So I know I said I probably wasn’t going to review this but then I decided to anyway since this week is just devoted to reviews. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get into this super short review.
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 unnecessary human contact, 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 save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen, the three rescue one another from the lives of isolation that they had been living. Ultimately, it is Raymond’s big heart that will help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. If she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.
Smart, warm, uplifting, “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .
the only way to survive is to open your heart.
Trigger Warnings: suicide attempt, depression, physical abuse, emotional abuse, PTSD, alcoholism
The second half of this book was pretty good. I like how Eleanor started to evolve as a person. She learned a lot about herself and others.
The Not So Good
I felt very eh about this book. The first half was a drag, I had trouble connecting to Eleanor, and several parts of the story were incredibly predictable. The pacing just wasn’t it for me.
All in All
In all honestly, I don’t understand why this book is so hyped. Maybe I just don’t fall into the target audience but I just really couldn’t connect with this until the story was nearly over.