Book Review: 4.2/5
Name: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Author: Gail Honeyman
Impression: This was one of the books that I picked up because of #bookstagram. After the first 50 pages I was contemplating throwing it away and never looking back. As the author peals her character’s personality one layer at a time, in the beginning I honestly considered Eleanor an inadequate girl with mommy issues that by some miracle, was living independently at 30. And then the layers start coming off, and she begins growing, and changing, and blooming, without it being unnatural written or forced, or just for the sake of character development. And you, as a reader, start getting attached to her.
Eleanor is in complete denial of her past and consequently, is stumped in a perpetual, inconsequential routine-filled week. She is harsh and judgmental with the people around, but most importantly, with herself – her mother’s voice in the back of her mind is a constant that never goes away. She really believes that she doesn’t deserve good things in life and is on a quest for self-punishment.
Eleanor’s crush on the singer was pretty hard to read, even though it made sense, considering her mental situation. The way she rationalized everything at the “end” of the affair felt a little implausible, full of all that common sense that was lacking before in her actions, but otherwise, long expected.
All in all, it was an interesting read that I truly enjoyed.
Will I read the author again: Hmm, probably, depending on the theme of her new novel.