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From New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell, comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones.
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 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 to him to pack up the kids and go 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?
Rowell follows up children's novels Fangirl and Eleanor and Park, both released in 2013, with an adult novel about the ups and downs of marriage. Georgie McCool (yes, that's her real name) is a successful TV writer with a handsome writing partner and a chance to finally take her career to the next level; she's just been offered her own pilot, which means no more writing jokes for characters she didn't invent. The only problem? Her husband, Neal, is growing increasingly discontent with Georgie's endless work and his status as stay-at-home dad to their daughters, Noomi and Alice. When Georgie cancels the family trip over Christmas, Neal takes the girls and leaves Georgie behind. This is where the story gets interesting. When Georgie calls Neal's home, she doesn't reach the husband who's on the verge of leaving her she reaches the moody cartoonist she fell in love with during college, a past version of the current Neal. This magical plot device allows Georgie to investigate what drove her and Neal apart in flashbacks, and consider whether they were ever truly happy. Rowell is, as always, a fluent and enjoyable writer the pages whip by. Still, something about the relationship between Georgie and Neal feels hollow, like it's missing the complexity of adult love, despite the plot's special effects. First printing of 100,000.
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This will be a great read if you think women shouldn’t have careers
I’ve really enjoyed the Rainbow Rowell books I’ve read. They were far from perfect, but they were fun, and she has a knack for creating flawed but compelling characters.
I am trying not to be angry right now, but that is my response to this novel. It made me actively angry. The treatment by the husband of his wife, her accepting that sort of treatment as her fault, is NOT okay. (I watched my father do that to my mother, over and over, and destroy any hope of a career or friendship for a brilliant, incredibly talented woman.) The thing with the best friend felt tossed in and contrived, as if the author knew the husband’s behavior was not all right even in the slightest and was trying to justify it. It didn’t work.
I loathed this book by the time I’d finished it. I wish it were hard copy, so I could throw it, but my phone doesn’t deserve to be damaged because of an author’s anti-women-having-careers agenda. (“I don’t want to talk about it.” After all of that. Ugh. You a****le. THIS IS NOT OKAY.)
I wish I hadn’t spent money on this book. I wish I could unread it, that it wouldn’t be in my brain. It deserves two stars because it is well-written for a novel with such a stomach-churning, twisted, career-women-shaming center, though if it weren’t for that, it’d deserve zero stars. I honestly wish this had never been written.
Worth the Read!
Quick, thought provoking, adventure of the truthful mind.
Maybe It's Because I live in LA...
And am married, am thinking about kids and have a crazy career that keeps me really busy and away from my husband often...but this book hit so close to home there were parts that made me uncomfortable...in a good way. I read it in two days. I couldn't put it down. Definitely a great read and a solid thought-starter on love and marriage and what it all means.