Author: Gail Honeyman
Goodreads Synopsis: “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 save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. ”
Review: Oh Eleanor, I will admit I was pleasantly surprised with this story. In fact in the beginning of the story I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it but I ended up really admiring this story and Eleanor’s life. It’s about finding yourself and learning to live with what might have happened in your past. Another current theme is having friends and people who you can talk to because this life is messy from the start and if you don’t have that support you might not get to where you want to be. You’ll laugh during this story, you’ll feel emotions that hit all of us, it’s raw and it’s real, it deals with all aspects of life, from the ups to the very downs and how maybe just a few people can help you cope and understand yourself.
I really enjoyed how Eleanor takes the advice of a friend and goes to a therapist, I have been to therapy before and I will say that while I always didn’t have the right therapist when I finally found that person it was so important and beneficial to me. Honeyman doesn’t shy away from the truth, that’s it okay to talk to someone, it’s even more okay to talk to a professional, and you shouldn’t put yourself down or feel like you need to hide because of it. It’s life, and everyone has something to overcome.
Rating: 4/5 stars