Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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“Nobody’s lives just fit together. Fitting together is something you work at. It’s something you make happen – because you love each other.”

Title: Landline
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.
Rate: 4/5

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell ☆

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“Love. Purpose. Those are things that you can’t plan for. Those are things that just happen.”

Title: Attachments
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Why you should read this book: If you feel a little hopeless about your path in life maybe this book will help you a little like it did for me!

“The worst thing about the internet, as far as Greg’s bosses were concerned, was that it was now impossible to distinguish a roomful of people working diligently from a roomful of people taking the What-Kind-of-Dog-Am-I? online personality quiz”

Lincoln is starting a new job. He has to read the emails of the people working there then sending warnings if they use bad language, write personal emails etc. It’s not what he had in mind but it was the only one he found after going back home to live with his mom. He thinks he is been paid to do nothing but spying on his co-workers. His nights at work go slowly until he starts following the email conversations of two women, Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help but reading their emails, he feels a connection with Beth, even knowing she has a boyfriend. He doesn’t read the messages on purpose, they get flagged because they write personal emails almost everyday: now he is falling for Beth and he doesn’t even know how she looks like.

“He tried not to love that she could recite scenes from Ghostbusters, that she liked kung fu movies and could name all of the original X-Men— because those seemed like reasons a guy would fall for a girl in a Kevin Smith movie.”

Do you want to know what I’m doing? I’m smiling, smiling so much my face hurts!
I think I love everything this woman writes. Rainbow Rowell, you are our Queen! This book was lovely, funny, moving, I related so much to Lincoln I am seriously thinking about going to the gym (we all know that’s not going to happen, it is never going to happen).

When books are about teenagers I have so many feelings that make me feel young and careless. Then there are books like this one about people my age and things GET REAL!! I start having hope that maybe I’m not hopeless at all, maybe my time will come, my time to love again.

Lincoln hadn’t love in 8 years since the end of his one and only true relationship. That’s exactly what I’m living right now. I had a break up that took everything from me (almost 8 years ago, weird, right?) and gave me only fear of the world and self-esteem issues. Lincoln and I have a lot in common. And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT. First real love? Check. Moving away because of it? Check. Bad break up? Check. Having to move back home? Check. Afraid to move out and start writing “my story”? Check.
Unfortunately he is super cute and super tall and I’m nothing like that.

“So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.”

He have a “nosy job”: he has to read everyone’s email to see if they’re not breaking company rules. That’s a terrible job. Thanks to this job he starts reading, at first because it’s his duty, then for other reasons, the emails of Beth and Jennifer. These two women sure write a lot of personal emails at work! I think, for Lincoln, was like unwillingly eavesdropping your neighbors’ conversations because they talk really loudly. He had to read the flagged emails and send warnings. What else could he do? It was his job! Perfect excuse is perfect.

Of course I thought it was creepy but then he was so sweet. He is adorable. I love him, his sweet words, how he loves with all of himself, so much but not too much, the perfect “much”. Even if wasn’t good with people, they were still drawn to him. Lincoln’s character development was exactly how it was supposed to be, not forced like those movies where the lead changes who he/she is by magic, in a day, after one song.
I loved watching the time passing, the events occurring, people moving on like it’s suppose to happen, because that’s life. This could happen to anyone!

“I think I missed my window.”
“What window?”
“My get-a-life window. I think I was supposed to figure all this stuff out somewhere between twenty-two and twenty-six, and now it’s too late.”

I feel this book so close to me. It doesn’t describe my past but it has a lot in common with what I’ve been through. I haven’t talk to anyone about my fears because they are mine and if I don’t find a way to move on on my own I will never learn from my mistakes, just like Lincoln. It may take a while but I’m positive things will turn out the perfect way.

I will think about this book for a while, it is in my heart and will stay there forever.

Do I recommend it? Yes, read it, I say it from the bottom of my heart.
Rate: 5+++/5
☆: It made my “favourite books” list

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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“He smiles, and he’s made of trouble.”

Title: Carry On
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Why you should read this book: magic, young love, vampires, ghosts, mysteries to solve!

If you haven’t read the book “Fangirl” by Rainbow Rowell don’t read the summary nor the review because it may contain spoilers.

Simon Snow is preparing himself for his last year at the Watford School of Magicks and he is hoping it can be better than all the previous years. Unfortunately as soon as he arrives there are only bad news waiting for him: his mentor, The Mage, wants to send him away to protect him, and his girlfriend Agatha broke up with him because she fell in love with his nemesis and roommate, Baz. And guess what? Baz didn’t even show for the beginning of school and that is driving Simon crazy!
The Mages world is threatened by the Humdrum, an evil entity that swallows magic wherever he shows, and it seems that it follows Simon ruining all his hopes for a relaxing and quiet last year of school.

Loved it, loved it, really loved it!! I was already in love with the characters from Cath’s fanfics but now that I truly know them I love them a whole lot more. Simon, the terrible chosen one obsessed with his roommate, Baz, a charming and rich student with a secret. Penny, Simon’s best friend and powerful mage and Agatha…I don’t like her, from beginning to end I didn’t like her. Sorry!

I always love when stories are told from different POVs (like Eleanor & Park), every chapter seen from a different perspective so that the reader can see what’s really going on in the characters’ heads. I love the parts where the POVs were switching every few sentences. If you’ve read the book you’ll know exactly what glorious part I’m referring to. I still have goose bumps. Sometimes I think my heart will not get excited over teenager’s feelings because I’m, let’s say, an older lady, but then these painful feelings of love start inside my heart and explode like a supernova!

“For a moment — not even a moment, a split second — I imagine him saying, ‘The truth is, I’m desperately attracted to you.’ And then I imagine myself spitting in his face. and then I imagine licking it off his cheek and kissing him. (Because I’m disturbed. Ask Anyone.)”

Simon & Baz are fictional characters of a fictional book inside Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. Cath, the main character of the book, writes fan fictions about them being in love. Knowing these premises we know that Simon & Baz are going to be together, in love, a mage and a mage/vampire. Roommates at first then something more. We don’t know exactly how this is going to happen because in Fangirl we are only shown a few chapters of the fanfic but we know that love is just behind the corner for these two guys who think they hate each other. Yeah, sure, hate!

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How cute are they?

The plot of Carry On is not focused on romance, is focused on two different situations: the battle of the mages world against the insidious humdrum and finding the truth behind a very important event that happened a long time ago in Watford. Simon will have his best friend Penelope, Penny, to help him and Baz. Will they be able to collaborate without fighting all the time? Will Simon understand what is that feeling he’s had in him for a very long time?

My otp is adorable beyond compare! I was grinning from ear to ear all the time! I read about them fighting and all I could think about was “Just kiss each other”!

The only think I didn’t 100% love was the ending. I found it a little hasty. I know the book was already long enough but I thought there were a couple of things that needed more explanation. A part from that everything was perfect! I think I will think about this story for a very long time.

Do I recommend it? Yes, Simon & Baz will steal your heart.
Rate: 5/5

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