In the 21st century with a wider teen audience than ever, YA fic writers like Rowell seem to be fighting for readers. However, Rowell has truly made a name for herself for an ever progressive and ever changing new generation of readers.
Landline by Rainbow Rowell tells the endearing tale of Georgie, a screenwriter, wife and mother of two as she struggles to reconnect with her husband. Work forces Georgie to stay behind while her family leaves for the holidays and it seems that her marriage is on the brink – until she discovers her landline from her teen years that allows her to communicate with a younger version of her husband.
It may seem at first that Rowell targeted this book at an older audience – and perhaps that is true. However, the rom com story structure, the progressive themes, and colloquial narration all indicate signs of a good YA novel.
A silly seeming concept at first, Rowell develops a multidimensional story as she experiments with the chronology of the story and the growth of her characters that one can’t help but fall in love with.
Funny, bold, fresh and heartwarming, Landline awaits you at your local library.