“Nobody’s lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It’s something you make happen – because you love each other.”
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Why you should read this book: Because who doesn’t want to have a phone that connects you to your past? Sounds dangerously fun!
Georgie McCool is a tv show writer with a marriage that is not going so good lately, or maybe it has never been good from the start. She loves her husband and daughters and she knows her husband Neal loves her, too, but is it enough to make it work? Is love enough to keep a marriage alive?
When Georgie can’t go with Neal to his family in Omaha for Christmas, she stays home with her mother, step-sister and step-dad. Neal has left without many words, he is mad with her and he isn’t talking to her. Georgie is afraid her marriage is falling apart and one night when trying to call Neal’s house in Omaha something weird happens, Neal answers the phone but it’s not her husband, it’s Neal from 1998, Neal before he proposed to her.
Is this an opportunity to set things straight and fix her marriage before it’s too late?
“We’re not broken up.”
“I know, but we’re still broken.”
Second buddy read with my sister! I’m starting to like it a lot!
I’m giving this book “almost 4 stars” because of the many things that could have being explained better. I enjoyed a lot the flashbacks, how Georgie and Neal fell for each other. I didn’t like very much how self-centered she was and how Neal acted like a child when they fought. You are almost 40 years old, if you are mad you have to say it out loud, not stop answering texts and phone calls, that’s really immature!
How is Georgie suppose to know she is wrong if he doesn’t call her back and tells her he is not happy with their actual situation? All those days without a call, he tried a couple times and she with her half broken phone didn’t get the call. Try again, you love her, try again!!
“Whether it’s enough. How does anyone ever know whether love is enough? It’s an idiotic question. Like, if you fall in love, if you’re that lucky, who are you to even ask whether it’s enough to make you happy?”
The magical phone was a nice touch, how she thinks she is given a second chance to make things right. But what does she have to make right? What can she do to save her marriage? Does she have to convince Neal from 1998 not to propose? What about their daughters? Messing up with the past can be very dangerous!
Those phone calls made her realize how she was always a selfish person who didn’t compromise with her boyfriend/husband, always thinking about her well being, her show, her future, thinking Neal was always going to be by her side no matter what even if she knew he was unhappy she wasn’t doing anything to about it. That magical phone was ironically her “wake up call” to fix things. It’s never too late to be happy, it’s never too late to realize you have been making the same mistake for a lot of time. If you really want to change, you have to be honest with the people you love and love you and start over.
“I can live without you, but it won’t be any kind of life.”
Do I recommend it? Yes, it may not be perfect like every other Rainbow Rowell’s books but it’s still a very sweet romantic story.