Review: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

LandlineI won’t say I’m sorry.

Cute. In terms of the love story, it was cute and adorable. You have this husband who’s shy, faithful, and funny and then you have this wife, who’s despite being a workaholic, still loves and appreciates her husband. But the cuteness can only extend so far, so to sustain it, it needs support by creating a deep connection between the reader and the character—that’s the thing, it didn’t have one. Basically it was JUST cute.

Predictable. This part caters more on people who wants to read something without having to think too much, which is actually almost everyone. It’s an easy and effortless read. Just try reading 1/3rd of the book and you can actually complete the puzzle. No more impractical metaphors, no more litany of adjectives, no more bombardment of countless description and (your favorite part) no more unwanted opinions. Just plain old dialogues, inside jokes or quotes of famous (which in my case, non-existent) TV show and repeat.

Maybe it is really her style, to make every thing casual and relaxed—not that it’s bad—but sometimes you just crave for more depth. The thing is with Rainbow Rowell, the plot’s actually nice but her execution was just lousy. “That was it?!”—if she had her own book show, this would be the tagline.

Such a bummer making it into a Magical Realism.. What’s so special about a time travelling telephone if you don’t even use it?! I cannot even count how many times she kept on contemplating whether to make a call or not. I mean it’s just a fucking telephone, what are you so scared of?! We have a person stranded in the ocean with a tiger (Life of Pi by Yann Martel), a person explores an abandoned orphanage alone (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs) and a child interacts with an ancient creature (A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness). And there she is, afraid to pick up the fucking magic telephone. Great.

And really? Adding an extra love triangle won’t save your story.

Actual Rating: ✰✰✰

Do I like it: I actually hope I did

Recommended to: To people who loves anything that has a Rainbow Rowell written on it

(Fullybooked, Tall/Large Copy, P 644)


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