when his mother was giving birth to him. Unlike his father, he doesn’t think of himself as a hero who would go on a missions or take risks to save people, because he’d rather be safe than sorry.

The strange thing about this book is that every time someone opens it, all the characters go in their positions to act according to the plot. And when the book is closed, they scatter around the kingdom doing what they like. And each one of them has a hobby. They are completely different people whenever the book is closed. Oliver is so bored of being trapped in a book repeating his story for the millionth of times. He wants to know if there’s more to life than what’s inside those pages. He basically wants to get out of this book. Like how crazy is that! Oliver yelled and screamed his lungs out many times when the book was opened, but none of the readers heard him, and that made him feel disappointed. Recently, Oliver has noticed a girl named Delilah who always reread this fairy tale, and he wanted her to notice him, so he thought of writing a word on the page 43, and took a wooden stick and carved “help me” on the top of the page.

Delilah is a bookworm teenager who doesn’t like to socialize or go out like other kids in her age. Her father left them a long time ago, and her mom is always worried about her, because she reads and stays in her room all the time. One day, Delilah was rearranging books with her teacher at the school library and she found a fairy tale for kids on the shelf called Between The Lines, so she decided to borrow it. And ever since then, she became obsessed with this book. She felt connected to the main character Oliver, because they both grew up without a father. She reread it countless times to the point where she knows each line and each page by the heart. In the morning, while her mom was getting ready, Delilah opened the book, but she noticed something different, there’s a word written on the page which is “help me”. She thought she was imagining it, but she knew what her eyes saw. When she was going to sleep, she opened the book on page 43 and it was gone. But suddenly she heard a voice, and when she talked to the voice, she realized that Oliver is actually talking to her, which was insane. She couldn’t believe it at first, but when she opened it again to make sure she wasn’t out of her mind, it was real, Oliver can see her and talk to her.

When Oliver told Delilah that he wants to get out of the book, she was stunned, like that’s  beyond impossible. But when he convinced her, she agreed on helping him. Lately, Delilah’s mother was concerned about her. She hears her sometimes talking in her room to herself, which was disturbingly weird. One night, her mother came into her room while she was talking to the book, and she saw her. She was worriedly surprised, and she told her that’s she’s going to take her to a therapist. Delilah said ok, I’m going to go, just to make her mom get out of her room and talk with Oliver. After that, Delilah’s mission to make Oliver escape this fairy tale made her life more complicated. She ignored everyone around her, and finding a solution for Oliver is what she thought about all the time. Even her mother thought there was something going on but despite her attempts, she couldn’t find out what’s making Delilah isolating herself most of the time. So, Will Oliver be able to get out of the book and live in our world? If you want to know, go on and read the book, you won’t regret it.

 What I like about this book is that all bookworms can relate to. We’ve all had one of those moments when we felt so emotionally\mentally connected to the character in the book we were reading that we wished the character could talk to us. It’s a fluffy read and some parts of the book are hilarious. It’s filled with beautiful illustrations that show how some of the characters look like in the fairy tale. The mermaids illustration is my favorite one, they’re so pretty. Also, the color of the font is not black in all the pages. When Delilah speaks the color of the font turns to green, and when Oliver speaks the color of the font turns to blue. You know how I told you at the beginning of the review that Rapscullio was evil? Well, he’s not! When the book is closed, he paints on canvas and collects butterflies, even Oliver’s mom goes to the kitchen and bake instead of the cook in their castle. Everyone is their own unique person in this fairy tale, which means that people are not always what they seem. Everyone has two sides, the one they keep to themselves, and the one they choose to show to others. Lastly, when life gets heavy, we find refuge in in the world of fiction. So let’s all be thankful for the imagination and all the places it could take us to.

“Just because it’s fiction doesn’t mean it’s any less true.”