Official Stuff –
Author – Rainbow Rowell
Pages – 308
Publisher – St. Martin’s Press
Series – Stand Alone
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 besides the point now.
Maybe that was always besides 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 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?
My Rating – 4 of 5 stars
I am back in the Rainbow Rowell groove. Really enjoyed this book, blew through it in a day, stay up late to finish it. (Too late, as I am currently exhausted as I write this review the next day.)
Georgie McCool (yes that is her real name) has been with Neal since college. She loves him, he loves her. However they have issues and Georgie knows that. Georgie also knows that it’s mostly her fault. She works really long hours most days of the week. She works these long hours with her best friend Seth, whom she has been best friends with since before Neal ever came into the picture. She also used to be in love with him but that was way back in freshman year of college.
Georgie and Seth are TV writers and after years and years of sucky TV shows, they have the chance to write their own show. Great right? Just what every TV writer aspires too (probably. I’m assuming that’s what they aspire to). However, it means writing four episodes by December 27th, which means that Georgie can’t go to Omaha to visit Neal’s family.
Neal tries to hide his irritation with Georgie but it’s clear that he’s pissed and she has effed up. He decides to take the kids and go without her. Georgie doesn’t think anything of this decision at first but when her mom calls and explains that she talked to Neal that morning and he said they were spending time apart, she thought that mean they were separating and Georgie starts to think the troubles are bigger than she thought.
Neal doesn’t answer her calls. Doesn’t respond to her text messages. After her cell battery dies, she finds an old yellow phone in the room she grew up in. Neal finally picks up, their conversation is short and something seems off. When Georgie uses the same phone to call the next night she realizes she isn’t talking to her current Neal, she’s talking to Neal from 1998 at a time when she thought their relationship was over.
At first, she thinks she’s going crazy. I mean, who wouldn’t?! The stress of having to write four TV scripts in a few days, plus still handling her current TV show, plus fact that her husband might have left her and taken the kids is enough to make anyone go crazy.
When the nightly conversations continue, Georgie wonders if this is supposed to be her chance to stop Neal from making the biggest decision of his life.
This is an adult novel (obviously!) about the trails of marriage and it’s pretty damn realistic (besides the magic time traveling phone). Neal has never liked California, never liked Georgie’s job, and never really liked Seth. He took jobs he hated. He quit his job to stay home with the kids. But he’s put up with all of it for all these years because he loves Georgie. Georgie just sometimes takes it for granted.
She’s living her dream, a husband she loves, amazing kids, and she’s got her dream career. But she knows that Neal is unhappy and that she is to blame. So what’s a girl to do?
I can understand Georgie and I can understand Neal. Both have great, valid arguments. Georgie is doing what she’s always wanted to do and Neal should support her, right? But Neal is unhappy in the situation, his wife is gone most of the time and he’s stuck in a place he hates, so Georgie should want to make him happy, right?
See why marriage is so hard?! Its give and take and you have to learn when to give and when to take. You have to want your marriage to work (unless your spouse is a huge A-Hole and then you cut that loser loose.) which is what Georgie learns. She has to learn to try.
I had no real issues with this book, other than Neal was a huge ass in college and I couldn’t understand what Georgie saw in him. But hey love is blind sometimes.
Read this book!