Landline

Landline
Landline
by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love you more than I hate everything else.

Landline is about Georgie McCool, her marriage with Neal and the struggle in juggling family life and career. Georgie McCool has been waiting for a big opportunity her entire career, however, in order to achieve it she must work around Christmas. Instead of staying with Georgie, Neal decided to go on with their trip with their children, leaving Georgie in Los Angeles that christmas. Georgie then starts to wonder if this is the end of their marriage. She goes home to their childhood bedroom where a yellow telephone allows her to talk to past Neal – before the marriage even happened. Georgie starts to wonder if it will be better if they didn’t marry at all. Is their love for each other enough? They are very different people with different interests after all.

Some romance books dwell on the beginning of love where the fire burns oh so brightly. This book, on the other hand, dwells on the love that has surpassed almost a couple of decades. This story is not about the expectation of love – it is really love itself. Most books would show love with grand gestures – showing up in front of your door and declaring your love to the other person. This book has that too. But the great thing is, it has more than that. This book shows us the truth. That there is more to love than the great things. Marriage is a hard work (I’m not married yet though so I’m just guessing here). And sometimes, it’s just a matter of choice between to go on and try again or just give up.

Even if the book is dealing with something heavy, the narrative is really light. I really enjoyed the shift from the present married life to the time they were just dating and starting their life together.The pace of the book is really exciting as well. The book is also very emotional as well. I also just chose to ignore the concept of a magic time-travelling phone since Rainbow Rowell didn’t really give us an explanation. Maybe it’s just really magic. Setting aside the magic phone, this book is actually very realistic with its portrayal of love.This book is really great but I just felt like there is something missing. I didn’t feel like I was really into the book the way I am with Colleen Hoover’s romances. I don’t know why but I just felt a little bit detached. That’s why I gave it four stars.

This book, even when it’s about marriage, will be a good read for everyone in my opinion. It will teach us a lot about relationships and ourselves too. Family is also a big component of this book. So if you’re looking for just a light-hearted book but you don’t want a shallow concept either, this book will be a good read for you.

Eleanor & Park

 

Eleanor & Park

 

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 3 of5 stars

What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that?, he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away? The math seemed impossible.

 

Eleanor and Park is actually a typical teenage love story. Two people living their opposite lives meet in a way that happens everyday, in a way that could have happened to anyone- in their case, the school bus. Slowly, through their mutual interests drawing them together, they realize that the person is so much more and they fall in love. However, life is just not that simple – Eleanor’s life is not simple and their love is actually “forbidden”.

I really liked the narrative of this book. The story was told the way teenagers would have told it. Inside Eleanor’s POV, I could hear a teenage girl in love talking about her first love and how it’s the only thing that matters in my life now. Let’s face it – we were all there. Eleanor, in my opinion, was a bit selfish and all her attention was on Park. When I reflected it to my reality, I realized that it’s just how we are – we think our first love is the best thing that ever happened to us – and the best thing that would ever happen to us. Rainbow Rowell was able to portray the minds of a sixteen-year-old guy and a sixteen-year-old girl in love.

The light-heartedness of the narrative, for me, overpowers the heavy concepts which made it very easy to read. If you are looking for something to make you smile and giggle, then this might be a great read for you. But, that’s all the book has done for me so if you’re actually looking for something that will change you, this might not be it.

The ending haunts me though. I really wanted more. It was not enough for me. It was too vague. I’m the kind of person who seeks closure so I’m not really fond of open endings.

Moreover, I feel like there’s something lacking here – something that makes young adult romances above the others. This book’s elements are something that I have seen before. There’s nothing that makes me really laugh out loud, or pause reading to cry or to scream.

This book is just like an acquaintance, you enjoy the company for a while but it’s not someone you’d call to have dinner with or share exciting news with.