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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

June 12, 2019

 

 

So…I got a bit busy last month and didn’t read much. Not that I didn’t want to, but I had a deadline, and as you all can understand, that, and sleep, took priority. But I’m back to a normal schedule for a few days, and I managed to squeeze in a book, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.

 

At first, the protagonist seemed too quirky for me. While I could appreciate Eleanor's characterization by her using “big words,” the overuse of a few turned me off. If she was so smart, then she'd have a larger vocabulary. At times, Eleanor’s attitude made me want to reach through the pages and shake her, too.

 

However, maybe that was the plan. You can’t write a novel about a character’s change if they don’t change, right? Halfway through the book I found myself cheering for Eleanor. As I turned each page, inside my head I encouraged her to step out on her own and give the good things in life a chance. It reminded me to do the same for myself.

 

So while I didn’t quite like some of the narrative, overall, I enjoyed the story, and gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars. It’s a good summer read to give a person hope. I recommend you give it a try.

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