by Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: July 8th, 2014
Genre: Magical Realism
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Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now.
Maybe that was always beside 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 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?
Now, I don't usually read book about marriage from the perspective of a middle-aged woman, but this book was by RAINBOW ROWELL. How could I not pick it up, calling to me from the library book shelf? And I'm so glad I did. Georgie was hilarious, and even though they were forty, I still very much enjoyed the romance.
Rainbow has such a talent for making boys who would seem unattractive when described, completely dreamy. Young Neal does not sound like my kind of guy. He's shy, he never initiates a conversation, and he NEVER LAUGHS. That seems like the biggest turn-off. But through out the book, I found myself falling for him.
I also loved the relationship between Georgie and Seth. They were witty and entertaining, but still had heart.
THE PHONE CONVERSATIONS. I loved the back and forth between Georgie and Neal when she was old, and he young.
The one issue I had, was I realized something 200 pages before Georgie did. Whenever this happens, I get annoyed. It feels as if the author purposely included the characters ignorance to make the story more interesting, rather than more realistic. JUST NO.
That's all I can say in order to not spoil you. This novel was wonderful and I can't wait for Rainbow's next release!