Landline is another awesome novel from the ever-expanding collection of classics coming from Rainbow Rowell. I’ve loved every novel of Rainbow’s that I’ve read (all of them): Fan Girl, Eleanor & Park, and Attachments. This one was closer to Attachments than Eleanor & Park, but I found myself (as a newlywed) really relatable.
Georgie McCool (yes, that’s her real name) is finally getting somewhere in her career. She’s a writer for a popular TV show and the pilot episode for her very own series is being presented to the network! The only problem… she’s supposed to be going to her husband Neal’s mother’s home in Omaha with their two little girls. She tries to explain to Neal why her career is worth more than their trip to Omaha – and fails. Neal and her children leave for Omaha, while Georgie stays back in Los Angeles to finish her pilot episode.
When Georgie calls Neal from her mother’s house, she gets through, but not to the present-day Neal… by some magic, Georgie gets through to Neal from the Christmas they got engaged. Georgie is transfixed and remembers all over again why she loves Neal. Georgie would do anything to save her failing marriage and she can’t seem to kick the feeling that this magical reconnection was given to her for a reason. How can Georgie write her show (her dream) without losing her husband and true love?
UGH. THE FEELS. Rainbow, how is it that you know exactly how my mind works and exactly how to tug at those heartstrings?! All of Rainbow’s characters are me… me as different people, me in different lives. She is a fantastic writer and Landline is no different. GREAT read! Pick it up now! =)
I know this is a funny comic, but I think and pray for our homeless a lot. I wish more people would respect other people (even others suffering from alcoholism or addiction) more than money.
Transparent is Natalie Whippet‘s debut novel that I decided to pick up after falling in love with her writing in House of Ivy and Sorrow. She is such a fantastic writer and so personable, I couldn’t help but enjoy her novel.
Fiona is invisible. No, no, hear me out. And she’s the daughter of an infamous crime lord who has forced her to do his dirty work for years. WAIT. It’s not as silly as it sounds. Fiona is tired of her father’s manipulations, so when her mother suggests they run away (yet again) Fiona jumps at the opportunity. She finally has a normal life: she’s going to school, ignoring her mother, fighting with her brother and doing everything that a normal teenager would do. But being invisible is not as simple as it seems. She struggles against her classmate’s weird looks and her own failures in class. What’s an invisible girl to do in the real world, especially when her father puts a bounty out for her and her mother?
Transparent is such a funny premise, I really didn’t know how I’d feel about the novel, but it’s the WRITING, that’s how she gets me. This novel was not as in-depth and complex as House of Ivy and Sorrow, but it was just plain FUN! I’ve got the sequel to this novel (Blindsided) waiting for me at the library right now! Please keep writing, Natalie! You have a sure-fire fan in this geeky girl! Recommended for a fun read!!
Jinx by Sage Blackwood is another middle school novel that I decided to check out after my trip to Books of Wonder in New York. It started off as a simple book, similar to Iron-hearted Violet, but really took off at about the halfway point.
Jinx is an orphan who finds himself working as a wizard’s apprentice to Simon Magus. Simon has so many secrets and only lets Jinx into part of his life. After a fight, Jinx runs away from the wizard and into the dangerous and mysterious Urwald forest. After running into Simon’s fellow (and more dangerous) wizard friend and finds that the Urwald forest may need him more than he realized.
There were so many twists in this novel that I did not expect! Jinx is such a complex character. I was really drawn into this novel right at the end, even with the simple language. I look forward to picking up the sequel to Jinx! Suggested for middle school/YA fantasy lovers!
Iron Hearted Violet is a middle-school novel by Kelly Barnhill. To be completely transparent, I thought the cover looked cool, so I figured why not?!
Not all princesses are beautiful. Violet thinks she’s a perfect example of this hardened fact. Violet is smart, she is well-loved, and she loves to weave intricate stories, but she still longs for the beauty she rightfully deserves as a princess. Violet and her best friend Demetrius find a hidden room with a secret book describing the Nybbas, an evil being stuck in their world. After stumbling upon the book, Violet begins to hear a voice whispering to her and talking to her about her deepest, darkest secrets. With the help from a scarred dragon and Demetrius, Violet can help the Nybbas triumph or fail, but which is it?
This story is weaved really well. It was pretty apparent that the reading level was lower than I’m used to, but I enjoyed the story. Violet is such a lovable and relatable character, she struggles with real issues that most adults struggle with on the daily. The dragon was probably my favorite part! Suggested for a very light read… it reads almost like a children’s novel, but good writing!