Author: Gail Honeyman
Genre: Fiction, contemporary
Pub Date: May 9, 2017
Taken from Goodreads
No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine. Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together saved Sammy, an elderly gentlemen who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue and another from the lives of isolation they each have been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.
I know I’m finishing this one a bit late, and I’ve seen a ton of reviews on it already, but this was such a fun story, I wanted to review it anyway! Eleanor is such a interesting and adorable character, despite her tragic background, I just loved her!💗
I absolutely loved her internal dialogue she had about her daily life and the people she came in contact with. She was very judgmental and literal as she went about her routine life, thinking everything was “fine” which was quite hilarious at times. I was definitely cheering for her throughout the book.
As the story goes along you realize Eleanor is avoiding some painful childhood experiences, but they are not completely revealed until almost the very end. Through Eleanor’s counseling sessions more and more of the story starts to come together.
Eleanor also discovers that their is more to life than the routine life she’s been living. She makes a new friend, gets a makeover, even tries a bikini wax, that didn’t go so well. 😂
It’s Eleanor’s friendship with Raymond, the IT guy from work that is the main story. Even though he is very unhygienic and dresses like a slob, she manages to look past that as they form a special friendship. This is a total feel good story and I can’t wait to see the movie when it comes out!
Have you read this one? What were your thoughts?
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