Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Our MC is on the verge of divorce from her husband after he gets to the end of his tether with her putting her job before family and so he goes to visit his family for Christmas leaving her there. She finds a phone that magically allows her to speak to her husband in the past before they were married with kids and this helps her think about where she wants her life to go.

I felt like I couldn’t really relate to the characters because I’ve never been married and they were much older than me. This wasn’t necessarily a bad thing but at times it felt like I didn’t really get their motives because I’ve never been in any situations like it.

I absolutely adored the idea of this one phone being a gateway into your past. And that whilst in the past it was him who had made a mess and was thinking about what he wanted from the relationship, in the present she was trying to work through her own feelings and how she’d made every thing fall apart. It was like a really nice magical way of having someone think about why they got together with their significant other in the first place.

I did have a few problems with the discourse in this book because at times it did feel like the husband was mad at her for wanting to excel in her job. I completely understand that he wanted her to be around more for the kids because that’s important but it did feel like he was giving her an ultimatum. Like you either need to stop being so involved in work or I leave you. Like why couldn’t he just tell her she really needs to balance everything better. I would’ve liked to get to know present husband more than we did because to me he came off as a bit of a chauvinist compared to the past version of himself who read like an absolute sweetheart. There was a bit of a disjoint.

As with all previous Rowell books I’ve read the writing style was really easy to follow and I read this pretty quickly. Though at times I did find it a little on the slow side.

Overall I feel like the idea was really interesting and the execution was ok for the most part but it could’ve done with a bit more fleshing out in some areas and less in others.

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell | Hype or Like Friday (On a Saturday)


This is a weekly meme hosted by Larkin @ wonderfilledreads Britt @ Geronimo Reads, and Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books based on hyped up books. There is a Goodreads group which you can join in on where we read a hyped up book every month. Carry On was September’s book of the month to go along with the Back To School theme. I haven’t done Hype or Like in a while as it hasn’t been a book I have had an interest in but Carry On was on my shelf so here we are. And yes I own the colour in version which is signed by Rainbow Rowell.

As a lot of you may know, I absolutely adored Fangirl so Carry On was definitely on my TBR. Regardless of that it’s basically Drarry fic, and I love Drarry.

Simon Snow is the Chosen One, since he found out he was a mage he has been fighting his mortal enemy the Insidious Humdrum who has been making magic cold spots since the late 90s. Simon returns to school for his final year to discover his roommate, Baz, is missing. Baz and Simon have been at odds since they met, but for some reason Simon can’t stop looking for Baz.

I knew going into Carry On that it was Rainbow Rowell’s attempt at a Chosen One book, I knew it would be full of tropes and everything I’ve already read, but I was intrigued to see what Rowell would do with it. Carry On got a huge amount of hype within the book community so I had hoped there had to be more to this than just being a rehash of Harry Potter.

Honestly, the first 100+ pages I was like …this is just Harry Potter what’s the big deal? But I kept on with it because I found it funny and easy to read and wanted to see where it went. Once we finally meet Baz everything becomes different and things really start taking shape. I didn’t absolutely adore it like I did with Fangirl because the first 100-200 pages were so slow.

Simon and Baz are such an interesting pairing and most of the thrill of this book was just reading their interactions and the build up between them. Baz was definitely my favourite character, and I was so excited to read his POV chapters. On the reverse of that Agatha was my least favourite and god she just really fucking annoyed me. Rowell managed to create a slew of different characters who were all interesting in their own right, which is hard to do in fantasy in just one book.

There were times when reading this that I found myself laughing out loud, which one of the best parts of Rowell’s writing.There were so many British references as well which I found really shocking as she is American. AND AT ONE POINT ISLE OF SKYE IS MENTIONED WHICH IS WHERE I LIVE. It just felt like it wasn’t written by an American, there are even obscure advert references from when I was a child. It’s a silly book really, and I think some people who haven’t liked it have maybe taken it too seriously.

What I loved about Carry On was that it wasn’t your typical Chosen One story, it seemed like it would be but when you start learning all of the secrets you realise that this is different. On top of that it’s got a gay couple, you don’t see that in Chosen One stories. So for me this month it’s a Like.


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