Georgie McCool writes for a terrible but widely successful TV show with Seth, her best friend and writing partner since college. Together over the length of their careers they have been working on the perfect sitcom. After a decade of dreaming, they finally get an opportunity to pitch their show to a producer. Georgie and Seth are psyched, and there are only like 500 reasons why this is the worst time ever for this awesome break. Georgie has plane tickets for a long-awaited excursion with her husband, Neal, and their two daughters. Neal and Georgie’s marriage has been screaming for help for years, and when Georgie breaks the news that she has to stay in California for the holiday to write several episodes of a show that only has a slim possibility of being produced, Neal decides to take their girls anyway, leaving Georgie devastated. Does this act signify the end of their marriage?
While staying with her eccentric mother and sister, Georgie finds her rotary phone in her old bedroom. Unable to reach Neal on his cell phone, she desperately tries the landline where Georgie used to call him on holiday breaks in college. Neal answers, but it’s not present day Neal—it’s Neal from 1998! This is the Neal who broke up with Georgie only to propose ten days later on Christmas Day. Is this phone magic? Will Georgie get another chance with her soul mate? Is Georgie insane? Yes.
What follows is a devilishly cute story of true love, long distance, and magic. Every character is unique and endearing (just like all of Rowell’s characters). I never wanted this story to be over and you won’t either. Georgie McCool more than lives up to her name.