Genre: Literary Fiction – Mental Health
Target Audience: 14+
Rating: A- (86%)
Goodreads Rating: 4/5
WARNING: This book does contain verbal and physical abuse.
Literary fiction isn’t normally something that I’m eager to pick up. It usually takes me a hot minute to convince myself that I’ll enjoy it.
My boss convinced me to read this one. After every customer that came into the bookstore (where I work) continued to say that it was ‘oh so gooood!’, I caved. My boss was very pleased, even offered me her copy, but oh no, I shall not accept someone elses copy. I got my own, and I read it.
At first I found it boring. I thought that Eleanor was boring and a little annoying with how she thinks (sorry, but it’s true). Then, somewhere along the line, I’m not really sure when, I really started to enjoy the book. I started to enjoy Eleanor. I couldn’t put it down, I needed to know what happened. So I gulped it all up, and it was delicious.
Overall, I rated it four out of five stars, just for the beginning. It can be a hard one to get into, but once you’re fully submerged, I reckon you’ll probably like it too.
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.
The break down of my rating:
Style & Tone: 8/10
Enjoyment Factor: 8/10