Book C-23 | Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant has all of the quirks of someone that doesn’t possess social buffers. She is uninhibited and doesn’t bother padding her word choices with fluff. This novel follows Eleanor through work, home life, and into her evenings eating pizza with vodka and chatting with Mummy. She’s meticulous in everything she does and withdrawn from other humans, until she meets Raymond. Through Raymond’s friendship, Eleanor begins to dethaw and realize she is worthy of a lot more than her current allotment in life.
Eleanor had my heart instantly with her deadpan candor and awkwardness. At first, I thought this novel would be purely light -- no real source of conflict, no chance of a tear jerker. Halfway through, I realized I underestimated the depth Honeyman had in store for Eleanor. Eleanor made me want to go over to my neighbor’s house with a casserole and get to know someone different than myself. I wanted to pour love onto someone the same way the characters in this novel pour into each other (specifically Raymond’s mother -- what a treasure.) Generally, the writing felt very similar to Frederik Backman’s style which can be hit-or-miss for me but overall I still enjoyed this read.
🍸 Rec level: 4.25 of 5 | for fans of: Frederik Backman’s A Man Called Ove