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 besides the point now.
Maybe that was always besides 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 home 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?
What worked for me?
I’ve gushed about Rainbow Rowell’s writing time and time again. And this time is no different. I love Georgie and I love Neal and I love Seth and I love that fantastic, yellow, magic landline phone.
Georgie knows she’s at a major crossroad in her marriage and it was such an emotional ride to be with her as she goes through it. I love the interspersed narratives of the past and the present so we get these scenes from the past of how they first met and how they fell in love. And because the story starts off from the phase in their lives where they are already married, these precious glimpses to the past were the perfect vehicle for the readers to get to know the characters better.
I loved how ‘real’ (as real as it can get) this book is. It talks of marriage as a work in progress and not something that simply exists in static after the happily ever after. It shows how the relationship between married couple can take its turns, happy and fulfilling and then sad and challenging at times.
The ending does not depict perfection, where everything is tied in a tiny red bow but it is happy and that’s what really matters, right? You can be happy without everything being perfect. And I think that’s an amazing message.
What did not work for me?
Only the fact that I have to wait another x-number of months before Rainbow releases her next book. More, Rainbow! Give me more books!
These are just some of my favorite passages from the book:
Neil didn’t take Georgie’s breath away. Maybe the opposite. But that was okay–that was really good, actually, to be near someone who filled your lungs with air.
Georgie wasn’t better off. Even if Neal was right–even if they’d never make it work together, even if they were fundamentally wrong for each other–she still wasn’t better of without him. (Even if your heart is broken and attacking you, you’re still not better off without it.)
My over-all take on it?
This was another wonderful and unique story from Rainbow Rowell. I love its over-all message and gosh, just reading her words gives me all kinds of feels (the best kind).
About the Author:
Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline).
Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & Park and Fangirl).
But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.
When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.
She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.
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