Source: An advance copy was provided by the publisher in return for an honest review. Thank you!
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble; it has 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 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?
The characters in this story are very unique. Both Georgie and Neal could be unlikeable. Georgie seemed to neglect her family for her job, while Neal was the kind of person who never laughed or smiled. However, for some reason, they clicked as a couple. Both did aggravate me at times, but they were very interesting to read about.
Rainbow Rowell does utilize flash backs to help tell the story of Georgie and Neal's relationship, staring with college. I liked this a lot, and I felt they were easy to follow and understand. It was neat seeing where they started and how they ended up after they were married. Along with that, present Georgie can have conversations with past Neal, which added a whole new dimension to their relationship. This story is really thought-provoking.
While I loved many things about this book, it was hard for me to connect with it. I am in a long-term relationship so I could kind of relate to that aspect. However, the characters are much older than me and I am not married, nor will I soon be married. In those ways it was hard to connect. On top of that, the characters, while intriguing, weren't very likable.
With all of that said, I think the writing is where this book shines. It's quick and easy to read, but also makes you think. It's extremely well-written and I loved it even though I didn't love the characters. I enjoyed reading about their relationship and seeing how everything played out.
If you are already a fan of Rainbow Rowell, this is a must read. Also, if you're looking for a more adult story with slight bit of magic thrown in, I would highly recommend this one!